EpiBio Research Day


The EpiBio Research Day is an annual gathering aimed at celebrating research accomplishments and encouraging collaboration within our department. During this event, participants have the opportunity to present their research findings through both oral presentations and poster sessions. Attendees include trainees from a variety of programs, ranging from undergraduate studies to postgraduate programs. We also extend invitations to external researchers to deliver keynote speeches, providing valuable insights from different perspectives. Throughout the day, we acknowledge the outstanding contributions of our researchers with awards for excellence in presentation.



We were thrilled to host the Second Annual EpiBio Research Day on April 9th in PHFM 1150, where students from our Department showcased their exceptional research. The event, open to both undergraduate and graduate students, featured insightful presentations and discussions.

We're pleased to announce that Dr. Ava John-Baptiste delivered a captivating keynote address, shedding light on economic evaluation to inform Indigenous health policy. Her expertise in health economics and health services research provided valuable insights into this critical area.

Additionally, we were honored to have Dr. Saverio Stranges deliver the Opening Remarks, setting the stage for a day filled with intellectual exchange and collaboration.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who participated and contributed to the success of this event. Congratulations to the winners of the Judges' and Participants' Awards in the undergraduate, MSc, and PhD categories.

Thank you to everyone who attended and made the Second Annual EpiBio Research Day a memorable experience. We look forward to continuing these enriching discussions in the future.

Keynote Address

Ava-headshot-x300.jpgDr. Ava John-Baptiste, PhD

Dr. Ava John-Baptiste is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where she also serves as Graduate Chair. She is cross appointed to the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and teaches in the Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health. Dr. John-Baptiste applies her expertise in health economics and health services research to inform health policy decisions. She uses a range of methods including evidence synthesis, cost analysis, economic evaluation, modelling, and the linkage of administrative and clinical databases.


Economic evaluation to inform Indigenous health policy

Indigenous people and communities have been working to reclaim Indigenous birth and invest in Indigenous midwifery programs. Persons giving birth who live in First Nations and Inuit communities are required to travel to urban centres at 36-38 weeks gestation to give birth away from home. When seeking to improve perinatal health supports and services, the question posed by Canadian health policy decision makers is, “What is the cost for obstetric evacuation or travel for birth compared to community-based Indigenous-led care?”. Economic evaluation provides a framework for comparing health care options to aid in policy decision making. Mi'kmaq Elders Albert and Murdena Marshall teach the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing, in which we recognize the strengths of Indigenous ways of seeing in addition to the strengths of Western ways. During the keynote address, I will share what our research team has learned while attempting to estimate the costs of obstetric evacuation. A weaving of Indigenous and Western perspectives can help us identify the strengths of economic evaluation and highlight areas for improvement, as we seek to apply this framework to inform Indigenous health policies.

Oral Presentation List
Poster Presentation List

See the photos from the event

2024 EpiBio Research Day Awards

We commend all presenters for their diligent research efforts and outstanding presentations, and extend our congratulations to the recipients of the following awards:


Best Oral Presentation2024 Awardee:  Jason Hallarn (PhD candidate)
Poster title: HIV testing among trangender and nonbinary individuals in Canada





Participant’s Choice Poster Award

Participant Choice Poster Award

2024 Awardees: Deepmala Rana Bhat (PhD candidate), Diya Patel (MSc candidate), and Anusha Nair (MSc candidate)
Poster title: Sex Difference in the Association between Sleep and Perceived Stress at Work among Adults in Canada





MPH Poster Award

MPh Poster Award2024 Awardees:  Shaliny Ollegasagrem, Husain Akbar, Xuelan Yang, Netri Kalra, Hannah Shulist
Poster title: The Support Groups for Low-Income Womem Experiencing Postpartum Depression




Undergraduate Poster Award

Undergraduate Poster Award 2024 Awardee:  Camryn Kabir-Bahk
Poster title: The Association Between Diabetes Control, Social Class, and Cognitive Function: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)




MSc Poster Award

2024 Awardee: Marie Lan
Poster title: Systematic Review of Economic Studies Evaluating the Impact of Hypertension Prevention and Modification on Dementia Burden

PhD Poster Award

PhD Poster Award2024 Awardee:  Yhesaem Park
Poster title: Cost-Effectiveness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV in US Prison Settings 




EpiBio Research Day 2023

On April 17th, we hosted our very first EpiBio Research Day, a significant milestone for our Department. The event, which ran from 12:15pm to 3pm, featured captivating poster presentations by both undergraduate and graduate students in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. We were honored to have Dr. Karen Campbell deliver an enlightening keynote speech.

It's worth mentioning that the opening remarks and keynote were relocated to PHFM 3015. Despite this change, the day proceeded smoothly, and the atmosphere was filled with excitement and scholarly engagement.

We extend our sincerest gratitude to all who participated and contributed to the success of our inaugural EpiBio Research Day. It was truly a memorable event that sets the stage for future gatherings.

See the photos from the event

2023 EpiBio Research Day Awards

2023-Awardees.pngRecognizing the hard work and excellent presentations of all participants, especially noteworthy as it's our first EpiBio Research Day, we congratulate the recipients of the following awards:

Judge's Award for Undergraduate

2023 Awardee:  Maggie Fong

Judge's Award for MSc

2023 Awardees: Gabrielle Alimorad, Sarah Abdunnabi

Judge's Award for PhD

2023 Awardee: Maitray A. Patel

People's Choice Undergraduate

2023 Awardees: Mariam Park, Cindy Wen, Jenny Zhang, Fatima Zulfiqar 

People's Choice MSc

2023 Awardee: Majd Radhaa

People's Choice PhD

2023 Awardee: David Piskin