Post-Doctoral Fellows 

Mary 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)


Thirumagal 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)


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)