Rare Diseases


Larry Lynd, BSP, PhD

Project Principal Investigator

Dr. Larry Lynd received his BSP in 1986 from the University of Saskatchewan and his PhD in the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia in 2002. He then completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in health economics with Dr. Bernie O’Brien at McMaster University. He is a Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical ..more..

Stirling Bryan, MSc, PhD

Dr. Stirling Bryan is a trained economist with a career-long specialization in the economics of health care. His PhD (Economics) was obtained from Brunel University (UK), following a Masters (Health Economics) from the University of York (UK). For over 20 years he has been a university-based practicing health economist with extensive engagement to the policy and decision ..more..

Lorne Clarke, BSc, MDCM, FRCPC, FCCMG

Dr. Lorne Clarke is a professor of medical genetics at the University of British Columbia, Canada and is a clinical and biochemical geneticist in the Provincial Medical Genetics Program for the Province of British Columbia. He served as medical director of the provincial program for 5 years and is currently the acting head of the genetics research cluster at the Child and Family ..more..

Doug Coyle, MA, MSc, PhD

Dr. Doug Coyle is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Doug obtained his PhD from Brunel University. His research focuses on the methods of conducting economic evaluation of health care interventions. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and has taught graduate programs in health economics for ..more..


Dr. Jan M. Friedman received his MD and MS degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans and his PhD in Genetics from the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital and a Clinical Fellowship in Medical Genetics at the University of Washington. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics ..more..

Yann Joly, LLB, LLM, PhD (DCL)

Yann Joly, Ph.D. (DCL), is a Lawyer and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics at McGill University, as well as a research fellow from the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) and a researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public (Université de Montréal). He also works as an ethics and legal consultant in the private sector ..more..

Peter Klein, BA, MS

Peter W. Klein is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and Director of the Graduate School of Journalism. Klein joined the faculty of UBC in 2005, and in 2008 he launched the International Reporting Program in which he takes students overseas to produce major works of global journalism. His 2010 class’ Frontline/WORLD documentary investigating the international electronic waste ..more..

Bartha Maria Knoppers, MA, LLB, BCL, DLS, PhD

Dr. Bartha Maria Knoppers, PhD, holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine (Tier 1: 2001 – ). She is Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University. She held the Chair d’excellence Pierre Fermat (France: 2006-2008), was named Distinguished Visiting Scientist (Netherlands Genomics Initiative) ..more..

Carlo Marra, BScPharm, PharmD, PhD

Dr. Carlo Marra is Dean and Professor at the School of Pharmacy at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and previously an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC and the Director for the Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. ..more..

Fiona Miller, PhD

Fiona A. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and holds a New Investigator Award from the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Fiona leads a broadly-based research program centred on health technology policy, with an emphasis on genetic and genomic ..more..

Craig Mitton, MSC, PhD

Dr. Craig Mitton is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation and an Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Craig holds a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award and from 2005-2009 was at UBC Okanagan where he held a Canada Research Chair in Health ..more..

Sandra Sirrs, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Sandra Sirrs received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia and is a clinical associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology at UBC. She is the medical director of the Adult Metabolic Diseases Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital, one of the largest free-standing clinics for adults with inborn errors of metabolism in the world.