Mentoring the next generation of researchers

We have a successful mentorship program, focused on providing a supportive environment for students at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels. Our objectives are to provide students with tailored, hands-on training in research methods, epidemiology and biostatistics, allowing students to obtain the skills necessary to become successful in their future research careers.

Current Students

Ryan Bamforth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Manitoba, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. His thesis is focused on evaluating the use of marginal kidneys in Manitoba’s transplant patient population from an economic perspective.

Katrina Cachero completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba in May 2017 and the Manitoba Partnership Dietetic Education Program in June 2018. Katrina is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Since Katrina is also practicing as a Registered Dietitian, she is passionate about weight management interventions. The main focus of her thesis is an evaluation of a weight loss program at the Wellness Institute. With the market being overwhelmed with weight loss products and services, there is a gap in evidence-based, professionally delivered clinical weight loss services in Canada. This evaluation will evaluate the weight loss program at the Wellness Institute to ensure the program is based upon the most current scientific literature and will provide data for future research applications.

Priscila Ferreira da Silva holds a BA (Hons) in Indigenous Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Priscila works with Dr. Clara Bohm as a research assistant in the Can-SOLVE CKD Network Triple I project, which aims to improve the experiences of hemodialysis patients in respect to accessing information, interacting with healthcare providers, and receiving individualized care. Priscila’s involvement with Triple I has led her to conduct an ethnographic study for a master’s thesis to identify the constellation of barriers and facilitators particularly influencing the wellbeing and quality of life of Indigenous patients on hemodialysis in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This proposed study also seeks to understand how the structural barriers Indigenous patients face are connected to a broader history of settler colonialism in Canada.

Krista Rossum received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of North Texas, and is currently pursing a dual MD and Master of Science (Community Health Sciences) at the University of Manitoba. Her Master’s thesis is focused on developing an algorithm to predict appendicular lean body mass from regional hip and spine DXA scans.

Research Division · Seven Oaks Chronic Disease Innovation Centre
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