Below are the biographies of the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE)'s Academic Directors.
Alain Dagher, Associate Professor of Neurology, McGill University
Alain Dagher is a Neurologist specializing in movement disorders and functional brain imaging. His research aims at understanding the function of the basal ganglia, with a particular emphasis on appetitive behaviors. This involves studying how we learn about rewards and punishments, and become motivated to engage in reward-seeking behaviors. The two main techniques used are positron emission tomography (PET) targeting the dopamine system, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The research focuses on Parkinson’s disease, stress, drug addiction (notably cigarette smoking), pathological gambling, and obesity. Dr. Dagher is funded by CIHR, FRSQ, NIDA, the Parkinson Society of Canada, the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, and Unilever PLC.
Saibal Ray, Associate Dean, Research and International Relations, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
Dr. Ray joined the Operations Management area of the Desautels Faculty of Management in 2001, after finishing his Phd from the University of Waterloo (1998-2001). Dr. Ray holds a bachelor degree in Production Engineering, and a master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. In addition, he worked for about five years in India in supply and project management.
Dr. Ray's research interest can broadly be categorized as supply chain management. He is specifically interested in studying supply chain risk management, coordination issues in supply chains, retail and agri-food supply chains, capacity and inventory management and dynamic pricing. Most of his research is at the interface of operations and marketing. Dr. Ray's teaching interests are also related to operations and supply chain management. He teaches the core operations management course at the MBA level as well as a supply chain strategy course and a technology/process implementation course at the graduate level. Dr. Ray has been twice awarded the Desautels Faculty Scholar Award for his research achievements and the Quebec Teaching Scholar for his teaching achievements. Moreover, Dr. Ray is presently the Associate Dean in charge of Research and International Relations for the Desautels Faculty of Management as well as the Director of the Global Master in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management program. Dr. Ray has held/holds grants from both provincial (FQRSC) and federal (NSERC, SSHRC) governments and other non-governmental organizations.
Paul Thomassin, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, McGill University
Paul J. Thomassin is an Associate Professor in the Agricultural Economics Program at McGill University. He received his PhD and MSc from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his BSc (Agriculture) from McGill University. His research area includes consumer willingness to pay for food attributes, macroeconomic analysis of food and agriculture policies, and environmental economics. From 2003-2007, he was the scientific director of Greenhouse Gas Management Canada, which was a SSHRC-BIOCAP national research network that investigated the social science dimensions of using the biosphere for greenhouse gas management. Professor Thomassin is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO). He has been a Visiting Professor at the William S. Richardson, School of Law, at the University of Hawaii, Visiting Fellow at the National Centre for Development Studies at the Australian National University, and Honorary Professor in the Division of Science and Technology at the University of Auckland.