Prof. Heather Hume (Co-Investigator)

Prof. Hume holds an MD from Queen’s University Canada and Certification in Pediatrics and Hematology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada. She completed her fellowship in immunohematology at the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie and the Centre National de Transfusion Sanguine in Paris, France.

Prof. Hume is a staff member of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics at the Centre Hospitalière Universitaire Sainte-Justine (CHU-SJ) Montreal Canada where she currently holds the position of Professor Clinical Medicine. CHU-SJ is a tertiary care pediatric/maternal hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal. From 1985 to 2000 she was a full-time member of staff during which time she was the medical director of the hospital transfusion service and the comprehensive care program for patients with hemoglobinopathies and thalassemia. From 2001 to 2009 , she held the position of Executive Medical Director Transfusion Medicine at Canadian Blood Services (CBS) the national blood supplier for all Canadian provinces and territories except Quebec. Throughout her time at CBS she retained her affiliation with CHU-SJ.
After leaving CBS in 2009, she resumed her clinical and academic activities as a pediatric hematologist at CHU-SJ and since then has been dividing her time and professional activities between Montreal Canada and Kampala Uganda where she is affiliated with the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health College of Health Sciences Makerere University.

Throughout her career, Prof. Hume's areas of clinical interest have been non-malignant pediatric hematology and transfusion medicine with research activities mainly focused on clinical transfusion medicine. She has been a member of several national and international transfusion medicine committees and is currently president of the Quebec “Comité consultatif national en médicine transfusionnelle'', an advisory committee to the Ministry of Health. At Makerere University Kampala. she is primarily involved in teaching research and clinical consultation in transfusion medicine and non-malignant pediatric hematology in particular sickle cell disease. Consequently she has a growing interest and expertise in the fields of global pediatric hematology and transfusion medicine.