Dr. Friedman is a Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia. He is currently Acting Executive Director of the Child & Family Research Institute and Acting Associate Dean (Research) in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. During his tenure as Head of the UBC Department of Medical Genetics in 1988-1999, he developed and implemented the Medical Genetics Graduate Programme and the MSc Genetic Counsellor Training Programme. Dr. Friedman has been an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and 8 books. His current research focuses on the use of genomic technologies to identify causes of intellectual disability. He also studies the effects of various medications on human embryonic and fetal development and has made important contributions to the clinical and epidemiological understanding of neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that leads to the occurrence of many benign and malignant tumours.