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Research Scientists

Diane Lacaille (she/her)

Diane Lacaille (she/her)

Scientific Director, MDCM, MHSc, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Mary Pack Chair in Rheumatology Research
  • Professor, University of British Columbia
John Esdaile

John Esdaile

Scientific Director Emeritus, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FCAHS, MACR

Appointments

  • Professor, Division of Rheumatology
    Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Calgary
Michal Abrahamowicz

Michal Abrahamowicz

Research Scientist, Biostatistics, PhD

Appointments

  • James McGill Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
  • Medical Scientist, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Research Institute – McGill University Health Centre
Aslam Anis

Aslam Anis

Senior Scientist, Health Economics, PhD, FCAHS

Appointments

  • Professor and Director pro tem, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
  • Director, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS), Providence Health Care Research Institute
  • National Director, CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN)
J. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta

J. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta

Senior Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Medicine and Head, Division of Rheumatology
    Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • BC Lupus Society Research Scholar
  • Walter & Marilyn Booth Research Scholar
Catherine Backman

Catherine Backman

Senior Scientist, Rehabilitation, PhD, FCAOT

Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
    University of British Columbia
  • Affiliated Researcher, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Nick Bansback (he/him)

Nick Bansback (he/him)

Research Scientist, Health Economics, MSc, PhD

Appointments

  • Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health,
    University of British Columbia
  • Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS),
    Providence Health Research Institute
Claire Barber (she/her)

Claire Barber (she/her)

Research Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine and Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Scientific Director, Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network (BJH SCN), Alberta Health Services 
Megan Barber

Megan Barber

Research Scientist, Rheumatology, BSc (Honours), MD, PhD

Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Director of Clinical Research, University of Calgary Lupus Centre of Excellence
Cheryl Barnabe

Cheryl Barnabe

Senior Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Deputy Director, McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, University of Calgary
  • Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine and Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Canada Research Chair, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases
  • Arthur J.E. Child Chair in Rheumatology Research
Susan Bartlett

Susan Bartlett

Research Scientist, Licensed Psychologist

Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Senior Scientist, Research Institute, McGill University Health Centre
Susanne Benseler

Susanne Benseler

Research Scientist, Pediatric Rheumatology, MD, PhD

Appointments

  • Director, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute
  • Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Husky Energy Chair in Child and Maternal Health
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Pediatric Research
Hyon Choi

Hyon Choi

Research Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, DrPH, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • Director, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Outcomes, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Director, Gout and Crystal Arthropathy Center, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
May Y. Choi

May Y. Choi

Research Scientist, Rheumatology, MD FRCPC, MPH

Appointments

  • Gary S. Gilkeson Lupus Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Rheumatology Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Jolanda Cibere

Jolanda Cibere

Senior Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, FRCPC, PhD

Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology
    Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Ann Clarke

Ann Clarke

Research Scientist, Immunology MD, MSc, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Arthritis Society Chair in Rheumatic Diseases
  • Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
  • Immediate Past Chair of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC)
Inés Colmegna

Inés Colmegna

Research Scientist, Rheumatology, MD

Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, McGill University
  • Scientist, Research Institute – McGill University Health Sciences. Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program. Centre for Translational Biology
Deborah Da Costa

Deborah Da Costa

Research Scientist, Psychology, PhD

Appointments

  • Scientist, Research Institute – McGill University Health Centre, Metabolic Disorders and Complications Program, Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
Mary De Vera

Mary De Vera

Research Scientist, Pharmacoepidemiology, MSc, PhD

Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia
  • Associate Dean Postdoctoral Fellows, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of British Columbia
  • Associate Director Education, Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
  • Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcomes Science (CHÉOS)
  • Canada Research Chair, Medication Adherence, Utilization, and Outcomes
Paul Fortin

Paul Fortin

Senior Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Tenured Professor and Canada Research Chair on Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases, Centre ARThrite – Université Laval
  • Clinician-Scientist, Axe Maladies Infectieuses et Immunitaires, Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval
Donald Garbuz

Donald Garbuz

Research Scientist, Orthopaedics, MD, MHSc, FRCSC

Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of British Columbia
Nelson Greidanus

Nelson Greidanus

Research Scientist, Orthopaedics, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of British Columbia
Glen Hazlewood

Glen Hazlewood

Research Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine and Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Marie Hudson

Marie Hudson

Research Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Clinician-scientist, Jewish General Hospital and Lady Davis Institute
  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University
Jacek Kopec

Jacek Kopec

Senior Scientist, Epidemiology, MD, MSc, PhD

Appointments

  • Professor, School of Population and Public Health
    University of British Columbia
Alexandra Legge

Alexandra Legge

Research Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Rheumatology), Dalhousie University
  • Adult Rheumatologist, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax Nova Scotia
  • Director, Dalhousie Lupus Clinic
Linda Li

Linda Li

Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology, BSc(PT), MSc, PhD, FCAHS

Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia
  • Harold Robinson Chair/Arthritis Society Chair in Arthritic Diseases
  • Canada Research Chair, Patient-oriented Knowledge Translation
Matthew Liang

Matthew Liang

Professor Emeritus, Rheumatology, MD, MPH

Appointments

  • Professor of Medicine, Harvard School of Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
    Harvard School of Public Health
Carlo Marra

Carlo Marra

Research Scientist, Pharmacoepidemiology, BSc (Pharm), PharmD, PhD

Appointments

  • Dean and Professor, School of Pharmacy
    University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Deborah A. Marshall

Deborah A. Marshall

Senior Scientist, Health Services Research and Health Economics, PhD

Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Laëtitia Michou (she/her)

Laëtitia Michou (she/her)

Research Scientist, Rheumatology, MD, PhD

Appointments

  • Associate professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Université Laval
  • Clinician Scientist, Endocrinology and Nephrology Axis, Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval
Kamran Shojania

Kamran Shojania

Clinical Trialist, Rheumatology, MD, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia, St. Paul’s and Vancouver General Hospital Divisions of Rheumatology
  • Medical Director, Mary Pack Arthritis Program
Ian Tsang

Ian Tsang

Scientist Emeritus, Director of Traditional Chinese Medicine Research, MD, FRCPC

Appointments

  • Clinical Professor (Retired), Division of Rheumatology
    Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Jackie Whittaker (she/her)

Jackie Whittaker (she/her)

Research Scientist, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, BScPT, PhD

Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta
Hui Xie (he/him)

Hui Xie (he/him)

Research Scientist, Biostatistics, BSc, MS, PhD

Appointments

  • Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Milan and Maureen Ilich/Merck Chair in Statistics for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases
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