José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz is a Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow and holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute of Health and Social Policy at McGill University. He received his PhD in Sociology and a Masters of Arts from McGill University. His doctoral thesis ‘Inequity on the roads: the interplay of global forces and road safety policy diffusion and traffic fatalities and injuries’ was awarded the 2016 Arts Insight Dissertation Award for the best dissertation of 2015 in the Social Sciences at McGill. His research has been published in journals such as International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Injury Prevention and Traffic Injury Prevention, cited in United Nations’ resolutions (i.e. General Assembly A/68/368), public policy reports and peer-reviewed journals. He received the John D. States Award for the top student paper at the 58th Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine Conference in Munich Germany in 2014. He has worked as consultant for United Nations. As a fellow at the IHSP Dr Nazif-Munoz will assess the extent under which the global diffusion of child restraint laws has been effective in targeting child occupant mortality rates across the world. His research expertise includes global health, globalization, road safety, road users’ vulnerable populations, policy diffusion, and policy evaluation. Dr. Nazif-Muñoz’s supervisors are Dr. Arijit Nandi and Dr. Mónica Ruiz-Casares.
jose.nazifmunoz [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
Thirumagal Kanagasabai completed her doctoral studies in the School of Kinesiology at Health Science at York University in Toronto (ON, Canada). The overarching framework of her doctoral research is sleep and cardiometabolic health epidemiology of adults. Within this context, she quantified the mediating effect of dietary and physical activity factors to the relationship between sleep and cardiometabolic risk factors, estimated the associations between objective vs. subject sleep measures as they relate to cardiometabolic health, and quantified the risk of developing cardiometabolic conditions due to changes in sleep habits in a 4-year study. She also trained in toxicology from the University of Toronto, where she completed her HBSc and MSc. Thiru’s Postdoctoral Fellowship focuses on environmental risk factors and their associated cardiovascular disease risks. Her research interests include sleep patterns and circadian rhythms, light and environmental exposures, biomarkers of disease and health, human activity patterns and behaviours, and cardiometabolic health outcomes.
thirumagal.kanagasabai [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
Maxwell J. Smith is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the IHSP, where he is combining philosophical and social science research methods to examine, understand, and construct the theoretical bases for an intersectoral strategy for health equity in Canada. Max's research interests and expertise are in the domain of public health ethics, and in particular in examining ethical concepts (e.g., 'social justice', 'health equity') and their role in public health policy and practice. His research has been published in journals such as Public Health Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Social Science and Medicine, Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vaccine, Health and Human Rights, and in publications of the World Health Organization and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He obtained a PhD in public health sciences and bioethics from the University of Toronto in 2016, a Master of Science in bioethics from Union Graduate College and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2010, a Certificate in Health Law from York University's Osgoode Hall Law School in 2010, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in philosophy (bioethics) from the University of Toronto in 2008. Max's doctoral thesis, produced under the supervision of Ross Upshur, Alison Thompson, and Angus Dawson, was titled "Public Health as Social Justice? A Qualitative Study of Public Health Policy-Makers' Perspectives", which was funded by a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship, a CIHR Doctoral Fellowship in Public Health Policy, and the CIHR Douglas Kinsella Doctoral Award for Research in Bioethics. In addition to Max's research and teaching, he is a bioethicist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and North York General Hospital.
maxwell.smith [at] mcgill.ca (Email)