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Sunita Venkateswaran Photo of Dr. Venkateswaran
Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Physician, Division of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, CHEO
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine,
University of Ottawa
613-737-7600 Ext. 1605
Research Practice Areas:
  • Leukodystrophies
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurodegeneration with Brain iron accumulation
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
Current Research:
Dr. Venkateswaran’s current research focuses on clinical and translational research in the fields of Leukodystrophies and Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA). She is the principle investigator for a clinical and genetic study of Fatty Acid Hydroxylase associated neurodegeneration (FAHN). She is also the principal investigator for a forthcoming Canadian incidence study of pediatric onset leukodystrophies.
Dr. Venkateswaran is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa, a pediatric neurologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and a clinical investigator at the CHEO Research Institute. She completed her Neurology Fellowship in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis at the Montreal Neurological Institute and The Hospital for Sick Children. Her area of clinical expertise is in Neurodegenerative conditions (Leukodystrophies and Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA)) and neuroinflammatory conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis. She has been involved in international Pediatric MS clinical trials and is part of the Canadian and International Pediatric MS consortiums. She is the director of the CHEO Leukodystrophy clinic and runs the Canadian site for TIRCON, the international NBIA consortium. She has co-authored more than 30 peer reviewed publications and written 5 textbook chapters.
Sample Publications:
Zambonin JL, Dyment DA, Xi Y, Lamont RE, Hartley T, Miller E, Kerr M, Care4Rare Canada Consortium, Boycott KM, Parboosingh JS, Venkateswaran S. A novel mutation in LAMC3 associated with generalized polymicrogyria of the cortex and epilepsy. Neurogenetics 2017.

Simons C, Dyment D, Bent SJ, Crawford J, D’Hooge M, Kohlschutter A, Venkateswaran S, Helman G, Poll-Thee B-T, Makowski CC, Ito, Y, Kernohan K, Hartley T, Waisfisz, Q, Taft RJ, Care4Rare Consoritu, van der Knaap MS, Wolf NI. A recurrent de novo mutation in TMEM106B causes a hypomyelinating Leukodystrophy. Brain 2017 Nov 27

Lines MA, Ito Y, Kernohan KD, Mears W, Hurteau-Miller J, Venkateswaran S, Ward L, Khatchadourian K, McClintock J, Bhola P; Care4Rare Consortium, Campeau PM, Boycott KM, Michaud J, van Kuilenburg AB, Ferdinandusse S, Dyment DA. Yunis-Varón syndrome caused by biallelic VAC14 mutations. Eur J Hum Genet. 2017 Sep;25(9):1049-1054

Yea C, Bitnun A, Robinson J, Mineyko A, Barton M, Mah JK, Vajsar J, Richardson S, Licht C, Brophy J, Crone M, Desai S, Hukin J, Jones K, Muir K, Pernica JM, Pless R, Pohl D, Rafay MF, Selby K, Venkateswaran S, Bernard G, Yeh EA. Longitudinal Outcomes in the 2014 Acute Flaccid Paralysis Cluster in Canada: A Nationwide Study. J Child Neurol. 2017 Mar;32(3):301-307

Rostasy K, Bajer-Kornek B, Venkateswaran S, Hemingway C, Tardieu M. Differential diagnosis and evaluation in pediatric inflammatory demyelinating disorders. Neurology. 2016 Aug 30;87(9 Suppl 2);S28-37

Thulasirajah S, Pohl, D, Davila-Acosta J, Venkateswaran S. Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein (MOG) associated pediatric CNS demyelination: Clinical course, neuroimaging findings and response to therapy. Neuropediatrics. 2016 Aug;47(4):245-52

Long M, Abdeen N, Geraghty M, Hayflick SJ, Hogarth P, Venkateswaran S. Novel WDR45 mutation and pathognomonic BPAN imaging in a young female with mild cognitive delay. Pediatrics. 2015 Sep; 136(3):714-7
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