Announcement: CHI Staff Updates, August 2014.

Announcement: CHI Staff Updates, August 2014.


Team: Events, Training & News
Posted on August 20, 2014

Announcement: CHI Staff Updates, August 2014.

Team: Events, Training & News

Date: This is not a timed event.


Please join CHI in welcoming new members to  the team and congratulating select members on new appointments: 

Terry Klassen appointed Department Head, Pediatrics & Medical Director, Child Health Program:
Dr. Brian Postl, Dean, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba and Ms. Arlene Wilgosh, President and CEO, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced the appointment of Dr. Terry Klassen as Head Department of Pediatrics and Medical Director, Child Health Program, WRHA effective August 1, 2014. Dr. Klassen graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba in 1982 and completed his Pediatric Residency training at U of M in 1986. He completed a M.Sc. in Epidemiology at McMaster University in 1994. Dr. Klassen has served as CEO and Scientific Director for the Manitoba Institute of Child Health and Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba and Academic Director of the George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation since returning to Manitoba in September, 2010.  

From 1999 to 2009 Dr. Klassen was Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta; Director of the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence and Director of the Evidence-based Practice Center at the University of Alberta. He is a Clinician Scientist focused on Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and has been active in Pediatric Emergency Research Canada collaborating on a national research program involving randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and knowledge translation. He has a consistent record of national and international peer reviewed funding, along with a publication record that has included many articles in the highest impact medical journals. In 2009, Dr. Klassen co-founded StaR Child Health, an international group aimed at improving the design, conduct and publication of randomized controlled trials in children. In recognition for his lifetime contributions, he was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 2010 in the foreign associate category. He is also a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Klassen’s research has had a large impact on the practice of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, which was recognized when he received a 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Canadian Medical Association Journal Top Achievements in Health Research Award. In 2011 he was also awarded the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) grant, entitled TRanslating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK). In 2012 Dr. Klassen was appointed to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

On commencement of his new role, Dr. Klassen will be stepping down from the Associate Dean, Academic position but will continue to serve in both the MICH and CHI roles.

Michelle Fiander Appointed Knowledge Synthesis Information Specialist:
CHI’s Knowledge Synthesis Platform, and the Health Sciences Libraries are very pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Fiander as an Information Specialist. This appointment is for a 5 year term beginning July 14, 2014.

Michelle began her career in academic libraries in Halifax, NS, first in the health sciences, then in humanities and serials cataloguing at both New Brunswick (Mt. Allison) and Indianapolis (IUPUI). She then helped establish an online reference service which served academic and public library patrons 24/7 (LSSI Inc.). Michelle returned to academia in Canada at Queens University, then went on to the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) where she supported health technology assessments and systematic reviews on a wide range of topics. Her most recent position was with the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Review Group where she worked for almost six years. 

With the addition of this dedicated position, the Knowledge Synthesis Platform has increased its capacity and looks forward to continuing to build service offerings to its constituencies.


Meghan Azad Appointed Review Manager, Knowledge Synthesis Platform:
CHI’s Knowledge Synthesis Platform welcomed Dr. Meghan Azad as a Review Manager in July, 2014. Dr. Azad will be specializing in observational reviews.

She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba (Department of Pediatrics & Child Health) and a Scientist at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, where her research focuses on the gut microbiome and the early-life origins of chronic disease. With training and experience in knowledge synthesis, molecular biology and epidemiology, Dr. Azad has a broad range of expertise in both basic and clinical health sciences. Prior to joining the CHI, Dr. Azad received her PhD from the University of Manitoba (Biochemistry & Medical Genetics) and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Alberta (Pediatrics), receiving over $1.2M in fellowship funding and research awards, including the elite Banting Fellowship, the international Parker B. Francis Fellowship and the CIHR Lindau Prize. She is also currently pursuing her Masters in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Salah Mahmum Appointed Director, Clinical Trials Platform:
In July, 2014 Dr. Salah Mahmud was appointed the Director of CHI’s Clinical Trials Platform. In addition to his new appointment as the CHI’s Director of Clinical Trials, Dr. Mahmud holds appointments as the Canada Research Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology and Vaccine Evaluation, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences-University of Manitoba, Associate Professor of Pharmacy- University of Manitoba, Director-Vaccine and Drug Evaluation Centre (University of Manitoba, Medical Officer of Health- Manitoba Health Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Research Coordinator- Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program (University of Manitoba) and an appointment as an Epidemiologist with CancerCare Manitoba.

Dr Mahmud’s research areas of interest are:
• Pharmacoepidemiology: with a particular emphasis on cancer chemoprevention (the use of pharmaceuticals to prevent or reverse carcinogenic
progression to invasive cancer)
• Cancer epidemiology: with a particular emphasis on the role of infections and inflammation in cancer development and progression.
• Evaluating the safety and effectiveness of commonly used vaccines including the influenza and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.
• Practical applications of pharmacoepidemiology (e.g., post-marketing surveillance for drug and vaccine adverse events).
• Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.

Over the course of his career Dr Mahmud has been the recipient of several awards in recognition of his work. The awards included the Aubie Angel Young Investigator Award in Clinical Research (2014), Canada Research Chair in Pharmaco-epidemiology and Vaccine Evaluation (2012), Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Junior Investigator of the Canadian Cancer Society (2011), Canada’s Governor General’s Gold Medal (2010), Distinguished (PhD) Dissertation Award (2010), The Mona and Allen Copp Award (2006) and the CUOG-LILLY Bladder Cancer Research Award (2004).

Sara Kreindler Appointed Manitoba Research Chair in Health System Innovation:
In June, 2014 Dr. Sara Kreindler was appointed the Manitoba Research Chair in Health System Innovation. 

Sara is a Researcher who has worked with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Research & Evaluation Unit and as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Her research centers on the question of how best to design and implement models of health- services delivery. She conducts multi- and mixed-methods research and synthesis to help inform decisions on system-level issues, and also explores the dynamics of organizational decision-making and system change.Her most recent project was a region-wide investigation of why past initiatives to improve patient flow have fallen short of expectations; findings are now being used to inform the region’s flow strategy, and will also form a basis for further research. 

Sara has written a variety of knowledge syntheses for the region, including a directional document on the prevention and management of chronic disease; a theoretical synthesis on how the social identity approach can be used to understand and overcome healthcare silos; concept papers on such topics as wait times, patient involvement approaches, integration, and health human resources; and a systematic review on the organization of surgical services (currently being redeveloped as a Cochrane Review). As recipient of a 2010-11 Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice, she undertook a US-based study of social dynamics in new models of healthcare integration; this work provides a foundation for her current research on engaging local physicians in primary care networks. A Rhodes Scholar, Sara obtained her doctorate in Social Psychology at Oxford University (2004), and her expertise in social identity theory and organizational psychology continue to inform her work. She taught at the University of Manitoba, Department of Psychology for two years before changing direction towards health-services research.

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