Dr. Jean-Claude Fouron - member Advisory Board
Dr. Jean-Claude Fouron, professor of paediatrics and director of the cardiology unit fetal cardiology department of the CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital. The College of Physicians of Quebec has recently awarded its Grand Prize in recognition of his contribution to the development of the medical profession, but also for his humanism and commitment to the community. He also received the Charles Biddle on the occasion of the award of Quebec citizenship in 2009. Recognized as a researcher in the functioning and disorders of fetal and neonatal cardiocirculatory system. He is the founder and director since 1989 of the fetal cardiology unit at the Sainte-Justine Hospital. He served as chief of cardiology. He is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Montreal, he is tutoring, writing scientific papers, participated as a speaker at numerous conferences of pediatric cardiology. He is also a researcher, including the functioning and diseases of the cardio-circulatory fetal and neonatal on the use of ultrasound in obstetrics and gynaecology. "He recalled that the heart is the organ most frequently affected by intrauterine malformations. The discovery of cardiac malformations up prospective parents before an agonizing choice: terminate the pregnancy or continue? He adds, tenderly: "Parents are a true act of faith when they leave their child in the hands of the physician." Naturally carries his science to detect congenital heart disease, but he reassures us: "The fetal cardiology brings its share of positive things exciting. "Haiti needs help to meet the challenge of the infant mortality rate, which is 80 per 1000 live births (50 to 100 times higher than in Canada). He, therefore, started a project agreement between the Departments of Pediatrics Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, State University of Haiti and the University of Montreal. So far, things are looking good since it has been endorsed by many colleagues. Recently Dr Jean Claude Fuoron met Chairman IMCHF Dr Zubair and has joined the International Maternal & Child Health Foundation as a member Advisory Board. His addition will be a great motivation for IMCHF workers.
Dr Gloria Jeliu - Clinical Professor Université de Montréal at Saint Justine's Hospital Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics Université de Montréal Member Advisory Board, IMCHF
Dr Jeliu is one of the most Senior & respectful Pediatricians in Canada. In October 2007, at Montreal’s CHU Sainte-Justine, the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) honoured Dr. Gloria Jeliu with its 2007 Medal for Exceptional Contribution to Early Childhood Development. Dr. Jeliu’s research on infants and young children, her unique role in creating the Clinique de protection de l’enfance et the Centre de développement de l’enfance, and her international influence helped to create in Quebec a solid tradition of research on child development and child welfare. Dr. Jeliu shaped several generations of young researchers and paediatricians who have helped advance knowledge and improve practices in support of child development and child welfare. Dr. Gloria Jeliu In awarding this medal, the CEECD wishes to make Dr. Jeliu’s contributions known in Canada and internationally, and, at the same time, recognize her many achievements. Dr Jeliu joined IMCHF to support its cause in helping Children in the developing world.
Natalie Grizenko, MD, FRCPC - Member Advisory Board, IMCHF
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University Natalie Grizenko is an active clinician, researcher, teacher and administrator. She has been medical chief of the Severe Disruptive Behavior Disorders Program since 1988. From 1996 to 2001, she was the director of professional and hospital services at the Douglas Institute and was involved in the restructuring of ultra-specialized programs and the development of a community-based model of psychiatric services. Since October 2001, Natalie Grizenko has assumed the position of medical director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, with the tripartite mandate of integrating research, teaching and clinical excellence throughout the program. She has also been very much involved in clinical teaching and research assuming the role of postgraduate training coordinator in child psychiatry at the Douglas Institute from 1991 to 2001. She was also co-director of the Child Psychopathology Axis of the Douglas Research Center. Natalie Grizenko has conducted research in day treatment effectiveness, risk and protective factors in children, transcultural child psychiatry, the effectiveness of social skills training, pharmacogenetics of ADHD and prenatal/postnatal risk factors in ADHD. She has received (as PI or Co-PI) over 51 grants totalling $3,011,921. She has supervised 80 psychiatry residents, medical research students, Masters and PhD students. Natalie Grizenko has published 53 papers and book chapters and has written 2 books. More recently, Dr Grizenko has joined the International Maternal and Child Health Foundation (IMCHF) as a Member Advisory Board. Under her able supervision, guidance and Mentorship IMCHF will be able to bring great changes in the betterment of Mental Health of Pregnant Mothers and Special Children in underserved countries. Utilizing her knowledge, skills and experience IMCHF will be able to develop clinical and research program in developing countries. Web site: http://www.mcgill.ca/tcpsych/faculty/nataliegrizenko http://www.douglas.qc.ca/researcher/natalie-grizenko
Dr. Syed Muhammad Zubair Masood - Chairman
Dr Zubair is the Founder & Chairman of IMCHF Canada. He is a Pediatrician & humanitarian worker. He has worked in Haiti as Pediatrician & Project Manager and Laid the Foundation of one of the biggest Neonatal Unit in the Country. He has been involved in the development of hospitals and improvement of Health services in Haiti. He had also worked as Pediatrician and Senior Medical Officer with an ERU in a Field Hospital in Haiti after the Earthquake. Through his Leadership skill, he will be able to develop and build momentum around an exciting vision & will be a leading player in the humanitarian sector.
Dr Syed Muneer Ali Shah - Senior Vice Chairman and Director & Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Unit
Syed Muneer Ali Shah is a humanitarian, philanthropist and a healthcare professional. He has joined IMCHF in the capacity of Chief Operational Officer – Ontario Unit and is also a member of the Board of Directors & Vice Chairman of the organization. Dr Shah has been involved in various philanthropic activities including, the establishment of free drug bank and mobile clinics for the poor and needy people of Pakistan. Further, given his interest in Lab Medicine, he has played a pivotal role in arranging blood donor camps providing free blood for non-affordable patients hospitalized in government hospitals in Pakistan. Dr Shah plays a key role in community services and he has been involved in social activities including, collecting and providing food and clothing to specialized vulnerable groups such as; old age senior citizens. He heads many charitable organizations to collect donation for supporting the educational activities of poor children. Finally, he is helping new Canadian immigrants including, international medical doctors and other qualified professionals to get access to their own professional field. Through his qualification and skills, he will be able to provide guidance and develop momentum around an exciting vision & will be a leading player in the humanitarian sector.
Dr Zia UlHaq Choudhry - Vice Chairman and Director Mental Health & Research
MBBS, MCS, MBA, MSc (Psychiatry), PG Cert. (Sleep Medicine). Zia Choudhry is an active clinician, researcher, educator and administrator. He has been involved in International Maternal and Child Health Foundation (IMHF) since its inception and is also a member of the Board of Directors (Mental Health & Research). Since his early adulthood, Dr Choudhry has been involved in different capacities with numerous philanthropy organizations including, Patient Aid foundation, Care and kindness society, and Alamghir welfare trust. Using his unique multifaceted expertise in clinical medicine, medical research, scientific training and health management, he will be able to develop and build momentum around the Mental health and research focus of IMCHF and will help in making this organization a leader in the humanitarian sector. Dr Choudhry completed his medical studies from Sind Medical College and was awarded an MBBS degree (MD equivalent) at the University of Karachi. Further, he received his postgraduate training in Family medicine at different key medical health care facilities including, the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Mumtaz Hospital, etc following which he received his General Physician registration RMP from Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. Zia Choudhry has worked as a Hospitalist and Family Physician focusing on Mental Health disorders at different major medical institutions. Additionally, his academic mindset and interest in research led him to work as a Pharmaceutical Physician (Medical Advisor and Clinical Trial Specialist) at Pfizer Labs. Further, as a part of the Pfizer STAR program, he completed MCS and MBA degrees in Health Informatics and Management from SZABIST and AKU which have helped to polish his Management and administration skills. Dr Choudhry moved to Canada in 2004 and was appointed as a Research Associate in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University. He has worked under the supervision of Drs Natalie Grizenko and Ridha Joober and conducted research in studying the pharmacogenetic basis of Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and in identifying genes modulating behavioural traits relevant to ADHD. During this mandate, Dr Choudhry has received an MSc degree in Psychiatry from McGill University, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sleep Medicine from Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences. More recently, he has completed all requirements for a PhD degree in Psychiatry Genetics and is expected to graduate from McGill in 2013. Dr Choudhry’s unique multifaceted expertise enables him to work as a clinician-scientist developing a more precise pharmaco-genetic profile of ADHD that may ultimately lead to the earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment of this debilitating mental disease. He intends to identify a gene, or genetic segment, that may be involved in the aetiology of ADHD or in modifying the disease phenotype with regard to outcome and/or therapeutic responsiveness. Being a dynamically articulate Family Physician and a Mental Health specialist with the opportunity to guide and inspire professionals in the field of Mental Health and Research within IMCHF is an exciting prospect for Dr Choudhry. He believes that he could contribute to the growth and success of this avant-garde organization. His diverse educational background, skills, and international experience can play a pivotal role in furthering the mental health and research mandate of IMCHF.
Mr. Aqib Yousaf - Director Technology
MS(CS) Canada, MSc (CS) Pakistan, BSc (CS) Pakistan Mr. Aqib is one of the founding members of IMCHF. He is also a member of the Board of Directors (Technology). Mr. Aqib had begun to show an interest in computer programming at a very early age and started his professional career after completing his formal education in computer sciences. He has been associated with several well-reputed software organizations; he has also been involved in many software development and automation projects in different sectors e.g. Aerospace, Business Process to health and education. His experience and expertise, in process automation and infatuate development, has brought drastic changes in his profession as an IT specialist. He has devoted a part of his life for humanitarian work in the areas of health and education, Mr. Aqib has joined IMCHF with a mission to share his knowledge and professionalism, to help people to improve their lives by learning in remote areas where no infrastructure exists, no professionals are available but interactive computer software can be used for awareness and education.
Mr. Muhammad Azam Chuhan, OCT - Director Education
M.Phil. M.Sc. M.Ed. B.Ed.TESL Canada Mr Chuhan is one of the founding members of IMCHF. He is also a member of the Board of Directors (Education). Mr Muhammad started his career as a teacher after completing his education from Quaid-e-Azam University and in 2000; he joined TIAC (Taxila Institute of Asian Civilization) as a research fellow. There, he got wonderful experience by arranging research projects and seminars and organizing research meetings on a national and international level. His association with PISOR (Pakistan Institute of Social Research) as a senior research associate in two research projects funded by Asian Develop Bank and National Council of Social Welfare also played an important role in developing his hidden skills. During his tenure as a research fellow, he had the distinction to visit different international universities to explore research opportunities for collaboration. In this regard, he has had the honour to visit and discuss academic collaboration with Dr M S. Joshi (Aligarh University, India), Dr Gregory L. Posseshl (University of Penn, U.S.A), and Dr Tanveer Alvi (Delhi University, India). Meeting, discussing, working and collaborating with such research icons helped his personal and vocational development and gave him a modern vision with regards to research. His academic collaboration with Research Professor, Ann Jiayao, Institute of Archeology; Chinese Academy of Research resulted in an international research seminar on “Taxila Civilization” in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2001. Being a well-rounded educator, the opportunity to guide and inspire in the field of education within this organization is an exciting prospect for Mr Chuhan. He believes that he could contribute to the growth and success of this esteemed organization (IMCHF). His international experience, diverse educational background and skills can play a vital role in the education sector. He has had the opportunity to teach and evaluate a diverse group of students at Canada College, Douglas Mental University Institute, and J.M.C.
Miss. Mahnoor - Youth Ambassador
Mahnnor Kausar is studying at JMC (high school in Montreal) in Sec 3. She is the first youth ambassador who worked as an Adolescent with IMCH from day first in different activities whether it’s power point preparation for inauguration ceremony or work as a volunteer in her school to perform different social activities to bring student communities closer for the benefit of IMCH. Her speech played a positive role in motivating the other youth community during our fundraising dinner in Toronto. AS IMCHF is a newly established non-profit organization, so there are lots of challenges to run this organization. As she is very innovative and creative, so by using her talent and leadership qualities, with the collaboration of school administration and her peers, Mahnoor created a place to sell chocolate for IMCH at JMC school. Madam Emane, vice-principal at JMC, played an important role in this regard. Madam Emane’s services are appreciated by the chairman and board of directors of IMCHF. Furthermore, Mahnoor presented a wonderful idea to introduce, An Adolescent Ambassador (AAA), program to empower our youth for a better future of our coming generations. She further said that youth could play a vital role in any organization as agents of change and IMCHF also needs to get the benefit from their abilities to keep them on track.
Mrs. Fouzia - Director
Mrs Fouzia is one of the founding members & Member Board of Directors of the Organization. She has brought great motivation among Women. She has decided to dedicate her whole life for IMCHF.
Mr. Ghulam Mujtaba - Director Public Relations
Mr Ghulam Mujtaba is a well-known social worker, humanitarian, philanthropist and an expert realtor. He has joined IMCHF in the capacity of Director Public Relations – Quebec Unit and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the organization. Mr Mujtaba has been involved in numerous communities, social and philanthropic activities including the establishment of the Pakistan Association of LaSalle-QC. Mr Mujtaba understands the importance of newcomers to adopt the values of Québec and Canada as a whole. He has committed himself to help immigrants to integrate these values so that they are recognized as providing a positive and dynamic contribution to Canadian society as a whole. Mr Mujtaba through his leadership has succeeded in convincing the community that mutual assistance depends, first and foremost, on unflagging teamwork geared toward a common goal—the well-being of one and all. Besides the volunteer services for International Maternal &Child Health Foundation (IMCHF), Mr Mujtaba is also volunteering with other community originations in Canada. In recognition of his community services and progressive inspiration for social development, Mr Mujtaba in 2013 has received “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” Medal by the Governor General of Canada and the same year the “Certificate of Reorganization for communities services (Prix Homage Benevolent-Quebec)” by the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity Quebec. In 2011, for community services, the mayor of the Borough of LaSalle (Ville de Montreal) honoured Mr Mujtaba the “Moulin d’Or” award.