June 12, 2017

Welcome to our new Medical Student Researchers

A bright, new and engaged group of medical students has joined the Seven Oaks Hospital Chronic Disease Innovation Centre (CDIC) for the summer. The students have a wide range of academic research interests and will work on various projects under the mentorship of CDIC principal investigators and research staff.

Second Year Returning Students

Blake Lerner is a medical and B. Sc. (Med.) student at the Max Rady College of Medicine. He graduated with his B. Sc. Biology in 2015 from McGill University in Montreal.

He is currently working on the Canadian Frailty Observation and Interventions Trial (CanFIT) study. The CanFIT study aims to determine the natural history and prevalence of frailty and its association with dialysis treatment choices and adverse outcomes in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease.

Alain Beaudry is a medical student at the University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Winnipeg, where he was subsequently an Adjunct Professor of Economics and Regent. He has acted as a consultant to various government organizations and private enterprises. His research interests include, but are not limited to, applied game theory and cost-utility analysis in health care.

Presently, Alain is developing digital tools to simulate costs and outcomes of publicly funded renal programs, such that efficiencies might be found which improve patient outcomes and/or decrease costs.

Sean Desrochers is a second year medical student and is completing his BSc. Med at the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre at Seven Oaks General Hospital. Sean completed his BSc. in psychology at the University of Manitoba prior to entering medical school.

He is currently working on the VIEWER and CONNECT studies. The VIEWER project aims to use wearable technology to create a virtual ward for patients with chronic kidney disease. The CONNECT study focuses on the use of a Telehome monitoring system with the goal of providing better communication between healthcare providers and patients who are receiving home peritoneal dialysis.

First Year Students

Kevin Li is a first year BSc Med student with the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre at Seven Oaks General Hospital. He has completed his first year of medical school at the University of Manitoba and will be continuing his studies after the summer.

He is currently working on two projects; the Spondylodiscitis (SD) in the Hemodialysis Population in Manitoba project will look to describe incidence of SD in patient populations receiving hemodialysis. We will create a clinical prediction model incorporating risk factors in the development of SD. A similar approach will also be used to generate models predicting death and hospitalization of patients with SD.The Epidemiology of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) in Persons with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) projectwill look to determine the prevalence of PVD in patients with CKD or on dialysis. We will then determine how PVD along with reduced renal function adversely affects health outcomes and survival.

Maira Ahmed is a first year medical student at the University of Manitoba College of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree, B.Sc Pharmacy, at the University of Manitoba with the College of Pharmacy. She will be completing a B.Sc Medicine project at Seven Oaks General Hospital with the Chronic Disease Innovation Center over the next two summers. Her project explores the use of peritoneal dialysis catheters for the treatment of refractory ascites and the impact on the quality of life for patients compared to the current standard of therapy.

Derek Briscoe is a medical student from the University of Manitoba who is conducting research with the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre at Seven Oaks General Hospital. He is entering his second year of medical school, and currently completing a Bachelor of Science (med).

Derek is currently working on an epidemiologic study of how prolonged QTc contributes to sudden cardiac death in dialysis patients. This project will be the largest epidemiologic analysis of prolonged QTc interval as a risk for sudden cardiac death as compared to other known risk factors. Specifically, this study is targeted at the pharmacoepidemiology of certain drugs which prolong the QTc interval and their contribution to the overall risk of prolonged QTc and SCD. The results gathered by project will have direct policy implications on the prescribing or deprescribing of certain QT prolonging medications in the kidney failure population.

Kelsey Connelly is a first year BSc Med student with the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre at Seven Oaks General Hospital. He just finished his first year of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Prior to this, he graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a four year degree in biochemistry. He has previous research experience at St. Boniface cardiology under the supervision of Dr. Christopher White.

Kelsey is currently working on the Frailty study under supervision of Dr. Navdeep Tangri. This ongoing cohort study is evaluating the burden of frailty in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in assessing which treatment plans should be pursued. From this, the burden of unnecessary treatment in CKD may be avoided, allowing for patients with CKD to avoid adverse clinical outcomes.


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