Jonathan Down is the Developmental Paediatrician for the Island Health Authority (IHA), based at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health in Victoria, British Columbia. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC and a member of the Division of Developmental Paediatrics at the BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver. He is an Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria.

Dr Down graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, University of London in 1975. He trained in general paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. After several years of general and acute care experience, Dr Down completed a sub-specialty fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Paediatrics at Sunny Hill Health Center for Children, Vancouver.

This was combined with a Masters in Health Science (Community Health and Epidemiology) at UBC. Dr Down’s clinical and research interests have focused on children and adults with prenatal alcohol exposure, and Fragile X syndrome.

Current advocacy work includes being a Board member and President-elect of Physicians for Global Survival (Canadian Affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) and Chairperson of Whitecrow Village FASD Society.