James Dowling, MD, PhD

Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. James Dowling is a clinician-scientist focused on gene discovery and therapy development for childhood muscle diseases. He is a staff clinician and senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children as well as the Mogford Campbell family chair in paediatric neurosciences, and a Professor of Paediatrics and Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Dowling received his BSc and MSc from Yale University and his MD/PhD from the University of Chicago. His PhD work was performed in the laboratory of  Elaine  Fuchs. He did his residency in child neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and completed postdoctoral research with Jeff Golden (UPenn) and Eva Feldman (University of Michigan). Before coming to Toronto, he was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan from 2009-2013.

Dr. Dowling’s clinical expertise is in childhood neuromuscular disorders and he is considered one of the leading authorities on the diagnosis and management of congenital myopathies. His research examines questions of disease pathogenesis and therapy development for congenital myopathies and childhood muscular dystrophies. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and been fortunate to enjoy funding from several sources, including CIHR, NIH, MDA, and Genome Canada. He currently serves on the executive boards of TREAT NMD and the World Muscle Society, and is the chairperson of the Canadian Pediatric Neuromuscular Group.