Dr. Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, PhD, FCAHS, is a Professor in the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. She holds the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health Human Resources. She is the lead coordinator of the pan Canadian Health Human Resources Network and the Scientific Director of the Ontario Health Human Resource Research Network both housed at the University of Ottawa .Dr. Bourgeault has garnered an international reputation for her research on health professions, health policy and women’s health.
Dr. Brunet’s research addresses the promotion of mental and physical health through physical activity in diverse populations. Her research is grounded in various motivational and social cognitive theories and she use mixed methods to coalesce the strengths of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.
Dr. Angel M. Foster holds a DPhil (doctorate) in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an AM (master's degree) from Stanford University. She has conducted multi-methods research on women’s health in Burma, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Thailand, Tunisia, and the United States. Her current research focuses on expanding access to emergency contraception, increasing access to safe, high quality, and affordable abortion services, improving the reproductive health training of health service professionals, and Identifying and addressing the reproductive health needs of vulnerable populations including young/unmarried women and refugees/displaced women. She has published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and technical reports on women's health and her first book, Emergency contraception: The story of a global reproductive health technology, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2012 (co-edited with L.L. Wynn). Her next book, Abortion pills, test tube babies & sex toys: Emerging sexual and reproductive health technologies in the Middle East and North Africa, will soon be published by Vanderbilt University Press.
Linda Garcia’s personal research interests focus on the impact of physical, social, technological and clinical environments on the quality of life of individuals with neurological disorders, especially dementia. She is interested in developing interventions that include approaches based on human interactions, especially in long-term care living environments. Trajectories and transitions in aging is her area of specialty.
My main area of interest is health policy including methods to increase innovation in health care. A strong area of focus is examining approaches to decision-making for new health technologies (drug and device) and health services that provide better incentives for private and public sector innovators.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Labonté’s work has focused on the health equity impacts of contemporary globalization. His current research projects include the health equity impacts of global health worker migration and medical tourism, globalization-related pathways of influence on the health of Canadians, health and human rights, comprehensive primary health care reform, trade and health, and global health diplomacy (how health is positioned in foreign policy).
My current research includes empirical work on potential biases in genetic association studies, harmonization of biobanks, the potential value of germline genetic profiling in prediction of risk for chronic disease, the potential value of information on family history in predicting risk for chronic disease, potential value of information on HPV and other factors in management of women with low-grade cervical abnormalities.
I am engaged in collaborations on enhancing surveillance of congenital anomalies in Canada, on long term health outcomes in people with congenital anomalies and on the etiology and management of cleft lip and palate.
Dr. Jason Nickerson, RRT, PhD is the Humanitarian Representative to Canada for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), based in Ottawa. Jason is appointed as a Clinical Scientist at the Bruyère Research Institute in Ottawa and as an Adjunct Professor of Common Law at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.
He leads MSF’s humanitarian diplomacy in Canada and provides advice on humanitarian operations, medical advocacy and policy, and access to medicines to MSF’s operations in more than 70 countries affected by crises. Jason has over 10 years’ clinical experience as a respiratory therapist working in adult critical care and anesthesia and has worked extensively in global public health response in Canada and internationally during armed conflicts, disease epidemics, and sudden onset disasters.
Jason is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Health Sciences in Respiratory Therapy program, specializing in anesthesia. Following this, he completed a master’s degree at the University of British Columbia studying the education of health professionals who provide community-based HIV care, and a PhD in population health at the University of Ottawa where he focused on the methodologies for conducting assessments of severely disrupted health systems during acute and protracted emergencies. His research has been published in high-impact medical journals including The Lancet, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, PLOS Medicine, and Health Policy and Planning, among others. He has appeared as a witness before the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committees on Health, Finance, and International Trade and published opinion pieces in The Star, iPolitics, and The Conversation, and has been widely quoted in international news outlets on a variety of global health and health policy issues including COVID-19, access to pain medicines for safe anesthesia and palliative care, access to affordable medicines, science policy, and humanitarian assistance in natural disasters, armed conflicts, refugee crises, and disease epidemics such as Ebola.
I am a political scientist who is interested in health politics and health policy. I have specific interests in how citizens can affect health policy issues. I am especially interested in illnesses that affect marginalized communities, such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. I am currently completing a SSHRC-funded project on “contested illnesses”, including autism and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. My non-health related interests include methods of citizen engagement and citizen participation, the role of the voluntary sector, and the influence of interest groups and social movements.
Known as "The Love Nurse"; specialized in perinatal sexuality; the intimacy of the parenting couple during the perinatal period (preconception, normal and at-risk pregnancy, labor and delivery, parenting, breastfeeding); francophone parenting couples in a minority situation (mothers and fathers); sexuality and health care; the training of health care professionals in perinatal sexuality and sexuality and health care.
I am an internationally recognized expert in Refugee and Migrant, Homeless Health and Cochrane Equity. I provide medical legal expertise with a focus on refugee and migrants, trauma informed care and understanding the clinical context in primary care. My research program focuses on initiatives to use evidence-based medicine to improve the quality of primary care and to address health inequities for vulnerable populations (refugees, homeless, frail elderly, dementia and LTC). Specifically, this includes clinical practice guidelines, deprescribing guidelines, systematic reviews, and community based research.
My main field of research is targeting the salt-sensitive high blood pressure. This particular kind of high blood pressure has been connected with a genetic component that is inherited from parents to offspring and that is usually exacerbated by high salt-intake. As a Geneticist Candidate and a Pharmacist, I am investigating the genes that might be involved in transmitting that genetic form of high blood pressure.
In her role as scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, she leads the Patient Decision Aids Research Group. Her research is focused on using research findings to: a) support patients to be involved in making health decisions; b) guide policy makers with implementing patient decision aids and shared decision making in healthcare; c) help nurses provide telephone support to patients with cancer such that they are better able to manage their treatment side effects.