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 the 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 (Kidney Check) 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 Bachelor of Science (Biopsychology) from the University of Winnipeg, and is pursuing a Master of Science from the 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, as well as assessing long term outcomes for individuals attending a medical fitness facility. @_RanveerB

Jeann Buenafe received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba in June 2016. 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.

Julia DaCosta completed her Bachelor 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 Master 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, for studies involving evaluating a new drug for the treatment of metabolic acidosis 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 comparison of early versus standard dialysis starts in patients with acute kidney injury.

Oksana Harasemiw completed her Master of Science degree in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is a Research Coordinator at the CDIC overseeing a multi-provincial randomized trial that aims to improve the quality of care provided to patients with Chronic Kidney Disease in the primary care setting. She also works on retrospective cohort studies using provincial administrative health databases to examine patient health outcomes.

Amanda Krueger completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She also completed the Manitoba Partnership Dietetic Education Program and is currently a Graduate Dietitian.  Her previous research experience includes several human nutritional acute studies and lifestyle studies involving glucose, cholesterol and insulin responses. She has a keen research interest in CKD and works as a Research Coordinator with the CDIC, assisting in testing of remote telehome monitoring technology for advanced CKD and Peritoneal Dialysis patients.

Silvia Leon has a medical degree from Rosario University in Colombia where she worked as an Emergency Department physician, as well as a graduate diploma in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University. She is pursuing her Master of Science, in the 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, and is currently pursing a Master of Science in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. 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.

Rachelle Sass achieved her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from York University, Toronto, and thereafter worked in Germany for three years researching and teaching at several universities. As a Research Coordinator at the CDIC, she works primarily on the Can-SOLVE CKD Triple I project, which investigates how to provide patients on hemodialysis with better information, more individualized care, and improved interactions with healthcare providers. In addition, her work on targeted deprescribing in hemodialysis patients aims to decrease their usage of unnecessary pharmaceutical medications, which may ultimately improve their quality of life.

Monica Sharma completed her Bachelor of Science Degree with a focus in Microbiology and Biology from the University of Manitoba. She works as a Research Coordinator on a project that aims to characterize the effects of an exercise rehabilitation program on symptom burden and generic health-related quality of life over time in adults on hemodialysis. She also works with the Can-SOLVE CKD Network project (Triple I) that aims to improve the information, interaction, and individualization among patients on hemodialysis.

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.

Haizhou Wang completed his Bachelor of Science in Food Science at the University of Manitoba. His past work experience includes several human nutritional acute studies focusing on glycaemia and insulin response, and exploring potential treatments for patients with genetic disorders. He is now working as a Research Coordinator for the remote ischemic conditioning study.

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