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Research Staff

Amanda Cammalleri

Amanda Cammalleri

Research Coordinator, MSc

About

Amanda earned her MSc in Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from Concordia University. She is now a research coordinator to Dr. Jackie Whittaker, working primarily on the Stop OsteoARthritis (SOAR) Clinical Trial. 
Dora Chan

Dora Chan

Research Assistant

Tel: 604.207.4007

About

Dora Chan is a 4th year Cognitive Systems student in the Cognition and Brain stream at UBC. She is a research assistant working on the INTACT study under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta.
Timothy Cheng

Timothy Cheng

Research Assistant

Tel: 604.207.4016

About

Timothy Cheng is a 4th year Neuroscience student in the Behavioural & Cognitive neuroscience stream at the University of British Columbia. He is a research assistant working on the PRECISION study under the supervision of Dr. Diane Lacaille
Shireen Divecha

Shireen Divecha

Administrative Assistant

Tel: 604.207.4041

About

Shireen is an administrative assistant and provides administrative support to Dr. Linda Li and the research team at Arthritis Research Canada. Prior to joining Arthritis Research Canada, Shireen was an executive assistant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and has over 12 years of experience supporting senior level executives.
Lourdes Gonzalez Arreola

Lourdes Gonzalez Arreola

Research Coordinator

Tel: 604.207.4040

About

Lourdes earned her MSc degree in Population and Public Health from the University of British Columbia. Over the past 3 years she worked with several different researchers at Arthritis Research Canada, coordinating projects at Mary Pack Arthritis Centre. She is now research coordinator to Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta and Dr. Shahin Jamal on various projects including SUCCEED, INTACT, and CanRIO.
Nejat Hassen

Nejat Hassen

Research Assistant

 

About

Nejat earned her MSc degree in Population and Public Health from the University of British Columbia. She is now a research assistant with Dr. Diane Lacaille’s team working on the FlexCAre project.
June Kaminski

June Kaminski

Research Coordinator, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD Candidate

Tel: 604.207.4017

About

June has maternal blood ties to the Ketegaunseebee Anishnabai, Garden River First Nation in Northern Ontario. June is currently a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), with a focus on critical pedagogy, e-learning and nursing informatics. She earned both her Bachelors and Masters of Nursing from UBC and has taught BSN nursing students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) since 1989. She is currently the Curriculum Coordinator for a hybrid BSN Post Baccalaureate program which integrates Indigenous content and processes throughout the curriculum. In 2016, June was awarded the KPU Distinguished Teaching Award. She also teaches a course for the UBC Institute for Indigenous Health and UBC Indigenous Health and Community Administration program about information management, digital literacy, and community planning for information technology theory for community managers and health professionals. June has developed expertise in nursing informatics and is involved in a number of initiatives to support informatics competencies in nurses in Canada and internationally.

 
In 2012, June received the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and Canada Health Infoway’s inaugural Nursing Faculty E-Health Award. This award recognizes nursing school faculty who demonstrate exceptional leadership and commitment to e-health in nursing education, and was part of a Clinicians-in-Training Initiative, aimed at improving the preparedness of graduates to work in a technology-enabled environment.June is President of the Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment (CNHE), and encourages all Canadian nurses to become involved in promoting ecological sustainability on a national level. She feels the most logical source of sustainability wisdom that promotes ecological wholeness are traditional Indigenous teachings and philosophies.June is working as a Research Coordinator at Arthritis Research Canada, helping Dr. Diane Lacaille to develop and pilot culturally-relevant arthritis wellness programs in partnership with Haida Gwaii and Kwakiutl District Council communities. She is also working on a Case Manager pilot project with these two communities to promote comprehensive community-based care for people with arthritis. She is dedicated to promoting Indigenous health, education, and self-governance. She is also keenly interested in the use of emerging technologies to promote holistic health for all Canadians, including e-health, mobile devices, wearable tools, and telehealth initiatives.
Astrid Knight

Astrid Knight

Research Coordinator, MSc

Tel: 604.207.4005

About

Astrid Knight is a research coordinator with Diane Lacaille’s team. She received her MSc in Anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2010, and was awarded a Clarendon Scholarship for her graduate research into knowledge sharing and Inuit material culture. Bringing significant skills in community-engagement and collaborative research, Astrid has previously worked at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Oxford.  
Anirudh Kotlo

Anirudh Kotlo

Research Coordinator, B.Pharm , M. Pharm, MS

Tel: 604-875-4111 ext. 63323

About

Anirudh earned his MSc degree in Global Health from the Fairleigh Dickinson University along with a Certificate in Health Policy advocacy from University of Washington. Over the past 3 years he has worked with several different researchers at Women’s Health Research Institute (PHSA) and Vancouver Virology Centre coordinating projects for Hepatitis, HCV and Breast Cancer. He is now research coordinator to Dr. Alice Mai, Dr. Raheem Kherani and Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta on various projects including NEPTUNUS-2, CIMS ,ABAGART and BRAVO.  
Makshada Kowlessur

Makshada Kowlessur

Research Coordinator

 

About

Makshada earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Simon Fraser University. She has been working on multiple clinical trials for Dr.Chan and Dr. Carruthers for over 3.5 years at Artus Health Centre. Recently, she started working on projects with Dr.Kun Huang and Dr.Hyein Kim.  
Leo Lu

Leo Lu

Statistician, MPH

Tel: 604.207.4045

About

Na Lu(Leo) obtained his MPH degree (concentrating in Biostatistics & Epidemiology) from the Boston University in 2014. Before joining Arthritis Research Canada he was a statistical analyst at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston as well as an epidemiologist at the Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit at the Boston University. Currently he is working on the PRECISION project as a statistician at Arthritis Research Canada. His research interests include assessing the comparative effectiveness of rheumatic medications; investigating the epidemiology of rheumatic disorders; and applying advanced epidemiologic methods to clinical and pharmacoepidemiologic studies. He authored/coauthored over 50 manuscripts, during the past three years, published in top rheumatic journals. 
Ainsley Needham

Ainsley Needham

Research Assistant

About

Ainsley Needham is a 4th-year Neuroscience student in the Behavioural & Cognitive stream at the University of British Columbia. She is a research assistant working on the INTACT study under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta.
Helen Prlic

Helen Prlic

Research Team Coordinator, MA

Tel: 604.207.4008

About

Helen works on the Research Project of Investigations of Mobility, Physical Activity and Knowledge Translation in Hip Pain (IMPAKT-Hip) 
Pam Rogers

Pam Rogers

Research Coordinator, MA

Tel: 604.207.4016

About

Pamela Rogers is a research coordinator to Dr. Diane Lacaille at Arthritis Research Canada. She has a BA from the University of British Columbia in Human Geography and Film with a Masters in Adult Education focusing on documentary film as an educational medium. Working with several different researchers at Arthritis Research Canada, she has coordinated many projects for over 15 years. She has provided recruitment, data management, and analysis support for these many varied projects. She reads and writes poetry in her spare time. Research Project:

  • Arthritis and Employment: Making it Work!

 

Monika Szpunar

Monika Szpunar

Knowledge Mobilization Associate, MSc, PhD

 

About

Monika provides knowledge mobilization support to Arthritis Research Canada leadership, trainees, scientists, and the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board. Monika completed a Master of Science and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Western Ontario, specializing in Health Promotion.

 

Jeremiah Tan

Jeremiah Tan

Research Assistant

Tel: 604.207.4007

About

Jeremiah Tan earned his BSc in Biology from the University of British Columbia. He currently works on a variety of studies under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta and Dr. Neda Amiri. 
Stephanie Therrien

Stephanie Therrien

Research Coordinator, BA

Tel: 604.207.4027

About

Stephanie Therrien earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Psychology and one in Criminology alongside a Counselling and Human Development Minor from Simon Fraser University. She is currently a research coordinator to Dr. Linda Li at Arthritis Research Canada and is coordinating The Falls Prevention (OTAGO-IST) and Citizen Science studies. She is also involved in the OPERAS rheumatoid arthritis and Knee Health App studies.
Chloe Yue

Chloe Yue

Research Assistant

 

About

Chloe Yue is a third-year Biology student at UBC. She is currently working on the SUCCEED and INTACT projects under the supervision of Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta.
Yufei Zheng

Yufei Zheng

Statistician, MPH, MA

Tel: 604.207.4034

About

Yufei Zheng is a statistician currently working on the PRECISION project with Dr. Aviña and Dr. Xie. He has a MPH from the University of Alberta and a MA from Renmin University of China. He also has a Data Science Certificate of Microsoft Professional Program.  Before Joining Arthritis Research Canada he worked as a health economist and biostatistician in the Institute of Health Economics in Edmonton. His research focuses on statistical and economic evaluation of health care program using observational data.