A next generation facility for next generation researchers.

CDIC has attracted a new generation of millennial scientists — a world-class group of curious, talented, and inspired young professionals. Vibrant corporate culture and a contemporary physical environment are essential to the concept.

Our Team

Michelle Di Nella, Research Manager, holds a Master of Arts in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Manitoba, Department of Psychology. As Research Manager she provides general oversight and management for the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre. She is also the Project Manager for a pan-Canadian initiative that involves screening for chronic kidney disease in remote Indigenous communities; part of the Canadian’s Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease (Can-SOLVE CKD) Network.

Ranveer Brar has a Bachelors of Science (Biopsychology) from the University of Winnipeg, and a Master of Science, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. He works as a Research Coordinator and Entry Level Statistician. His main project focus is on assessing frailty and adverse outcomes in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and on assessing long term outcomes for individuals attending a medical fitness facility. @_RanveerB

Lauren Burton has a B.Sc. General with focus in Microbiology and Biology from the University of Manitoba, and is currently pursuing a degree in Medicine. Her past research experience includes work in molecular neurophysiology at the U of M. Currently, she is the Research Coordinator for two projects testing remote telehome monitoring technology for advanced CKD and Peritoneal Dialysis patients; one investigating optimizing the transition from non-dialysis CKD to chronic dialysis, and the other investigating improving management of peritoneal dialysis treatments.

Julia DaCosta completed her Bachelors of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba in May 2017, and the Manitoba Partnership Dietetic Education Program in June 2018. She works as a Research Assistant to update the Canadian Organ Replacement Registry (CORR) and the Electronic Kidney Health Record (eKHR) for a contract with the Manitoba Renal Program.

Thomas Ferguson completed his Masters of Science at the University of Manitoba, Department of Community Health Sciences. He is the Chronic Disease Innovation Center’s in house Health Economist and Biostatistician, and supplies expert advice on cost effectiveness for many academic projects and commercial collaborations.

Anna Glybina has a medical degree from Ivanovo State Medical Academy in the city of Ivanovo, Russia where she practiced as a Nephrologist. Her research interests are in Internal Diseases and Nephrology. She works as a Clinical Trials Coordinator for The CDIC, including the evaluation of new drugs for the treatment of anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease, the use of peritoneal dialysis catheters for the treatment of fluid build-up in patients with chronic liver disease, and comparisons of early versus late dialysis starts in patients with acute kidney injury.

Oksana Harasemiw has a Master of Science from the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She is a Research Coordinator primarily working on a project that involves engaging a team of patient partners through the pan-Canadian Can-SOLVE CKD Network. The project will trial a knowledge translation intervention aimed at improving the quality of care provided to patients with Chronic Kidney Disease, in the primary care setting.

Silvia Leon has a medical degree from Rosario University in Colombia where she worked as an Emergency Department physician, and a graduate diploma in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University. She is pursuing her Master of Science, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba while she works as a Student Research Coordinator. Her current research is focused on pharmacoepidemiology, including using big data to look at the use of medication and its impact on patient outcomes. @silviajulianalm

Krista Rossum received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of North Texas. She works as a Research Assistant for CDIC’s work with Can-SOLVE CKD. Her work helps to identify patient priorities and testing tools, strategies and models to improve the information dialysis patients receive, as well as to improve the interaction between patients and health care providers, and the individualization of care.

Quinn Tays has a BSc (Hons) Chemistry from the University of Manitoba and is pursuing a degree in Medicine. He is a Research Coordinator for projects involved with the development and validation of a classification tool to document nursing workload in In-Centre Hemodialysis and for assessing frailty and outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease. He is also is the Canadian Organ Replacement Registry Site Coordinator for Seven Oaks.

Reid Whitlock completed his M.Sc. in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has led or participated in retrospective cohort studies for evaluating patient outcomes in relation to diagnostic tools and medication for diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. He has also contributed to Systematic Reviews and meta-analyses for studies of frailty in CKD patients.

Research Division · Seven Oaks Chronic Disease Innovation Centre
2300 McPhillips Street · Winnipeg, Manitoba · R2V 3M3 · 204‑631‑3834