Early Career Researchers and Team

    Zahra Azizi

    Credentials: MD, MSc
    Title/Position:
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
    McGill University
     

     

    Research Interests

    I am an International medical graduate, as well as clinical researcher. I have been involved in internal medicine research since 2009. Shortly after graduation I moved to Canada in 2016 and started working as a research fellow. I am proficient with most fields of research methodology such as data analysis, programming, peer reviewing, scientific writing, workshop instruction, and designing/conducting clinical trials. As a result, I have presented and published numerous studies in national and international scientific sessions, and peer reviewed journals respectively. The goal of my research is to produce new knowledge and deepen understanding of health-related issues to improve patients care and decrease disease burden in the world as a clinician scientist

    Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at McGill university collaborating on GOING-FWD project. My project has two general parts. The first will involve the development and utility evaluation of machine learning methods for the synthesis of cross-sectional and longitudinal health data. These methods will then be deployed to synthesize datasets for the GOING-FWD project. I will lead the effort to deploy the validated synthesis tools at the various sites and help them with the data synthesis, and then perform the pooling of the synthetic datasets for analysis. The second part will involve the exploration of federated analysis methods to enable multiple sites to perform a distributed analysis. The deployment of federated analysis will be dependent on the ability to setup the appropriate infrastructure across multiple institutions. I will also perform evaluations of the concepts behind federated analysis in any case.

    Publications

    1. Essebag V, Azizi Z, Alipour P, Khaykin Y, Leong-Sit P, Sarrazin J, Sturmer M, Morillo C, Terricabras M, Amit G, Roux J, Patterson S, Verma A. Relationship between quality of life and burden of recurrent atrial fibrillation following ablation: CAPCOST Multicenter Cohort Study. EP Europace. 2020;In Press.
    2. Sharifzad F, Mardpour S, Mardpour S, Fakharian E, Taghikhani A, Sharifzad A, Kiani S, Heydarian Y, Łos MJ, Azizi Z, Ghavami S, Hamidieh AA, Ebrahimi M. HSP70/IL-2 Treated NK Cells Effectively Cross the Blood Brain Barrier and Target Tumor Cells in a Rat Model of Induced Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020;21(7):2263.
    3. Essebag V, Azizi Z, Alipour P, Khaykin Y, Leong‐Sit P, Sarrazin JF, Sturmer M, Morillo C, Terricabras M, Amit G. Comparison of efficacy of phased multipolar versus traditional radiofrequency ablation: A prospective, multicenter study (CAPCOST). Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. 2019;42(7):942-50.
    4. Azizi Z, Baharestani B, Dehaki MG, Yaghoubi A, Ghafarinejad MH, Tabaei AS, Ghavidel AA. Clinical Characteristics and Surgical Outcomes of Coronary Artery Aneurysm: A Case Series. Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Annals. 2019;10(1).
    5. Azizi Z, Alipour P, Terricabras M, Khaykin Y. Pseudoaneurysm of thoracic aorta presenting as inappropriate sinus tachycardia: a case report. Journal of medical case reports. 2019;13(1):239.
    6. Sharifzad F, Ghavami S, Verdi J, Mardpour S, Sisakht MM, Azizi Z, Taghikhani A, Łos MJ, Fakharian E, Ebrahimi M. Glioblastoma cancer stem cell biology: Potential theranostic targets. Drug Resistance Updates. 2019;42:35-45.
    7. Roushan N, Daryani NE, Azizi Z, Pournaghshband H, Niksirat A. Differentiation of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis using intestinal wall thickness of the colon: A Diagnostic accuracy study of endoscopic ultrasonography. Medical journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran. 2019;33:57.
    8. Yarigholi F, Zare Mehrjardi A, Azizi Z, Baghai Wadji M. An Analysis of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Functions in Cirrhotic Rats in Response to Surgical Stress. Surgery Research and Practice. 2018;2018:6.
    9. Khaykin Y, Alipour P, Pirbaglou M, Ritvo P, Azizi Z. A Feasibility Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy of NavX Guided Detection of Pulmonary Vein Electrograms during Atrial Fibrillation Ablation [NavX Guided Detection of Pulmonary Vein Electrograms]. Int J Clin Cardiol. 2017;4:102.
    10. Basirat V, Ebrahimi DN, Taghizadeh AM, Javidanbardan S, Azizi Z, Teimouri A, Farbod Y. Evaluation of accuracy of 99mtc (v)-dimercaptosuccinic acid scintigraphy and fecal calprotectin versus colonoscopy in localizing active lesion in inflammatory bowel disease. Middle East J Dig Dis. 2016;8(3):212-8.
    11. Alipour P, Azizi Z, Pirbaglou M, Ritvo P, Pantano A, Verma A, Khaykin Y. Defining blanking period post-pulmonary vein antrum isolation. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. 2017;3(6):568-76.
    12. Behrangi E, Mansouri P, Agah S, Daryani NE, Mokhtare M, Azizi Z, Ghamsari MR, Nasab MR, Azizian Z. Association between Helicobacter Pylori Infection and Alopecia Areata: A Study in Iranian Population. Middle East journal of digestive diseases. 2017;9(2):107.
    13. Rahimpour S, Nasiri-Toosi M, Khalili H, Daryani NE, Taromlou N, Kazem M, Azizi Z. A Triple Blinded, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Oral Vancomycin in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: a Pilot Study. Journal of Gastrointestinal & Liver Diseases. 2016;25(4).
    14. Sadeghpour A, Alizadehasl A, Azizi Z, Ghavidel AA. Tricuspid Regurgitation Dilemma: A Comparison Study between Surgical Versus Medical Management of Patients with Tricuspid Regurgitation. Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Annals. 2016;7(1).
    15. 15. Ajdarkosh H, Anbardan SJ, Azizi Z, Ebrahimi-Daryani N. An atypical Presentation of Acute Appendicitis: A 77 Years Old Man with Left Lower Quadrant Pain. Govaresh. 2016;21(1):72-5.
    16. Aryan A, Azizi Z, Teimouri A, Daryani NE, Aletaha N, Jahanbakhsh A, Nouritaromlou MK, Alborzi F, Mami M, Basirat V. The Diagnostic Role of Magnetic Resonance Enterography as a Complementary Test to Colonoscopy in Active Crohn’s Disease. Middle East journal of digestive diseases. 2016;8(2):93.
    17. Azizi Z, Salim MR, Anbardan SJJA, Abdollahi A, Daryani NE. A Rare Presentation of Primary Hepatic Lymphoma: A Case Report. Govaresh. 2015;20(4):268-73.
    18. Anbardan SJ, Azizi Z, Daryani NE. A Review of the Etiology, Diagnosis and Management of Halitosis. Govaresh. 2015;20(1):49-56.
    19. Anbardan SJ, Azizi Z, Daryani NE, Motamedi M. Peripheral Neuropathy in Ulcerative Colitis: A Case Report. Govaresh. 2015;20(1):66-9.
    20. Anbardan SJ, Ajdarkosh H, Azizi Z, Daryani NE. A Survay Case of Pylephlebitis Associated with Diverticulitis. Govaresh. 2014;19(3):212-6.
    21. Farsi D, Mirafzal A, Hassanian-Moghaddam H, Azizi Z, Jamshidnejad N, Zehtabchi S. The correlation between prolonged corrected QT interval with the frequency of respiratory arrest, endotracheal intubation, and mortality in acute methadone overdose. Cardiovascular toxicology. 2014;14(4):358-67.
    22. Anbardan SJ, Azizi Z, Ebrahimi-Daryani N, Ahmadi F. A Case of Rhabdomyolysis Associated with Peginterferon use in Chronic Hepatitis C. Govaresh. 2014;18(4):257-60.
    23. Azizi Z, Daryani NE, Salim MR, Anbardan SJ. A case of concurrent multiple sclerosis and celiac disease. Govaresh. 2014;18(4):261-5.
    24. Azizi Z, Anbardan SJ, Daryani NE. A review of the clinical manifestations, pathophysiology and management of opioid bowel dysfunction and narcotic bowel syndrome. Middle East journal of digestive diseases. 2014;6(1):5.
    25. Rahimi A, Daryani NE, Anbardan SJ, Abdirad A, Azizi Z. Menetrier's disease presenting with ulcerative colitis: a case report and review of the literature. Govaresh. 2013;18(3):191-6.

    Rubee Dev

    Credentials: PhD, MPH
    Title/Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

    University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing

     

    Research Interests:

    I am a PhD in Nursing Science graduate from the School of Nursing at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta and is involved in iCARE and GOING-FWD projects. The overarching aims of this project are to integrate sex and gender dimensions in applied health research, to evaluate their impact on clinical cost-sensitive outcomes and patients reported outcomes related to quality of life in noncommunicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, chronic kidney disease and neurological disease. My area of research interest is maternal and child health, specifically as it relates to the reproductive health of women; adolescent sexual and reproductive health; chronic disease prevention and management; and sex and gender differences in non-communicable disease outcome. In particular, much of my work entails extensive research to identify the data gaps and opportunities for action in meeting the needs of women and strengthening the evidence base. I am well verged in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research.

    Publications:

    1. Dev R, Li J, Zhang D, Cai Y, Hao C, Hou F, Wang R, Lin M, Xu D. An economic evaluation of a mobile text messaging intervention to improve mental health care in resource-poor communities in China: A cost-effectiveness study. BMC Health Services Research. 2020; 20(1):989.
    2. Dev R, Zaslavsky O, Cochrane BB, Woods NF. Healthy aging through the lens of community-based practitioners: a focus group study. BMC Geriatrics. 2020;20:211.
    3. Xu Dong*, Dev R*, Shrestha A, Zhang L, Shrestha A, Shakya P, Hughes JP, Shakya PR, Li J, Liao J, Karmacharya BM. NUrse-led COntinuum of care for people with Diabetes and pre-diabetes in Nepal (NUCOD): study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2020; 21:442. (*joint first authors)
    4. Dev R, Kohler P, Feder M, Unger J, Woods NF, Drake AL. A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Postpartum Contraceptive Use, Predictors, and Barriers among Women in Resource-Limited Settings. Reproductive Health. 2019; Vol. 16 (97).
    5. Dev R, Woods NF, Unger J, Kinuthia J, Matemo D, Farid S, Begnel ER, Kohler P, Drake AL. Acceptability, Feasibility and Utility of a Mobile Health Family Planning Decision-Aid for Postpartum Women in Kenya. Reproductive Health. Reproductive Health. 2019; Vol. 16(97).
    6. Dev R, Dev U, Adhikari SP. Measures of Acceptability and Feasibility of Contraceptive Counseling Interventions: A Mini-Review. Journal of Gynecology and Women’s Health. 2019; 17(3): 555963.
    7. Dev R, Williams M, Fitzpatrick A, Connell F. Topographical Differences of Infant Mortality in Nepal: Demographic and Health Survey 2011. Kathmandu University Medical Journal. 2016; Vol. 14 (54), pp: 96-102
    8. Li R, Lai Y, Feng C, Liao J, Dev R, Wang Y, Hao Y. Diarrhea in under five-year old children in Nepal: a spatiotemporal analysis based on demographic and health survey data. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; Vol. 17(6).
    9. Wei D, Hou F, Hao C, Gu J, Dev R, Cao W, Peng L, Stuart G, Wang K, Li j. Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence and Associated Factors among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2019. DOI: 10.1177/0886260519889935
    10. Adhikari SP, Dev R, Sandborgh M. Alternatives to routinely used physiotherapy interventions for achieving maximum patients’ benefits and minimising therapists’ exposure in treatment of COVID-19 – a commentary. European Journal of Physiotherapy. 2020. doi.org/10.1080/21679169.2020.1800816
    11. Adhikari SP, Shrestha P, Dev R. Feasibility and effectiveness of telephone-based tele-physiotherapy for treatment of pain in low-resource setting: a retrospective pre-post design. Hindawi. Pain Research and Management. 2020; ID 2741278.
    12. Dev R, Adhikari SP, Dongol A, Madhup SK, Pradhan P, Shakya S, Shrestha S, Maskey S, Taylor M. Prevalence assessment of sexually transmitted infections among pregnant women visiting an antenatal care center of Nepal: Pilot of the World Health Organization’s standard protocol for conducting STI prevalence surveys among pregnant women. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology. [Under Review]
    13. Dev R, Kohler P, Pintye J, Achwoka D, Kinuthia J, John-Stewart G, Drake AL. Contraceptive counseling Experiences of Women Attending HIV Care and Treatment Programs in Kenya. Contraception. [Under Review]
    14. Feng C, Li R, Ahmed AA, Ullah MB, Li M, Dev R, Wang Y, Zhao T, Liao J, Du Z, Lai Y. Spatial-temporal distribution and influencing factors of reproductive tract infections among women of childbearing age in Bangladesh: a geostatistical analysis of the Demographic and Health Survey data. BMC Public Health. [Under Review]
    15. Dev R, Williams-Nguyen J, Adhikari SP, Dev U, Hillan E. Impact of maternal decision-making autonomy and self-reliance in accessing healthcare on childhood diarrhea and acute respiratory tract infections in Nepal: analysis of the Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2016. Public Health [Under Review]
    16. Adhikari SP, Dev R, Shrestha JN. Cross-cultural adaptation, validity, and reliability of the Nepali version of the Exercise Adherence Rating Scale: A methodological study. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2020;18(1):1-8
    17. Adhikari SP, Shrestha N, Shakya R, Phuyal R, Gyawali M, Dev R. A structured workshop enhanced Physiotherapists’ skill in clinical decision-making: A pre-post design. The Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. 2020;9:5658-64
    18. Adhikari SP, Chaudhary M, Dev R. Kabat interventions integrated with facial expressive and functional exercises for better and speedy recovery in Bell’s palsy: A pre-post design. Journal of Chitwan Medical College. 2020;10(34):71-76.

     


    Pouria Alipour

    Credentials: B.Sc. (Hon), M.Sc., M.D.,C.M. Candidate
    Title/Position: Research Assistant
    McGill University, Faculty of Medicine


     

    Research Interests

    Sex and Gender Differences in Cardiovascular Disease Outcome

    Approaches to the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

    Long-term outcome evaluation of Pulmonary Vein Antrum Isolation

    Epidemiological studies of obesity, exercise, and cardiovascular outcomes
     

    Publications

    1. Essebag V, Azizi Z, Alipour P, Khaykin Y, Leong-Sit P, Sarrazin JF, Sturmer M, Morillo C, Terricabras M, Amit G, Roux JF. Relationship between quality of life and burden of recurrent atrial fibrillation following ablation: CAPCOST multicentre cohort study. EP Europace. 2020 Jun 12.
    2. Essebag V, Azizi Z, Alipour P, Khaykin Y, Leong‐Sit P, Sarrazin JF, Sturmer M, Morillo C, Terricabras M, Amit G. Comparison of efficacy of phased multipolar versus traditional radiofrequency ablation: A prospective, multicenter study (CAPCOST). Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. 2019;42(7):942-50.
    3. Azizi Z, Alipour P, Terricabras M, Khaykin Y. Pseudoaneurysm of thoracic aorta presenting as inappropriate sinus tachycardia: a case report. Journal of medical case reports. 2019 Dec 1;13(1):239.
    4. Kochhäuser S, Verma A, Dalvi R, Suszko A, Alipour P, Sanders P, Champagne J, Macle L, Nair GM, Calkins H, Wilber DJ. Spatial relationships of complex fractionated atrial electrograms and continuous electrical activity to focal electrical sources: implications for substrate ablation in human atrial fibrillation. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. 2017 Nov 20;3(11):1220-8.
    5. Khaykin Y, Alipour P, Pirbaglou M, Ritvo P, Azizi Z. A Feasibility Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy of NavX Guided Detection of Pulmonary Vein Electrograms during Atrial Fibrillation Ablation [NavX Guided Detection of Pulmonary Vein Electrograms]. Int J Clin Cardiol. 2017;4:102.
    6. Alipour P, Azizi Z, Pirbaglou M, Ritvo P, Pantano A, Verma A, Khaykin Y. Defining blanking period post-pulmonary vein antrum isolation. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. 2017;3(6):568-76.
    7. Alipour P, Azizi Z, Mallany P, Michailidis D, Nath N, Sharifzad A, Walt J, Khaykin Y. Approaches to Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation., Chapter 14, Clinical Electrophysiology, AVID Science (2017) (Book Chapter Contribution)
    8. Kochhäuser S, Alipour P, Haig‐Carter T, Trought K, Hache P, Khaykin Y, Wulffhart Z, Pantano A, Tsang B, Birnie D, Verma A. Risk of Stroke and Recurrence After AF Ablation in Patients With an Initial Event‐Free Period of 12 Months. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. 2016 Dec 1.

    Christina Pernice Tadiri

    Credentials: B.A.&Sci (Honours); PhD
    Title/Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Clinical Epidemiology
    McGill University
     

    Research Interests

    I’m interested in how the social and physical environment interact to impact disease dynamics, particularly how they are shaped by heterogeneity at various scales. In my PhD thesis I explored the role of heterogeneity in epidemic dynamics at the individual, population and metapopulation level through empirical and theoretical using guppies and their ectoparasite Gyrodactylus turnbullias a model system. I have also used the same model system to explore the interaction of host heterogeneity (in the form of size) with the environmental variable of food availability on epidemic outbreaks, and worked on a project assessing of the human health risk of Lyme Disease in a local parks through exploring interaction between the environmental and individual scales in the risk of disease transmission, based on field sampling and public surveys. For GOING-FWD, I’m investigating whether heterogeneity in the form of sex influences disease outcomes, whether they’re modified by psychosocial variables and whether there are scale effects in the form of country-level differences in these influences using large database analysis. I’m specifically looking at overall physical and mental self-reported health in public health surveys, and COVID-19 morbidity and mortality.

    Publications

    1. Tadiri CP, Gisinger T, Kautzy-Willer A, Kublickiene K, Herrero MT, Raparelli V, Pilote L, Norris CM; GOING-FWD Consortium. The influence of sex and gender domains on COVID-19 cases and mortality. CMAJ. 2020 Sep 8;192(36):E1041-E1045. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.200971. PMID: 32900766. https://www.cmaj.ca/content/192/36/E1041
    2. Tadiri CP, Raparelli V, Abrahamowicz M, Kautsky-Willer A, Kublickiene K, Herrero MT, Norris CM, Pilote L. Methods for prospectively incorporating gender into health sciences research. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Published online, Sept 23, 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.08.018
    3. Tadiri, C.P.,Fussmann, G.F., Scott, M.E. 2020. “Host-parasite dynamics in metapopulations: resistance, tolerance and host competence.” In review: Journal of Animal Ecology.
    4. Tadiri, C.P.,* Kong, J.D.*, Scott, M.E., Fussmann, G.F. 2019 Wang, H. “A mathematical model for the guppy-Gyrodactylusinteraction.”Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution7,307.DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00307 *equally as first authors
    5. Tadiri, C.P, Scott, M.E., Fussmann, G.F. 2018 “Microparasite dispersal in metapopulations: A boon or bane to the host population?” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences285 (1885), 20181519. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1519
    6. Tadiri, C.P., Scott, M.E., Fussmann, G.F. 2016. “Impact of host sex and group composition on parasite dynamics in an experimental metapopulation.” Parasitology143(4):523-531. DOI: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182016000172
    7. LeBlanc, K.T., Walcott, M.E., Guar, T., O’Connell, S.L., Basil, K., Tadiri, C.P., Mason-Savas, A., Silva, J.A., van Wijnen, J.A., Stein, J.L., Stein, G.S., Ayers, D.C., Lian, J.B., Fanning, P.J. 2014. “Runx1 Activities in Superficial Zone Chondrocytes, Osteoarthritic Chondrocyte Clones and Response to Mechanical Loading.” Journal of Cellular Physiology230(2):440-448. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/jcp.24727
    8. Tadiri, C.P., Dargent, F., Scott, M.E. 2013. “Relative host body condition and food availability influence epidemic dynamics: a Poeciliareticulata-Gyrodactylus turnbullihost-parasite model.” Parasitology140(03):343-351. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182012001667
    9. Sahandi, J., Jafaryan, H., Moradi, P., Tadiri, C.2013. “Effect of in-feed probiotic blend on growth performance and infection resistance of the guppy (Poecilia reticulata).” Bulgarian Journal of Veterinary Medicine 16(4):243−250.http://www.uni-sz.bg/bjvm/BJVM-December%202013%20p.243-250.pdf
    10. Tadiri, C., Ainsworth, N., DeBono, N., Gavin, S., Li, J., Milbers, K., Sardinas, L., Schwartz, N. (2011). “Assessment of human health risk for Lyme Disease in a peri-urban park in southern Québec.” McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal6(1):56-61. http://msurj.mcgill.ca/vol6/iss1/tadiri2011.pdf

    Uri Bender

    Credentials: MD,CM
    Title/Position: MSc. Student and Internal Medicine Resident 
    McGill University
    Department of Experimental Medicine,
    CORE Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

    uri.bender [at] mail.mcgill.ca
     

     


    Research Interests

    • Sex and gender differences in cardiovascular disease
    • Medical oncology/chemotherapy in colon cancer

    Publication

    1. Adjuvant therapy for stages II and III colon cancer: risk stratification, treatment duration, and future directions. U. Bender MDCM, Y.S. Rho MDCM, I. Barrera MD, S. Aghajanyan, J. Acoba MD, and P. Kavan MD PhD, Current Oncology, Vol 19, dec 2020, ISSN: 1198-0052 (Print) ISSN: 1718-7729

    Liam J. Ward

    Credentials: PhD
    Title/Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
    Sweden
    liam.ward [at] ki.se

     

     


    Research Interests

    • Sex differences in vascular disease
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Proteomics

    Publications

    1. Oppi S. Nusser-Stein S. Blyszczuk P, Wang X, Jomard A, Marzolla V, Yang K, Velagupudi S, Ward LJ, Yuan XM, Geiger MA, Guillaumon AT, Othman A, Hornemann T, Rancic Z, Ryu D, Oosterveer MH, Lüscher TF, Stein S. Macrophage NCOR1 protects from atherosclerosis by repressing a pro-atheogenic PPARγ signature. European Heart Journal. 2019; ehz667.
    2. Ward LJ. Sex differences in atherosclerosis and exercise effects. Linköping University Press, Sweden. 2019; ISBN: 978-91-7685-097-8.
    3. Ward LJ, Olausson P, Li W, Yuan XM. Proteomics and multivariate modelling reveal sex-specific alterations in distinct regions of human carotid atheroma. Biology of Sex Differences. 2018; 9 (1), 54.
    4. Yuan XM, Ward LJ, Forssell C, Siraj N, Li W. Carotid atheroma from men has significantly higher levels of inflammation and iron metabolism enabled by macrophages. Stroke. 2018; 49 (2), 419-425.
    5. Ward LJ, Ljunggren SA, Karlsson H, Li W, Yuan XM. Exposure to atheroma-relevant 7-oxysterols causes proteomic alteration in cell death, cellular longevity, and lipid metabolism in THP-1 macrophages. PLoS One. 2017; 12 (3), e0174475.
    6. Liang W, Ward LJ, Karlsson H, Ljunggren SA, Li W, Lindahl M, Yuan XM. Distinctive proteomic profiles among different regions of human carotid plaques in men and women. Scientific Reports. 2016; 6, 26231.
    7. Li W, Sultana N, Siraj N, Ward LJ, Pawlik M, Levy E, Jovinge S, Bengtsson E, Yuan XM. Autophagy dysfunction and regulatory cystatin C in macrophage death of atherosclerosis. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. 2016; 20 (9), 1664-1672.
    8. Yuan XM, Sultana N, Siraj N, Ward LJ, Ghafouri B, Li W. Autophagy induction protects against 7-oxysterol-induced cell death via lysosomal pathway and oxidative stress. Journal of Cell Death. 2016; s37841.
    9. Iredahl F, Sadda V, Ward LJ, Hackethal J, Farnebo S, Tesselaar E, Sjöberg F. Modeling perfusion dynamics in the skin during iontophoresis of vasoactive drugs using single-pulse and multiple-pulse protocols. Microcirculation. 2015; 22 (6), 446-453.

       

    Claudia Tucci

    Credentials: MD
    Title/Position: Post-graduation National Medical Licensing training - Department of Experimental Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
    Visiting MD student at Department of Clinical Sciences Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden
    Student of Sapienza School for Advanced Studies (SSAS)
    tucci_claudia [at] libero.it


    Research Interests

    • Sex and gender differences in cardiovascular disease and in chronic kidney disease.

    Publications

    1. La sindrome metabolica: un modello clinico-terapeutico di endocrinologia di genere. Raparelli V, Sansone A, Napoleone L, Romiti GF, Tucci C, Tosti G, Vernile A, Santoliquido M, Romanelli F, Basili S.
    2. Sex and Gender Differences in Ischemic Heart Disease: Endocrine Vascular Disease Approach (EVA) Study Design. Raparelli V, Proietti M, Lenzi A, Basili S; EVA Collaborators.
    3. The Sex-Specific Detrimental Effect of Diabetes and Gender-Related Factors on Pre-admission Medication Adherence Among Patients Hospitalized for Ischemic Heart Disease: Insights From EVA Study. Raparelli V, Proietti M, Romiti GF, Lenzi A, Basili S; EVA Collaborative Group.

    Salima Hemani

    Credentials: RN, MSN, PhD Candidate
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    salima.hemani [at] mail.utoronto.ca

     

     

    Research Description

    I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing. My research interests are focused on reducing the burden of cardiovascular diseases in South Asian population especially South Asian Canadians. For PhD studies, I am conducting a pilot randomized controlled trial is to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a culturally tailored low-sodium dietary intervention in reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure in South Asian men and women who live in the Greater Toronto Area. Secondary objectives of this pilot study include assessing the effect of a low-sodium community-based dietary intervention on knowledge and attitude and self-regulation behaviours.


    Giulia Tosti

    Credentials: MD
    Title/Position: Post-graduation National Medical Licensing training - Department of Experimental Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
    Visiting MD student at Department of Clinical Sciences Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden
    giulia.tosti93 [at] gmail.com

     


    Research Interests

    • Sex and gender differences in cardiovascular disease and in chronic kidney disease.

    Publications

    1. Effects of propofol or sevoflurane anesthesia induction on hemodynamics in patients undergoing fiberoptic intubation for cervical spine surgery: A randomized, controlled, clinical trial. Robba C, Qeva E, Borsellino B, Aloisio S, Tosti G, Bilotta F.
    2. Spine Surgery and Blood Loss: Systematic Review of Clinical Evidence. Willner D, Spennati V, Stohl S, Tosti G, Aloisio S, Bilotta F. Anesth Analg. 2016 Nov;123(5):1307-1315. Review.
    3. La sindrome metabolica: un modello clinico-terapeutico di endocrinologia di genere. Raparelli V, Sansone A, Napoleone L, Romiti GF, Tucci C, Tosti G, Vernile A, Santoliquido M, Romanelli F, Basili S.
    4. Sex and Gender Differences in Ischemic Heart Disease: Endocrine Vascular Disease Approach (EVA) Study Design. Raparelli V, Proietti M, Lenzi A, Basili S; EVA Collaborators.
    5. The Sex-Specific Detrimental Effect of Diabetes and Gender-Related Factors on Pre-admission Medication Adherence Among Patients Hospitalized for Ischemic Heart Disease: Insights From EVA Study. Raparelli V, Proietti M, Romiti GF, Lenzi A, Basili S; EVA Collaborative Group.

    Raquel Gómez de León Zapata

    Credentials: MD, MS
    Title/Position: PhD. Student in Medicine and Medical Resident at Hospital Reina Sofia (specializing in Family Medicine)
    Universidad de Murcia
    Department of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology
    School of Medicine. Campus Mare Nostrum
    Spain
    raquel.gomezdeleon [at] gmail.com


     

    Research Interests

    • Gender differences in neurodegenerative disorders
    • Rare diseases
    • Eating disorders
    • Neuropsychology of neuro developmental disorders

    Simon Lindner

    Credentials: MSc Physics
    Title/Position: PhD student
    Medical University of Vienna
    Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems
    Section for Science of Complex Systems
    lindner.sd [at] gmail.com

    Research Interests

    • Data Science and Complex Systems
    • Statistical Mechanics

    Publications

    Korbel J, Lindner SD, Hanel R, Thurner S. Thermodynamics of small systems with emergent structures. 14 Apr 2020 arXiv:2004.06491

    https://arxiv.org/abs/2004.06491


    Carola Deischinger

    Credentials: MD
    Title/Position: PhD Student
    Medical University of Vienna
    Department of Internal Medicine III; Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
    Gender Medicine Unit
    Vienna, Austria
    carola.deischinger [at] meduniwien.ac.at



    Research Interests

    • Gender differences in type 2 diabetes mellitus
    • Gestational diabetes
    • Transgender hormone therapy
    • Iodine levels and hormonal birth control

    Agne Laucyte-Cibulskiene

    Credentials: MD, PhD
    Title/Position: Post Doc Student
    Sweden
    agne.laucyte [at] gmail.com

     

     


    Research Interest

    • Nephrology

    Publications

    1. Rinkuniene E, Petrulioniene Z, Laucevicius A, Laucyte A, Ringailaite E. Prevalence of conventional risk factors in patients with coronary heart disease. Medicine. 2009, 45(2):140-4
    2. Rinkuniene E, Dzenkeviciute V, Badariene J, Ringailaite E, LaucyteA, Petrulioniene Z, Laucevicius A. Influence of modifiable and non-modifiable cardiovascular risk factors on development of metabolic syndrome in patients with coronary heart disease. Theory and Practice in Medicine. 2011, 17(2):168-1742
    3. Laucyte A, Miglinas M. Diagnostic Challenges: Chronic nephritic syndrome and pancytopenia. Theory and Practice in Medicine. 2012, 18(4.2): 605–609.
    4. Rimsevicius L, Chalkovskaja A, Rudminiene I, Anisko S, Mateikaite K, Skebas K, Laucyte A et al. Risk factors for urinary tract infection in early period after renal transplantation and its impact on long-term graft and patient survival. Theory and Practice in Medicine. 2012, 18(4.2): 545-549.
    5. Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Miglinas M. Clinical approach to noninvasive and invasive blood pressure monitoring in end-stage renal disease patients on dialysis. Blood Press Monit. 2014 Dec;19(6):370
    6. Vrotniakaite K, Jaceviciute R, Rudminiene I, Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Rainiene T, Jankevicius F, Zelvys A, Miglinas M. Malignancy after renal transplantation: A single-center experience. Ann Transplant. 2014 Sep 15;19:456-63.
    7. Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Miglinas M. Arterial stiffness: a link to chronic kidney disease. Theory and Practice in Medicine. 2014, 20(3): 213-16.
    8. Gincaite A, Vicka V, Rimsevicius L, Kopustaite I, Miglinas M, Laucyte-Cibuslkiene A. Bioimpedance value for assessing nutritional status is hemodialysis patients. Theory and Practice in Medicine. 2015, 21(4.2): 697-702.
    9. Kantauskaite M, Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Miglinas M, Laurinavicius A: Histopathological classification for the prediction of renal outcome in crescentic glomerulonephritis. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 2015;30
    10. Polubenko K, Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Cekauskas A, Miglinas M, Jankevicius F. Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease – changes in native kidney size and native nephrectomy effect on kidney graft function, postransplant morbidity and overall survival. Theory and Practice in Medicine. 2015, 21(2.2): 179-186.
    11. Rauluseviciute I, Usaviciene E, Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Rimesvicius L, Miglinas M. Epidemiology of Orthostatic hypotension in CKD. Theory and Practice in Medicine. 2016 - T. 22 (Nr. 3), 239–242 p.
    12. Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Petraviciute M, Gudynaite M, Gumbys L, Valanciene D, Galiauskiene K, Ryliskyte L, Rimsevicius L, Miglinas M, Strupas K. Mismatch between stiffness in elastic and muscular arteries as a predictor of vascular calcification in dialysis patients. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2017 Jun 28. doi: 10.1007/s40520-017-0787-7.
    13. Sukackiene D, Rimsevicius L, Kiveryte S, Marcinkeviciene K, Bratchikov M, Zokaityte D, Tyla R, Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Miglinas M. A case of successfully treated relapsing peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis caused by Gordonia bronchialis in a farmer. Nephrol Ther. 2018 Apr;14(2):109–111.doi: 10.1016/j.nephro.2017.09.006. Epub 2017 Nov 29.
    14. Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Boreikaite E, Aucina G, Gudynaite M, Rudminiene I, Anisko S, Vareikiene L, Gumbys L, Valanciene D, Rimsevicius L, Miglinas M, Strupas K. Arterial stiffness and vascular calcification in kidney transplant. Laboratorinė medicina. 2017, t. 19,Nr. 4(76), p. 217–223.
    15. Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Boreikaite E, Aucina G, Gudynaite M, RudminieneI, Anisko S, Vareikiene L, Gumbys L, Valanciene D, Ryliskyte L,Strupas K, Rimsevicius L, Miglinas M. Usefulness of pretransplant aorticarch calcification evaluation for kidney transplant outcome predictionin one year follow-up. Ren Fail. 2018 Nov; 40(1): 201–208. doi:10.1080/0886022X.2018.1455588.
    16. Laucyte-Cibulskiene A. Heart Rate Variability and Pulse Pressure Amplification: Lessons from Diabetic Patients. Pulse(Basel). 2018 Mar; 5(1-4):125–126. doi: 10.1159/000480035. Epub 2017 Oct 25.
    17. Kantauskaite M, Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Miglinas M. Histopathological Classification – A Prognostic Tool for Rapidly Progressive Glomerulonephritis. Medicina. 2018, 54, 17. doi:10.3390/medicina54020017.
    18. Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Rimsevicius L, Gumbys L, Valanciene D, MiglinasM. Two Years of Maintenance Hemodialysis Has Pronounced Effect onArterial Stiffness Progression. Aging Clin Exp Res. doi: 10.1007/s40520-018-0971-4.
    19. Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Vickiene A, Ryliskyte L, Badariene J, Rimsevicius L, Miglinas M. Should we calculate arterial stiffness gradient in middle-aged women with increased cardiovascular risk?Blood Press. 2019 Jun;28(3):199-205. doi: 10.1080/08037051.2019.1591921. Epub 2019 Mar 16.
    20. Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Miglinas M, Zelvys A, Cekauskas A. Successful laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy: first experience in Lithuania.Acta Med Litu. 2019;26(2):140-146. doi: 10.6001/actamedica.v26i2.4035.
    21. Sukackiene D, Laucyte-Cibulskiene A, Vickiene A, Rimsevicius L, Miglinas M. Risk stratification for patients awaiting kidney transplantation: Role of bioimpedance derived edema index and nutrition status.Clin Nutr. 2019 Dec 14. pii: S0261-5614(19)33168-1. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2019.12.001. [Epub ahead of print]
    22. Laucyte-Cibulskiene A. Evoking awareness towards muscular arterial remodeling and stiffness. Accepted to Artery Research.

    Teresa Gisinger

    Credentials: MD
    Title/Position: PhD student
    Medical University of Vienna
    Department of Internal Medicine III; Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
    Gender Medicine Unit, Vienna, Austria
    teresa.gisinger [at] meduniwien.ac.at


    Research Interests

    • Role and function of the colonic H, K ATPase
    • Gestational diabetes

    Publications

    1. Teresa M Gisinger, Vanessa M Baratta, Maria J Barahona, Jenna Ollodart, David Mulligan, John P Geibel, Penicillin’s Protective Effect on Colonic Ischemia is Mediated by H,KATPase; 14thAnnual Academic Surgical Congress, Houston, TX (5th-7thof February 2019)
    2. Teresa M Gisinger, Vanessa M Baratta, Maria J Barahona, Jenna Ollodart, David Mulligan, John P Geibel, Penicillin G Protects Colonic Tissue from Ischemic Injury in Rat Models and Validates Clinical Use of Antibiotics in Ischemic Gastrointestinal Disorders; 14thAnnual Academic Surgical Congress, Houston, TX (5th-7thof February 2019)
    3. Maria J Barahona, Jenna Ollodart, Teresa M Gisinger, Vanessa M Baratta, Yasmin Stroehl, David Mulligan, John Geibel, Activation of the Vacuolar H+-ATPase via CaSR Activation in the Rat; 14thAnnual Academic Surgical Congress, Houston, TX (5th-7thof February 2019)
    4. Vanessa M Baratta, Teresa M Gisinger, Maria J Barahona, Jenna Ollodart, David Mulligan, John P Geibel, Penicillin’s Protective Effect on Small Bowel Ischemia is Mediated by H,KATPase; 14thAnnual Academic Surgical Congress, Houston, TX (5th-7thof February 2019)
    5. Maria J Barahona, Michelle Finotti, Jenna Ollodart, Vanessa M Baratta, Teresa M Gisinger, Giorgio Caturegli, Reene M Maina, Francesco D’Amico, David Mulligan, John P Geibel, Nanoparticle activation of the Calcium Sensing Receptor prevents Ischemic Injury in the Rat Intestine; 14thAnnual Academic Surgical Congress, Houston, TX (5th-7thof February 2019)
    6. Valentina Norz, Teresa M Gisinger, Vanessa M Baratta, Maria J Barahona, Jenna Ollodart, David Mulligan, John P Geibel, Penicillin G induces Colonic H-KATPase via a Nitric Oxide-Dependent mechanism in rat colonocytes: A novel target for antibiotic-associated diarrhea control; 14thAnnual Academic Surgical Congress, Houston, TX (5th-7thof February 2019)
    7. Vanessa M Baratta, Teresa M Gisinger, Maria J Barahona, Jenna Ollodart, David Mulligan, John P Geibel, Penicillin G Protects the Small Bowel from Ischemic Injury - A Potential Surgical Technique to Prolong Transplant Graft Viability; 14thAnnual Academic Surgical Congress, Houston, TX (5th-7thof February 2019)
    8. Teresa M Gisinger, Maria J Barahona, Vanessa M Baratta, Jenna Ollodart, David Mulligan, John P Geibel, Prevention of Ischemia in the Distal Colon of the Rat Model with Penicillin G; manuscript in preparation
    9. Teresa M Gisinger, Vanessa M Baratta, Maria J Barahona, Jenna Ollodart, David Mulligan, John P Geibel, Penicillin G in a High K+Environment Suppress Secretagogue Induced Diarrhea; manuscript in preparation
    10. Michele Finotti, Maria J Barahona, Vanessa M Baratta, Reene M Maina, Giorgio Caturegli, Teresa M Gisinger, Francesco D’Amico, David Mulligan, John P Geibel, The Role of Therapeutic Nanoparticles in an Ex Vivo Rat Intestinal Perfusion Model: Protection from Ischemic Injury in the Small Intestine; manuscript in preparation
    11. Valentina Norz, Vanesssa M Baratta, Teresa M Gisinger, Maria J Barahona, David Mulligan, John P Geibel, Penicillin G Induces H+, K+-ATPase via a Nitric Oxide-Dependent Mechanism in Rat Colonic Crypt Cells; manuscript in preparation.

    Jürgen Harreiter

    Credentials: MD, MSc
    Title/Position: Resident, PhD Student
    Medical University of Vienna
    Department of Medicine III; Division of Endocrinology
    Gender Medicine Unit 
    Vienna, Austria
    juergen.harreiter [at] meduniwien.ac.at

    Website
    www.meduniwien.ac.at/hp/gender-medicine/


    Heather Burnside

    Credentials: R.N. MScN, PhD Trainee
    Title/Position: PhD Student - Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing 
    University of Toronto
    Heather.kewageshig [at] mail.utoronto.ca

     

    Research Description

    I am a PhD student at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Nursing. My experience as a nurse working in rural/remote First Nation communities, as well as coming from a First Nations family who has been impacted by diabetes and its complications, has helped me to understand the significant influence diabetes has on the individual, family, and community. During my PhD studies, I plan on examining the effects of how sex, gender and culture interacts and influences self-management practices of Indigenous people living with type 2 diabetes with the goal of improving diabetes care and reducing diabetes-related complications.


    Jasmine Poole

    Title/Position: Research Coordinator for the GOING-FWD Project.
    Affiliation: CORE Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)
    5252 Boul. de Maisonneuve, Montreal, Quebec.
    jasmine.poole [at] rimuhc.ca

     

     

    I am the Research Coordinator for the GOING-FWD Project and the Coordinator for Dr. Pilote’s Research Team since 2004.

    My passion for cycling in the summer and skiing in the winter, along with work and my grandkids keeps me young in body and in soul. 


    Sabeena Jalal

    Credentials: MBBS, MSc (Harvard University)
    Title/Position: MScPH Student
    McGill University

     

     

     

     

    I assist with the GOING-FWD's website and twitter account, and am working as a research associate with Dr. Louise Pilote on one of her research projects.

    Publications

    1. Jalal S, Ante Z, Ouellette H, Peters S, Munk P, Nicolaou S. Impact of 24/7/365 Attending Radiologist Coverage on the Turnaround Time of Trauma-Related Imaging Studies Being Finalized Within 48 Hours in an Emergency Radiology Department, Offering a Perspective from a Tertiary Care Hospital. Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal. 2020 Mar 11
    2. Jalal S, Ouellette H, Ante Z, Munk P, Khosa F, Nicolaou S. Impact of 24/7/365 Attending Radiologist Coverage on the Turnaround Time in an Emergency and Trauma Radiology Department. Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal. 2020 Feb 27.
    3. Jalal S, Lloyd ME, Khosa F, Grace I, Hsu H, Nicolaou S. Exploratory data analysis for pre and post 24/7/365 attending radiologist coverage support in an emergency department: fundamentals of data science. Emergency Radiology. 2019 Dec 16:1-9.
    4. Qamar SR, Jalal S, Nicolaou S, Tsang M, Gilhofer T, Saw J. Comparison of cardiac computed tomography angiography and transoesophageal echocardiography for device surveillance after left atrial appendage closure. EuroIntervention: journal of EuroPCR in collaboration with the Working Group on Interventional Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology. 2019 Oct 20;15(8):663.
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