About CanCOVID

CanCOVID was launched in April 2020 with funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, and the support of Dr. Mona Nemer, the federal government’s Chief Science Advisor, in response to the COVID‑19 pandemic. In a matter of months, our organization brought together an extraordinary scientific and research community to collaborate via an online platform, and to rapidly produce and disseminate credible knowledge to help inform public health guidance during the COVID‑19 pandemic and post-pandemic future.

We are a strong, transdisciplinary, open science initiative, committed to giving the Government of Canada a line of sight on existing and emerging COVID‑19 science and research. We help connect the experts with the information for rapid COVID‑19 pandemic and post-pandemic impact/action. While we serve the research and policy community, we also value the patient partners, healthcare professionals, graduate trainees, and industry collaborators who are a part of our network and who help support the COVID‑19 pandemic and post-pandemic work.

Learn more about our executive leadership, Theme Leads, and Secretariat by touring this page.

Mission

Our 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. We are also committed to helping to provide our government partners with a better line of sight to existing and emerging COVID‑19 science and research.

Executive Leadership

Peter Juni

Network Science Advisor

Peter Juni

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. Additionally, he has served as Scientific Director of Ontario’s COVID‑19 Science Advisory Table since June 2020. Peter has contributed to over 500 papers, which have been cited more than 140,000 times.

Credentials: MD, FESC

Affiliations: 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

Nathan Stall

Network Science Advisor

Nathan Stall

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.

Affiliations: MD, PhD(c), FRCPC

Credentials: 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

Susan Law

Managing Director & Knowledge Mobilization Lead

Susan Law

Dr. Susan Law is the Managing Director & Knowledge Mobilization Lead for CanCOVID and a Senior Scientist at Trillium Health Partners – Institute of Better Health. She has a PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London UK, a Master’s in Health Administration (University of Toronto), and a BSc in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph. Dr. Law currently holds a position as Associate Professor at the University of Toronto – Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University.

Dr. Law’s research career began in the UK at the University of Oxford where she participated in qualitative studies of the role of evidence in changing clinical practice. In Canada, she has worked as a senior scientist with Quebec health technology assessment agency, and with St. Mary’s Research Centre with an academic appointment as Associate Professor in the McGill Department of Family Medicine. Her research program focuses on personal experiences of illness, using qualitative methods and video recording of patient and family stories, and associated knowledge translation and applications for policy, education and patient and family-centered care. She is the director of the Canadian Health Experiences Research Network (www.healthexperiences.ca) as part of an international collaboration amongst 12 countries (www.dipexinternational.org).  

Karim Keshavjee

Advisor

Karim Keshavjee

Dr. Karim Keshavjee trained as a Family Physician and is the CEO of InfoClin, a company that provides health informatics consulting to a variety of organizations across North America.  He has over 25 years of experience in health informatics.

Karim was the Project-Director for the COMPETE research program at McMaster University which studied the impact of clinical decision support on the care of patients with diabetes and vascular disease.

He has been a consultant to Canada Health Infoway for their pan-Canadian electronic prescribing project (CeRx) and their inter-operable electronic health record (iEHR) project.


Karim was the Clinical Data Architect and EMR Consultant for CPCSSN, Canada’s primary care chronic disease surveillance network.  CPCSSN is a network of over 1200 physicians which provides access data on 1.7 million patients for research and surveillance.

Over the last decade, Karim has been working on researching how to improve mhealth apps and designing enabling environments for their use in the healthcare system. Karim has published several articles on mhealth apps in a variety of disease areas. He recently published a paper on how technology can support patient empowerment.

Karim’s current research is focused on how to use artificial intelligence and machine learning in the service of diabetes prevention through the PREVENT program.

Karim is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Program Director for the Health Informatics program at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Scholar at Ryerson University.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karimkeshavjee/

Pubmed: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=karim+keshavjee

Theme Lead Advisors

In addition to working directly with many scientists in Canada and elsewhere, our CanCOVID team works with four ‘theme’ advisors who are experts in the fields of public health, clinical research, behavioural science and health policy and economics. They provide a wealth of research guidance, coordination, and support to our knowledge products and events in response to the federal government’s COVID‑19 priorities and questions. Within their established networks, they help broker across our four thematic areas, bridging the gap between the scientific community and government partners.

Dr. Katrina Milaney (UCalgary)

Psychosocial & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Katrina Milaney (UCalgary)

Dr. Katrina Milaney is an Associate Professor in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at the University of Calgary. Katrina is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who uses critical theory frameworks to study social vulnerabilities related to disability, homelessness, gender, culture, domestic violence, and mental health. Her primary interests revolve around political and economic ideology and their impact on public systems and service delivery. Katrina is a Distinguished Policy Fellow and is the recipient of a University of Calgary Peak Scholar award, O’Brien Institute Societal Impact Award and the Cumming School of Medicine Distinguished Achievement for Social Accountability. She was recently named one of the top 20 Most Compelling Calgarians for 2020.

Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine (USaskatchewan)

Public Health & Epidemiology

Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine (USaskatchewan)

A social epidemiologist and public and population health researcher, Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine has established an exemplary record of research, teaching and mentorship, and service. Working with citizens, policy makers and like-minded researchers, he tirelessly leads innovative projects that have profound impacts on a range of stakeholders.

Currently, he leads or is involved in several COVID‑19 projects including Social Contours and COVID-19, a Saskatchewan longitudinal panel study of 5400 respondents on behavioral, social, perceptual and place-based dimensions of COVID-19. He also leads school-based and socio-behavioral topics for the Evidence Synthesis group, which works in partnership with senior health decisions makers and ministry of health in Saskatchewan. He is a frequent commentator on COVID‑19 in the local and national media.

He is the recipient of multiple awards, including U of Saskatchewan’s Distinguished Researcher Award (2019), U of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences’ 2014 Alumni Award for Significant Contributions to his field, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation’s Achievement Award (2009) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Knowledge Translation Award (2006).

Dr. Sue Horton (UWaterloo)

Policy & Economics

Dr. Sue Horton (UWaterloo)

Susan Horton is Professor of Global Health Economics at the University of Waterloo, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has worked extensively on prioritization and costing of health interventions, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. She is currently Deputy Chair of the new Lancet Commission on Diagnostics, which anticipates publication in summer 2021. Sue has worked in more than twenty low- and middle-income countries and consulted for over a dozen UN organizations, international development banks and international research organizations.

Dr. Lisa Puchalski Ritchie (UToronto)

Clinical Research

Dr. Lisa Puchalski Ritchie (UToronto)

Dr. Lisa Puchalski Ritchie (MD, FRCPC, PhD) is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in the Knowledge Translation Program, an emergency physician at University Health Network, and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, and with the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (status only), at the University of Toronto.

She is a clinical epidemiologist with a research focus on the use of knowledge translation strategies to improve health care delivery and outcomes, with a particular focus on resource limited health care settings. She has worked in global health since 2006, where she has worked with local stakeholders to build research and implementation capacity, and to develop and evaluate evidence-based approaches to improve uptake of evidence into clinical practice, and through this to improve clinical care and patient outcomes for high-burden, locally identified, priority health conditions, across a range of clinical areas.

Public Health & Epidemiology

  • Preventative Medicine
  • Health Services Research
  • Occupational & Environmental Health
  • Biostatistics
  • Data Sciences
  • Mathematical Modelling of Disease

Clinical Research

Research that focuses on improving diagnosis and treatment, including rehabilitation and palliation.

Policy & Economics

  • Public Policy
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Business
  • Industrial Relations
  • Law

Psychosocial & Behavioural Sciences

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Education
  • Media & Communications
  • Humanities

Secretariat

Shadi Niakan

Delivery Manager

Rosa Stalteri

Haris Lutvica

Ciara Kilbride Amaral

Kaitlin James

Rishi Shah

Aileen Mulroy

Shinjini Mondal

David Loutfi

Shahrzad Motaghi

Clémence Ongolo Zogo

Sarah Carbone

With funding from the Government of Canada

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