International Scientific Advisory Committee

The International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) is a global panel of child health equity experts. Its members share their expertise with the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine and The Hospital for Sick Children leadership, to enhance the vision of the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children.

The ISAC mandate is to advise the Centre’s Co-Directors and is comprised of the following members:


Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba  Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of Research, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy  Research Scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba 

Marni Brownell



Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health  Co-Director of the NIHR Children and Families Policy Research Unit  Theme Lead for Public Health, Health Data Research London

Ruth Gilbert



ISAC Chair  Director, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital  Theme Director, Population Health at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Sharon Goldfeld


Patrick Ip

Clinical Professor, Department of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

Patrick Ip


Rita Hamad

Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health  Director, Social Policies for Health Equity Research (SPHERE) Center 

Rita Hamad