Our highly-specialized and motivated team work together in a vibrant corporate culture to improve healthcare delivery

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.

Sarah Curtis completed her Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Sarah is a Research Coordinator at the CDIC assisting with various studies and has authored or co-authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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.

Emilie Ford completed her Masters of Public Health at the University College of Dublin in Ireland, focusing on chronic diseases in older adults. Emilie is a Research Coordinator at the CDIC and works as a part of the Renal Rehab study that is looking at the effects of an exercise rehabilitation program on symptom burden in adults on hemodialysis.

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 various studies evaluating new investigational drugs, including a current trial for the treatment of metabolic acidosis in people with chronic kidney disease, and another examining anticoagulation strategies for people with atrial fibrillation on dialysis.

Oksana Harasemiw completed her Master of Science degree in Community Health Sciences with a graduate specialization in aging from 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 people with Chronic Kidney Disease in the primary care setting. She also works as a data analyst on retrospective cohort studies using provincial administrative health databases, examining health outcomes in the areas of nephrology as well as urologic oncology.

Emily Krupka completed her Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba and is looking forward to a career in the health sciences. Her role at CDIC is to collect and update patient information to the Electronic Kidney Health Record (eKHR) and Canadian Organ Replacement Registry (CORR) to improve access to patient records. She is also involved in assisting in active research studies.

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 completed her Master of Science, in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She is a Data Decision and Support Analyst at the CDIC. Her current research is focused on pharmacoepidemiology using administrative health databases. For her Masters, she evaluated the impact of Angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitor (ACE inhibitor) prescription discontinuation after an episode of hyperkalemia in people with Chronic Kidney Disease. @silviajulianalm

Heather Martin has a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Manitoba and a Certificate of Completion from the Manitoba Dietetic Education Partnership Program. Heather is a Research Coordinator with the CDIC’s Kidney Check Program, which is offered in Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Kidney Check is a mobile program that provides on-the-spot screen results of Diabetes, Blood Pressure and Kidney Health in rural and remote Indigenous communities.

Mark Pinder completed his Master of Science degree in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has previously worked on a variety of research studies examining the effects of exercise and nutrition/supplementation. At the CDIC, he is a Clinical Trials Coordinator overseeing several projects utilizing novel exercise and pharmaceutical interventions to reduce symptom burden and increase quality of life for people on dialysis.

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 people on hemodialysis with better information, more individualized care, and improved interactions with healthcare providers. In addition, her work on targeted deprescribing in hemodialysis aims to decrease the usage of unnecessary pharmaceutical medications, which may ultimately improve quality of life.

Maryam Shamloo achieved her Ph.D. degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba, and thereafter worked at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals for two years as a postdoctoral researcher running clinical trials. As a clinical researcher, she is interested in the treatment and/or prevention of different chronic disease trough conducting human clinical trials. As a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the CDIC, she works primarily on the ReSPECKD clinical trial, which investigates the impact of Resistant Starch Prebiotic consumption on gut microbiota and whether these changes impact the concentrations of uremic toxins and uremic symptoms in people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). In addition, she will be involved in the Manitoba Renal Program which oversees the care of people with CKD in Manitoba.

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 people with genetic disorders. He is now working as a Research Coordinator for the remote ischemic conditioning study.

Reid Whitlock is a Data Decision and Support Analyst at the CDIC. He holds an M.Sc. in Community Health Sciences from the University of Manitoba. Reid has authored or co-authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has led and coordinated various cohort studies and systematic reviews evaluating outcomes in relation to frailty, diagnostic tools, and medication for diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Reid also assists with building reports, compiling statistics, and data management for the Manitoba Renal Program.

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