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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.

Jeann Buenafe completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba in June 2016. Her previous research experience includes a study that looked into lifestyle factors and how they are associated with the development of chronic diseases. She is a Research Coordinator at the CDIC on a multicenter, prospective, observational cohort study investigating the prevalence of frailty and association with morbidity and mortality in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. She is also working on an observational study looking into improving the outcomes of peritoneal dialysis catheter insertion.

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 evaluating new investigational drugs, including a current trial for the treatment of metabolic acidosis in patients with chronic kidney disease, as well as another for the treatment of the inflammatory process in diabetic kidney disease. Additionally, she works on a trial comparing early versus standard dialysis starts in patients with acute kidney injury.

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 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 a Registered 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.

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.

Mohammad Nourmohammadi completed his Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Manitoba. He has experience in leading or participating in national-level statistical research projects. His recent research focuses on Complex Survey and Transactional Data Analysis, Data Quality, and Statistical Learning Techniques. He works as a Post-doctoral Fellow with the CDIC to implement statistical machine learning techniques for investigating the epidemiology of Metabolic Acidosis, as well as Fabry Disease in Manitoba, Canada.

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 dialysis patients.

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.

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 patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). In addition, she will be involved in the Manitoba Renal Program which oversees the care of patients with CKD in Manitoba.

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.

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 is the CDIC’s Data Decision and Support Analyst. 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 for evaluating patient 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.

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