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2022 VHL International Medical Symposium

The virtual Symposium brought together researchers and medical professionals from all over the globe to discuss the latest in VHL research and treatment.

The 2022 Symposium was held in partnership with the VHL Alliance and the Toronto VHL Network. It featured a keynote address by celebrated researcher Marston Linehan, MD of the National Institutes of Health and a presentation by Nobel laureate Gregg L. Semenza, MD, PhD.

Nobel Laureate Gregg L. Semenza, MD, PhD.


Marston Linehan, MD of the National Institutes of Health

Themes Discussed:

  • VHL Basic Science

  • Clinical Manifestations in VHL

  • Endocrine Manifestations in VHL

Guest Speakers

Canadian VHL Alliance and Cancer Research Society $120,000 research grant winners:


Sandra Turcotte, PhD

Canadian Cancer Society Research Chair, New Brunswick , Researcher in Residency, Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, Canada, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, New Brunswick Centre for Precision Medicine, Canada


Hamed S. Najafabadi, PhD

Canada Research Chair, Systems Biology of Gene Regulation, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, Canada

Other Canadian presenters include:

  • Raymond Kim, Clinician Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, leader OICR’s Ontario Hereditary Cancer Research Network (OHCRN)

  • Fraser Ferens, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Oh Laboratory, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

  • Kalene van Engelen, Certified Genetic Counsellor, Canada London Health Sciences Centre, Canada

  • Paul Nathan, Head, Solid Tumor Section, Director, Aftercare Program, Division of Haematology/Oncology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Professor, Departments of Paediatrics and Healthy Policy, Management & Evaluation University of Toronto

  • Ozgur Mete, MD, Professor, University of Toronto Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology - Anatomic Pathology, Canada

Patient presenters include:

  • Andrew Lyle Gowan

  • CVHLA Board Member Jess Pearson

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