Dr Kim Blake
Dr. Kim Blake is a professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She has been researching in CHARGE syndrome over the last 35 years and has published extensively. She has answered research questions concerning post-operative airway events, sleep apnea, bone health, cranial nerve abnormalities and gastrointestinal issues. In the last 10 years Dr. Blake has partnered with Dr. Jason Berman and they have developed a zebra-fish-model of CHARGE syndrome to answer further research questions.
Dr. Blake’s other professional interest is in medical education research. She has developed the Structured Communication Adolescent Guide (SCAG). This is a validated programmatic assessment tool used to provide feedback to trainees from real Adolescent patients and Adolescent Standardized Patients (SP’s). Her areas of expertise in medical education are: Standardized patients particularly adolescents, feedback, and assessment. She has published widely and is recognized internationally. She has been awarded the prestigious prize of the Silver Shovel for the most outstanding clinical teacher at Dalhousie Medical School on two occasions. Dr. Blake reviews for numerous medical education journals and has been rated highly for this by the AAMC and MedEdPORTAL. Dr. Blake is one of the program organizers of the Clinical Skills Conference, held every 2 years in Prato, Italy
CHARGE syndrome is a complex genetic disorder that has been the focus of my research for the last 37 years. CHARGE syndrome affects many of the sensory systems such as balance, hearing, vision and proprioception. Cranial nerve disorders are a dominant feature of CHARGE syndrome. Our research with the Zebra-fish has led to new insight about the Vagus nerve. Individuals with CHARGE syndrome are resilient, determined, bright and energetic. I have been very fortunate to share in their lives and continue to learn from them and their families everyday.