Post-Doctoral Fellows 

Marine Azevedo Da SilvaMarine Azevedo Da Silva is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Health and Social Policy (IHSP) at McGill University. She is a social epidemiologist whose current research focuses on studying the impact of policies and social environments on adolescent mental health and substance use.

Prior her affiliation to IHSP, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (USA), investigating the relationship between bullying behavior and mental health and substance use among adolescent. Her research was supported by the NIDA-Inserm Drug Abuse Research Fellowship Award. She also worked in the Social Epidemiology research team at the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health (France), investigating the relationship between occupational status throughout the career, psychosocial work factors and suicide risk.

Dr. Azevedo Da Silva earned her PhD in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology from the University of Paris-Saclay (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research - Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, France).

marine.azevedodasilva [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)

Mary BartramMary Bartram has extensive experience in mental health and addictions policy development with federal and territorial governments, indigenous organizations and NGOs, including as the Director of the Mental Health Strategy for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. As a McGill post-doctoral fellow, her research will focus on the potential for harm reduction to bridge different understandings of recovery in the mental health and addictions sectors. She completed her PhD at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in 2017, with doctoral research on equity in access to psychotherapy in Canada, Australia and the UK.
mary.bertram [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Michael Da SilvaMichael Da Silva is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Law and Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. Michael completed his doctorate in the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he was a CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. His numerous publications include works in constitutional law, health law, ethics, and philosophy of law. His current primary research project examines the normative status of sub-state 'nations' and its implications in the health care status. He is especially interested in the implications of this status for health care allocation and health 'rights' claims generally and for the Canadian federal government's particular ability to take an increased role in allocation decisions in Canada.
michael.dasilva [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Hazar HaidarHazar Haidar is a research postdoctoral fellow working jointly at the CRE (Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal) and at the Institute for Health and Social Policy. She holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences-Bioethics from the Université de Montréal. Her research includes the ethical, social and policy issues raised by the implementation of a prenatal test known as the non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) into the Canadian context. She also focuses on the cultural and social factors that come into play when introducing such technology in a specific context.

Her current research project focuses on the perceptions and views of patients/disability rights’ advocates as well as policy decision makers regarding the current and future potential uses of NIPT using an empirical method. She is as well interested in the ethical, social and policy issues raised by the introduction of AI in the assisted reproductive technologies’ field.

Hazar is a co-editor for the articles’ section of the Canadian Journal of Bioethics, a peer-reviewed bilingual (French and English) journal.

hazarhaidar [at] hotmail.com (Email)

Nour HammamiNour Hammami is a post-doctoral fellow in adolescent health at the Institute of Health and Social Policy at McGill University. Her postdoctoral research addresses food insecurity among adolescents and investigates its relationship with health and social conditions in national and international contexts.

Her research interests are focused on adolescent health. Her previous research projects included assessing gender differences in chronic disease risk behaviours and their association with weight status among adolescents in multilevel cross-sectional and longitudinal research designs. Nour also takes an interest in investigating the health, behaviours and social conditions of vulnerable populations such as youth who are victims of bullying. With her nutrition and dietetics background, she has previously worked on developing and validating dietary measures to more accurately assess children’s dietary intakes. Nour acts as a reviewer for several journals and is an external stakeholder with Health Canada. Nour Hammami completed her PhD in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada).

nour.hammami [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)

Thirumagal KanagasabaiThirumagal Kanagasabai is an FRQS Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Epidemiology and Global Health. Her postdoctoral work focuses on environmental risk factors of cardiovascular and renal diseases in China. She completed her doctoral studies at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto (ON, Canada) in epidemiology. She also trained in toxicology from the University of Toronto, where she completed her HBSc and MSc. Her research interests include behavioural and environmental determinants of cardio-vascular-metabolic-renal diseases from both the cross-cultural and global contexts.
thirumagal.kanagasabai [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Bertrand Lavoie (starting in October 2020) is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Banting Fellow in the Faculty of Law and Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. Bertrand Lavoie holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in sociology, and a doctorate from the Université de Montréal Faculty of Law, where he was a SSHRC Bombardier Graduate Scholar. He was recently a SSHRC postdoctoral Fellow at Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law, and he has worked as a researcher invited to the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. He is also a lecturer in public law, human rights and constitutional law. He is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Society, Law and Religion (SoDRUS) at University of Sherbrooke and at the Centre for Public Law (CRDP) at University of Montreal. His is a member of the Montreal Intercultural Council. 

Bertrand’s Banting research is to understand how ethical issues related to equality rights and freedom of religion are treated in a pediatric hospital, in order to clarify the important role ethicists play in their daily work. In close collaboration with the Unité d’éthique at the francophone university hospital Sainte-Justine, he will study the influence that the pediatric dimension can have on resolving ethical health dilemmas involving beliefs.
bertrand.lavoie [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
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Vanessa RamptonVanessa Rampton is a Branco Weiss Fellow at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Philosophy Department. Prior to coming to McGill, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich’s Chair for Practical Philosophy. She holds a PhD (2013) from King’s College, University of Cambridge where she was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar. Her research is concerned with how philosophical ideas are adapted and reappropriated in concrete (historical, institutional) situations, and what these transformations can tell us about the ideas themselves. She has published on philosophical liberalism and conservatism, and has a long-standing interest in how empirical examples can challenge commonly held assumptions about these ideologies.

Vanessa Rampton’s current project examines ideas of progress in contemporary medicine. She is particularly interested in how debates on progress and its inevitable associate, technology, always rely on conceptual presuppositions about patient well-being. She researches these presuppositions using examples from a number of social strata within contemporary society, including patients, physicians, tech-actors, and pays special attention to those working in AI and robotics. It is a first aim of this project to explain why ‘medical progress’ is inevitably partial, incomplete, and associated with ambivalences. A second aim is to show that progress is never a stand-alone concept. The challenge is therefore to disentangle beliefs about medical progress from broader, shared beliefs in modern societies.
vanessa.rampton [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)

Bertrand StoffelBertrand Stoffel is a Postdoctoral Fellow jointly in the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University. His research covers two areas in particular, private law (contract law, evidence, international arbitration, and comparative law), and public health law (anti-doping policy, harm reduction). As a Postdoctoral Fellow, Bertrand Stoffel has developed a multidisciplinary research program exploring the legal and ethical dimensions of international anti-doping policy, as well as the legal tools that are best suited to protect athletes' rights and health. Bertrand Stoffel holds a Doctorate of Law from the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2017), and is also a member of the Bar of Zurich (2016). He is an editor for the Canadian Journal of Bioethics.

Bertrand Stoffel’s current research project is entitled Towards an Integrated Framework for Anti-Doping Policy: Law, Social Science, and Public Health Reasoning. It examines the impacts, the quality, and the effectiveness of anti-doping policy. Using a mixed-method approach, the project explores what anti-doping policy should achieve, how it can best address the complex issue of doping, and how its effectiveness can be measured.
bertrand.stoffel [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)

Xiaoying LiXiaoying Li is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health. Before coming to McGill University, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher with Prof. Ellison Carter at Colorado State University, U.S.A. She completed her doctorate at the College of Environmental Science and Technology in Peking University, China in 2017.

Xiaoying Li’s research interests include indoor, outdoor air quality and personal exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and their chemical compositions and source contributions. Her current research project mainly focuses on the impact of Beijing household energy transition on indoor, outdoor air quality and personal exposure, for which, she carried out field-based studies in China to collect indoor, outdoor, and personal exposure PM2.5 samples with a large team.

xiaoying.li3 [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)


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