Krista Byrne

My CHEO Story

We are a family of 5 – our oldest son Owen  is healthy and happy. Soon after our daughter Alyssa was born, we noticed she wasn’t meeting her developmental milestones. Approximately 3 years later, she was diagnosed with Methylmalonic Semialdehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency through the genetics/metabolic team at CHEO. We are grateful that we were able to receive a diagnosis. Later, our youngest son Connor was born. There was a 1 in 4 chance that Connor could be affected with the same disease. Connor is a carrier of the disease but is not affected by it. We are truly grateful to CHEO for their support and for all the services that they provide for our daughter.

Why I'm involved

I’m interested in being involved with relevant research projects so that I can give back to CHEO-RI. Also, I’d like to help other families that are experiencing some of the same things that my family has.

Areas of Interest


My Role

  • Research Project Reviewer: Mental Health
  • Research Project Reviewer: Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Mental Health Disorders: A Retrospective Population-Based Cohort Study