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Informing Ontario’s response to COVID-19


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.

Read More on the ESN Website

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.

Leadership

  • Kumar Murty

    PhD, FRSC, FNAS (India)

    Co-Chair Director, Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences Professor of Mathematics, University of Toronto

  • Beate Sander

    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

  • John McLaughlin

    PhD

    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

Members

  • Isaac Bogoch

    MD, SM

    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto; Diseases consultant, Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Toronto General Hospital

  • Kevin Antoine Brown

    MS, PhD

    Scientist, Infection Prevention and Control, Public Health Ontario Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Adjunct Scientist, ICES

  • Sarah Buchan

    PhD, MSc

    Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto;  Scientist, Public Health Ontario; Adjunct Scientist, ICES

  • Troy Day

    PhD

    Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Queen’s University

  • David Earn

    CASM, MSc, PhD

    Mathematics, McMaster University

  • David Fisman

    MD MPH FRCP(C)

    Professor of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

  • Anne Hayes

    MPH, BA

    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

  • Michael Hillmer

    PhD

    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

  • Peter Jüni

    MD, FESC

    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

  • Jeff Kwong

    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

  • Brian Lewis

    BA, MA

    Chief Economist and Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Finance

  • Kamil Malikov

    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

  • Sharmistha Mishra

    MD, MSc, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Scientist, St. Michael’s Hospital

  • Shahla Oskooei

    MSc, MEd

  • Bill Praamsma

    MA

    Director of Labour Economics, Ontario Ministry of Finance

  • Paula Rochon

    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.

  • Laura Rosella

    PhD, MHSc

    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

  • Brian Schwartz

    MD, MScCh

    Vice-President, Public Health Ontario Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

  • Rishi Shah

    HBSc

    Research Assistant, CanCOVID; Product, Research, and Design Manager, Tidbit

  • Sparsh Shah

    MD, MSc, HBA

    Resident Physician (Emergency Medicine), University of Toronto; Founder, Tidbit

  • Nathan Stall

    MD, PhD(c)

    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

  • Thomas Stewart

    MD

    President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health System; CEO of Niagara Health

  • Ashleigh Tuite

    PhD, MPH, MSc

    Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Department of Population Medicine (Greer), University of Guelph

  • Jianhong Wu

    PhD

    Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, York University; Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences; Centre for Disease Modelling, York University

  • Jennifer Walker

    PhD

    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

  • Xiaolin Wei

    MD, MPH, PhD

    Secretary-General, International Union Against TB and Lung Disease; Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

  • Emre Yurga

    M.Arch, M.P.P, PhD

    Manager of the Economic Analysis and Evaluation Unit, Ontario Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care

Secretariat

  • Sarah Nayani

    PhD

    Project Manager Project Manager, Fields Mathematical Modelling of COVID-19 Task Force

Observers