CanCOVID is an active network of researchers, academics, patient partners, decision makers, and industry partners dedicated to an evidence-informed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CanCOVID’s purpose is to support the scientific effort and community in their work through encouraging multidisciplinary collaborations and helping to connect people and resources to enable rapid knowledge mobilization and science-to-policy action. They are also committed to helping to provide their government partners with a better line of sight to existing and emerging COVID-19 science and research.
Evidence Synthesis Network
The Evidence Synthesis Network (ESN) is a collaborative COVID-19 response initiative by Ontario’s research and knowledge production community. We aim to enhance collective impact, reduce duplication, standardize products, and foster collaboration in order to streamline the processing of getting evidence on COVID-19 issues and questions to the people who need it.
The ESN is comprised of prominent organizations in Ontario’s evidence synthesis and knowledge translation community. We collectively provide high-quality, relevant, and timely synthesized research evidence about COVID-19 to inform decision makers as the pandemic continues.
The Network accepts questions on COVID-19 from decision-makers in government, agencies, and the broader health system who require scientific evidence, jurisdictional scans, and promising innovation scans.
The ESN is co-chaired by Anne Hayes, Director of the Research, Analysis and Evaluation Branch of the Ministry of Health, and Rob Reid, Chief Scientist of the Institute for Better Health and Senior Vice President, Science, Trillium Health Partners.
Modelling Consensus Table
The Ontario COVID-19 Modelling Consensus Table is a group of scholars and professionals who are using advanced modelling methodologies to generate estimates around incidence, prevalence, and the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario and its impact on health and the health system.
The Modelling Consensus Table’s objectives are to:
- Offer best possible guidance to decision-makers and health system leaders about the dynamic and evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario including;
- Leverage the latest knowledge and advances in techniques and data sources;
- Rapidly fulfill related data needs from data partners across the health system;
- Rapidly respond to a prioritized list of research questions that can support the current fight against COVID-19 in Ontario;
- Leverage the collective analytic expertise of the Ministry of Health, Ontario Health, and Public Health Ontario, along with scholars and experts working on COVID-19 models.
The Modelling Consensus Table works with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Health, Ontario Health, and Public Health Ontario.
PhD, FRSC, FNAS (India)
Co-Chair Director, Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences Professor of Mathematics, University of Toronto
Kumar Murty is the Director of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, a position he has held since July 2019. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1982. From 1982 to 1987 he held research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Concordia University, and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. In 1987, he was appointed as Associate Professor at the Downtown campus of the University of Toronto, and in 1991 he was promoted to Full Professor. He was Chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto Downtown campus during 2008-2013 and 2014-2017.
He has served on the Canadian Mathematical Society Board of Directors during 1995-1999 and was Vice President during 2009-2011. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1995, Fields Institute Fellow in 2003, and Senior Fellow of Massey College in 2020. He received the Coxeter-James Prize in 1991 and the University of Toronto’s Inventor of the Year Award in 2011.
Professor Murty works in the areas of number theory, algebraic geometry and their applications to information technology. He has over 125 published articles in leading scholarly journals and and he has authored or edited 7 books. His recent work has expanded to mathematical modelling in social, economic and health contexts. This includes his work on Smart Villages, which received a Connaught Global Challenges Award in 2017, and his work on integrative modelling related to the pandemic. In particular, he heads the CIHR funded Mathematical Modelling of COVID-19 Task Force to undertake research relating to COVID-19. Representing the Fields Institute, in partnership with AARMS, CRM, and PIMS, and in collaboration with PHAC, VIDO-Intervac, and the NRC, the task force brings together Canadian mathematics institutes, national and international co-investigators, collaborators, and team members, to mobilize a network of infectious disease modellers to assess transmission risk, predict outbreak trajectories, and evaluate the effectiveness of COVID-19 countermeasures.
RN, MBA, MEcDec, PhD
Co-Chair Canada Research Chair in Economics of Infectious Diseases; Scientist & Director, Population Health Economics Research (PHER), University Health Network; Director, Health Modeling & Health Economics, Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) collaborative; Associate Professor & Faculty Co-Lead Health Technology Assessment program, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto; Adjunct Scientist, Public Health Ontario; Adjunct Scientist, ICES
Beate Sander, RN MBA MEcDev PhD, is an internationally recognized leader in infectious disease economics with extensive expertise in health economics and simulation modeling. Dr. Sander holds a Canada Research Chair in Economics of Infectious Diseases and is principal investigator of several multidisciplinary projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and other funders, including an evaluation of Zika virus – and recently COVID-19 – interventions using computer simulation. She has developed novel approaches to evaluate intersectoral interventions and pioneered research on the burden of infectious diseases in Canada using linked population-based data. Dr. Sander has received several awards for research excellence. She contributes substantively to federal/provincial policy decision-making, serving as an expert to national and international advisory bodies, including Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), where she also chairs the Economics Task Group and co-chairs the Economic Guidelines Task Group. Dr. Sander is the Faculty Co-Lead for the Health Technology Assessment emphasis at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, and teaches a popular graduate course on decision-analytic modeling and cost-effectiveness.
Executive Director Professor of epidemiology at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health Executive Director of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health
John McLaughlin is a Professor of epidemiology at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Executive Director of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health. He has more than 30 years of experience in leading interdisciplinary health research teams, as well as executive level management, knowledge translation, scholarly work and service. John provides senior leadership across the public health and health research systems, as he advises on strategic opportunities, emerging trends and partnerships to advance population health through applied research. John retired in 2019 as Chief Science Officer and Senior Scientist at Public Health Ontario, and he previously served as Senior Visiting Scientist at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Vice President and Senior Scientist at Cancer Care Ontario, Founding Director of the Ontario Health Study at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. His research programs integrate diverse approaches and disciplines in large-scale studies, aiming to improve disease prevention and health promotion. Trained as an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto (PhD) and Queen’s University (MSc), his sustained research program has resulted in more than 300 publications.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto; Diseases consultant, Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Toronto General Hospital
Dr. Isaac Bogoch is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine, and is an Infectious Diseases consultant and General Internist at the Toronto General Hospital with a focus on tropical diseases, HIV, and general infectious diseases. He completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Toronto, and then specialized in Infectious Diseases at Harvard University. He holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and has completed fellowships in both Tropical Infectious Diseases and HIV care.
Kevin Antoine Brown
Scientist, Infection Prevention and Control, Public Health Ontario Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Adjunct Scientist, ICES
Kevin Brown is an infectious disease epidemiologist and health services researcher at Public Health Ontario and the University of Toronto. He received his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto and his MSc in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina. He studies healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance, with a specialty in Clostridiodes difficile. His research has focused on creating reproducible indexes of antibiotic risk, understanding the role of built environment in infectious disease transmission, and documenting geographic variation in diagnosis of infections, prescribing of antibiotics, and outcomes.
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Scientist, Public Health Ontario; Adjunct Scientist, ICES
Sarah Buchan is a Scientist at Public Health Ontario (PHO) in Health Protection where she conducts applied public health research related to the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable and other infectious diseases. Her interests include studying the burden of respiratory viruses in high-risk populations, assessing vaccine effectiveness, and estimating vaccine coverage. Dr. Buchan is an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and an Adjunct Scientist at ICES. She has been supporting PHO’s COVID-19 Incident Management System since February 2020.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Queen’s University
Troy Day is a Professor and the Associate Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University. He is an applied mathematician whose research focuses on dynamical systems, optimization, and game theory, applied to models of infectious disease dynamics and evolutionary biology. He is the author of two calculus textbooks for the life sciences and a textbook on mathematical modeling. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been the recipient of the E.W.R. Steacie Prize, an E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship, and a Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship.
CASM, MSc, PhD
Mathematics, McMaster University
David Earn is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University. His primary research interests are in infectious disease dynamics, from the time of the Black Death to the present.
He was an undergraduate in mathematics at the University of Toronto, and received his PhD in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and holder of an Isaac Newton Studentship. As a postdoctoral fellow in Cambridge and Princeton, he shifted focus to biological problems, especially the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
He is a recipient of a CIHR New Investigator Award and an Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award. He is a member of the executive committee of the M. G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster.
Web site: http://davidearn.mcmaster.ca
MD MPH FRCP(C)
Professor of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Dr. David Fisman is Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, at the University of Toronto, and a practicing Internist with a focus on infectious diseases.
Chair, Evidence Synthesis Network Director, Research, Analysis and Evaluation Branch, Strategic Policy, Planning and French Language Services Division, Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care
Anne has an international track record in strategic policy and research development through progressive leadership roles in government organizations and universities in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and Canada. Since her recruitment to Ontario ten years ago, Anne has frequently been recognized with public service awards (ie ACE and Amethyst Awards) for her work on strategic policy and research initiatives at the Ministries of Health / Long-Term Care. Most recently, Anne has led the modernization of the research function creating the new Applied Health Evidence Program to guide strategic and relevant research investments applying integrated knowledge translation, and patient-oriented research approaches. She leads a team of high skilled policy and research analysts who provide tailored evidence synthesis, economic analysis, and evaluation consultancy services to clients across the ministries. She has actively brokered stronger relationships between the research community and health system knowledge users and is frequently a health system knowledge user on CIHR funded research grants. Anne and her team quickly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic including: established the Evidence Synthesis (ES) Network of leading ES experts across the province; produced a number of Evidence Synthesis Briefing Notes; produced weekly Evidence Updates for the sector; developed the COVID-19 Research Priorities Framework and Challenge Question initiative; partnered with Ministry of Colleges and Universities and CIHR on COVID-19 research funding opportunities; and participated in the COVID-19 modelling table.
Assistant Deputy Minister, Capacity Planning and Analytics Division, Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Michael is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic, coordinated approaches to health workforce and capacity planning ensuring that an optimal supply, mix, and distribution of health professionals. He leads the data and analytics portfolio for the ministries of health and long-term care providing insights to improve planning, programming, and accountability.
He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation where he teaches and publishes in the areas of health services research and knowledge translation.
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Department of Medicine and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto Director, Applied Health Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
Peter is the Director of the Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC) at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Clinical Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases, and is a Professor at the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern in Switzerland, completed his training in internal medicine at various hospitals in Switzerland, and was a Research Fellow at the Department of Social Medicine at the University of Bristol, UK. Prior to joining St. Michael’s Hospital, Peter was the Director of the Institute of Primary Health Care and Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He held previous appointments as Director of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern and Founding Director of CTU Bern, the University’s clinical trials unit.
Peter is internationally renowned for his methodological work and for his clinical research on the management of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disorders. A Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, he has had leading roles in several major cardiovascular trials, including SIRTAX, LEADERS, FAME 2 and MATRIX, served as a member of several task forces of the European Society of Cardiology and co-authored the European guidelines on myocardial revascularization and on the management of acute myocardial infarction. Peter served as Editor of two Cochrane Review Groups, and contributed to the Cochrane Risk of bias tools for randomized and non-randomized studies. Since March 2020, he has worked nearly exclusively on clinical trials, observational studies, basic research and science communication related to COVID-19. Peter contributed to over 400 papers, which were cited more than 100,000 times. Since 2015 he has been recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher.
MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC
Senior Core Scientist, ICES; Scientist, Public Health Ontario; Family Physician, Toronto Western Family Health Team; Associate Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute; Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Jeff Kwong is an epidemiologist, a specialist in public health and preventive medicine, and a family physician. He is the Program Leader of the Populations and Public Health Program at ICES, a Scientist at Public Health Ontario, a Professor at the University of Toronto, and the Interim Director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases. He has conducted a range of studies related to the epidemiology of influenza and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Chief Economist and Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Finance
Brian Lewis is Chief Economist and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Office of Economic Policy (OEP) in the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He was appointed to the position in March 2015. In this role Brian leads the development of advice to the Ontario government on economic performance, forecasting, analysis and policy. He also plays a leading role in the Ontario Public Service on statistical policy and practices.
Brian joined the Ministry of Finance from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, where he contributed to the transformation of the provincial occupational health and safety system as Director of the Strategy and Integration Branch in the Prevention Office. Brian previously had worked for many years at the Ontario Ministry of Finance in progressively senior roles in the areas of revenue and economic forecasting and analysis.
Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Brian taught economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University and the University of Alberta. He also studied economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario and the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
MD, MSc, MBA, CPA, CMA
Senior Manager, Health Analytics Branch, Health System Information Management and Investment, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Toronto; Ontario Ministry of Health
Kamil was appointed as an inaugural director of Health Data Science Branch in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in April 2018. Before that Kamil worked as a Senior Manager, Methods and Modelling Unit in Health Analytics Branch since March 2009. In his current capacity, Kamil leads the predictive analytics, forecasting and artificial intelligence portfolio that supports decision making in the Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care. Prior to joining the Ministry, Kamil led large multicenter randomized clinical trial from McMaster University, worked in pharmaceutical industry, United Nations System. He also worked as a physician in hospitals and primary care in multiple jurisdictions and relief agencies. In addition to being international medial graduate, Kamil completed master’s degrees in health policy, planning and financing from London School Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and business administration from McMaster University. Kamil is also chartered public accountant in Ontario. He also holds and appointment as an adjunct faculty with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. In his role as a member of Modelling Consensus table Kamil led team efforts to provide administrative data to all members of the modeling table and led work on development of models to forecast LTC outbreaks, cases and death in LTC residents.
MD, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Scientist, St. Michael’s Hospital
Sharmistha Mishra, MD, MSc, PhD is an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist, and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Modeling and Program Science. She worked in Sierra Leone with the WHO during the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014-2016. Her research focuses on disentangling sources of heterogeneity in risks of onward transmission and is grounded in the implementation of adaptive public health strategies tailored to meet the needs of populations at differential risks. Since March 2020, she and the research lab have been working with Toronto Public Health, Safehaven, Chiefs of Ontario; and hospitals, shelters, and long-term care homes in the Greater Toronto Area to conduct data-driven epidemic modeling around sources of heterogeneity in the spread of SARS-CoV-2 with a focus on examining and evaluating population- and place-specific interventions. The lab is also conducting observational epidemiology and SARS-CoV-2 transmission modeling projects with colleagues across 5 provinces in Canada, with a focus on heterogeneity and structural inequities as mediators of epidemic spread. Sharmistha is also supporting the CanCOGen Implementation Committee as an infectious disease epidemiologist.
Shahla has significant experience in designing or implementing transformation initiatives in health care, medical education, and research systems in Canada and internationally. She has led high profile portfolios for public sector such as: digital health solutions; system level performance measurement frameworks; evaluation of governments’ investments; quantitative and qualitative policy research; evidence-based strategy planning; and design of new service delivery models. Shahla received a WHO award in recognition of her contributions to development of medical education research abroad. She holds masters’ degrees in Epidemiology (MSc) and Education Leadership (MEd); graduate degrees in Research in Education and Health Services Policy Research; and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
Director of Labour Economics, Ontario Ministry of Finance
Bill Praamsma is currently the Director of Labour Economics in the Office of Economic Policy at the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Bill previously worked in various roles at the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, including as Director or Research and Planning and Project Director of the University Funding Formula Project.
- Declaration(s) of Interest:
- 2021-02-08 (PDF)
MD, MPH, FRCPC
Senior Scientist and Geriatrician Women’s College Hospital; Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; RTOERO Chair in Geriatric Medicine, University of Toronto.
Dr. Rochon is a geriatrician and senior scientist at Women’s College Hospital. She is a professor in the Department of Medicine and is the inaugural RTOERO Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Rochon’s research focuses on understanding the unique needs of older adults, particularly older women, and promotes their health and wellness. She has contributed to our understanding of aging and its impact both on individual patients and the healthcare system. These contributions include highlighting the need to consider sex, gender and age in research so that results are more relevant to older women and men and tailoring prescribing strategies to reduce adverse drug events.
Dr. Rochon has a strong record of federal funding and has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is the Vice-Chair of the CIHR Institute of Aging Advisory Board and has received research distinctions, including being elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and being awarded the Eaton Clinical Researcher of the Year Award for 2020 from the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In January of 2020, she was invited to participate on an Advisory Group to support the Ministry of Long-Term Care in developing a long-term care staffing study; in April 2020 she was invited to join a national Task Group on COVID-19 in long-term care homes. This task group was convened to provide practical advice to the federal government on the topic of long-term care homes.
Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Adjunct Scientist ICES and Site Director, ICES Member, Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (Vulnerable Populations/Population Health) Affiliate Scientist, Institute for Better Health (Trillium Health Partners) Faculty Affiliate, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Laura C. Rosella, PhD is an epidemiologist and Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Analytics and scientific appointments at the Vector Institute, Institute of Better Health and ICES. Her research interests include developing and validating prediction models to support health planning and examining the population and health system impact of the social determinants of health.
Vice-President, Public Health Ontario Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Brian Schwartz provides executive leadership for PHO’s public health science and population health programs including environmental and occupational health, health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention, and research and ethics services. Previous portfolios include health protection, emergency preparedness, communicable diseases and infection prevention and control. Dr. Schwartz served as Scientific Advisor to the Emergency Management Branch of the Ministry of Heath and Long Term Care from 2004 to 2011, and was Public Health Ontario’s inaugural Chief of Emergency Management Support. He acted as Vice-chair of the Ontario SARS Scientific Advisory Committee in 2003 and was Chair of the Scientific Response Team for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
Before entering public health Dr. Schwartz practiced emergency medicine for over 30 years in community and academic settings. He held the position of Director of the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Care from 1996 to 2009, and has published extensively in emergency medicine, prehospital/paramedic care, and health emergency preparedness and response. He has been a member of the Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan Working Group since its inception.
Brian obtained his medical degree and Master of Science in Community Health from the University of Toronto and in 2012. He received his certification in emergency medicine from and is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, Sinai Health and the University Health Network Hospitals Research Fellow, Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital PhD Candidate, Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program and the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. Nathan Stall received his medical degree from Western University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is currently a research fellow at Women‘s College Research Institute at Women’s College Hospital and is completing a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. His doctoral research uses large administrative databases to study the population health impact of caregiving for dementia. His other research interests include drug safety for older adults, sex and gender-based determinants of ageing, and health care utilization among persons with dementia. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been actively involved in research modelling long-term care home outbreaks and the factors associated with outbreaks occurring and the spread of COVID-19 throughout homes. His research is supported by the University of Toronto Department of Medicine’s Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program and the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. He has been a Staff Geriatrician at Sinai Health System since 2017. His clinical work focuses on acute care geriatrics. Dr. Stall attends on the inpatient Geriatric Medicine Consultation Service and on the Internal Medicine Clinical Teaching Units at Mount Sinai Hospital.
PhD, MPH, MSc
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Department of Population Medicine (Greer), University of Guelph
Ashleigh Tuite is an infectious disease epidemiologist, mathematical modeler, and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Tuite’s research program focuses on the use of mathematical modeling and other quantitative methods to improve decision-making for emerging, re-emerging, and endemic communicable diseases. She uses models to project the spread of communicable diseases and better understand and quantify the health, economic, and social implications of different control measures and policies. She is particularly interested in the use of mathematical models to synthesize and communicate complex information and uncertainty.
Core Scientist, Indigenous Health Lead, ICES; Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health, Laurentian University; Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
Jennifer Walker is a Haudenosaunee member of Six Nations of the Grand River with a Ph.D. in Community Health Services (Epidemiology). Dr. Walker’s work focuses largely on Indigenous community-engaged research using large health services databases. Her program of research is supported by a Canada Research Chair for Indigenous Health at Laurentian University and through her work as a Core Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). Dr. Walker’s primary academic appointment is at Laurentian University within the School of Rural and Northern Health; she also holds professor status at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Walker’s research program aims to work with Indigenous populations so that they are able to take ownership and control of their health data in order to use it toward the benefit and wellbeing of their people and communities. Much of her recent collaborations have focused on addressing community health data priorities related to COVID-19. Notably, her program has produced COVID-19 epidemiological models to support the Chiefs of Ontario, the Ontario Regional Chief and other First Nations leadership to develop their pandemic planning and response. Dr. Walker’s program has also completed models for two individual First Nation communities and one First Nations health authority and supported one other community to produce their own models. Dr. Walker also provides weekly reports on the COVID-19 testing and test results data of First Nations people living in Ontario using the laboratory testing data linked with ICES data. These weekly reports – now in their eighth week – are developed for use by the PTO and First Nations community who submitted the AHRQ request.
- Declaration(s) of Interest:
- 2021-03-09 (PDF)
MD, MPH, PhD
Secretary-General, International Union Against TB and Lung Disease; Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Xiaolin is a medical doctor, public health specialists, professor and the Dalla Lana Chair in Global Health Policy in the University of Toronto. He became a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of UK in 2012. Xiaolin has conducted research using implementation science frameworks to change clinical practice and make impacts at the policy level in areas of antimicrobial resistance, tuberculosis control and diabetes/ hypertension care. He also conducted comparative analysis for primary care reforms. He has published over 100 peer reviewed research papers, and led over $7m research funding as the principal investigator from MRC, DFID, CIHR, StopTB Partnership and HK RGC. He serves as board member and has served as the Secretary General and Vice President of the International Union of Lung Disease.
Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, York University; Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences; Centre for Disease Modelling, York University
Jianhong Wu is a University Distinguished Research Professor and Senior Canada Research Chair in Industrial and Applied Mathematics, York University. He is also the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in vaccine mathematics, modelling, and manufacturing. His expertise includes dynamical systems and bifurcation theory, that develops methodologies to identify long-term dynamic scenarios of an epidemiological system. He also pioneered a neural network architecture for pattern recognition in high dimensional data. This expertise, along with his interdisciplinary collaborative network, put him in a good position to develop a reciprocal linkage between public health and mathematics. Staring from the 2003 SARS outbreak, Dr. Wu has led multiple national teams to develop mathematical technologies to address key public health issues relevant to emerging infectious diseases including SARS, pandemic influenza, Ebola, antimicrobial drug resistance, and Lyme disease. He is currently leading the National COVID-19 Modeling Rapid Response Task Force.
M.Arch, M.P.P, PhD
Manager of the Economic Analysis and Evaluation Unit, Ontario Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care
Emre is working as Manager of the Economic Analysis and Evaluation Unit at the Strategic Policy and Planning Division of the Ontario Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care (MOH/LTC). He has a Master of Public Policy degree from the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) at the University of Toronto, where he focused on polices related to governance, economics and public health. During that time, he was a CIHR (Canadian Institute for Health Research) Fellow in Public Health Policy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a Lupina Fellow in the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Currently, he is a PhD Candidate in Health Economics in IHPME, University of Toronto.
Project Manager Project Manager, Fields Mathematical Modelling of COVID-19 Task Force
Sarah Nayani is the Project Manager for the Fields Mathematical Modelling of COVID-19 Task Force at The Fields Institute of Research in Mathematical Sciences. Sarah has over seven years health research and evaluation experience: as Evaluation Manager for the UK National Health Service, Research Coordinator at Public Health Ontario, and latterly, Research Manager in Infectious Disease research for Dr. Allison McGeer at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Sarah has worked on research studies funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Built in Canada Innovation Program, and pharmacological studies and clinical tests.
Sarah received her doctorate in Post-war Recovery Studies and Political Science from the University of York in the UK.
Research Associate Doctoral Fellow, Collaborative Specialization in Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Fellow, The Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative, Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security
Isha Berry is a PhD Candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is also a Fellow in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security. Her primary area of research is understanding the socio-behavioral drivers of global emerging infectious diseases at the human-animal interface. She has experience conducting infectious disease research in low-, middle-, and high-income settings. She holds an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BSc in Environmental Science from McGill University.