The CIP Trainees

CIP Trainees 2021-2022

 

 

Dr. Ana Nikolic

Dr. Ana Nikolic

Dr. Nikolic received her B.Arts Sc. (Honours) from McMaster University and her medical degree from the University of Toronto. She is currently a Neuropathology resident at the University of Calgary.

 Dr. Nikolic is pursuing her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology under the supervision of Dr. Marco Gallo and Dr. Sam Weiss. Her research focuses on the glioblastoma, the most common malignant adult brain tumour. Even with the best treatments available, the median survival rate remains little over a year. Dr. Nikolic hopes to better understand the cells responsible for tumour recurrence and drug resistance, cancer stem cells, by examining the role of DNA-binding proteins known as variant histones in the maintenance of glioblastoma stem cells.

Dr. Tyrone Harrison

Dr. Tyrone Harrison

Dr. Harrison completed his medical degree from the University of Calgary, followed by residency training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is pursuing his PhD in Health Services within the Department of Community Health Sciences with supervisor Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn.

His research is focused on understanding and improving the perioperative management of patients with end-stage kidney disease. This will involve development of risk prediction models, and quality improvement based care pathways to identify and reduce the risk of this population as they encounter various surgical procedures.

Dr. Ali Fatehi Hassanabad

Dr. Ali Fatehi Hassanabad

Dr. Fatehi is a cardiac surgery resident, currently pursuing his doctoral studies in Dr Paul Fedak's basic and translational sciences laboratory. Having completed his undergraduate degree in math and physics at the University of Prince Edward Island, Ali carried out his Master's of Science studies at the University of Toronto, where he investigated the role of statins as anticancer therapeutics in lung cancer. Subsequently, he finished his medical degree at the University of Toronto, where his interest in Cardiac Surgery was reignited.

Ali is very proud to have moved to Calgary for his residency training in cardiac surgery: he is able to learn from a group of excellent surgeons and mentors, and is afforded the opportunity to conduct exciting research under Dr Fedak's tutelage. For his PhD studies, Ali is interested in identifying and characterizing key substances that could aid in preventing post surgical scarring. His future goal is to become an adept cardiac surgeon-scientist.

Dr. Andrea Devrome

Dr. Andrea Devrome

Dr. Andrea Devrome obtained a BSc in Health and Exercise Physiology, a PhD in Muscle Physiology and Biomechanics followed by her medical degree at the University of Calgary. She is currently a vascular surgery resident at the University of Calgary.

 Dr. Devrome is pursuing post-doctoral research under the supervision of Drs. Matt James, Todd Anderson and  Randy Moore. Her research is examining the role of post-operative supervised exercise rehabilitation in patients who have been treated for severe atherosclerosis in the arteries of their legs. Her goal is to help improve the post-operative course of patients by assisting with functional longevity and improved quality of life outcomes.

Dr. Melanie Finkbeiner

Dr. Melanie Finkbeiner

Dr. Finkbeiner received a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia and obtained her medical degree at the University of Toronto. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and is completing subspecialty training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Finkbeiner is pursuing a MSc in Immunology under the supervision of Dr. Doug Mahoney and Dr. Paul Beaudry. She is studying pediatric solid tumors, specifically neuroblastoma and sarcomas. Despite aggressive therapies, outcomes remain poor in the setting of metastatic or relapsed/refractory disease. Her research is focused on combining two exciting therapies designed to induce or enhance an immune response, CAR T cell therapy and oncolytic viruses.

Dr.  Vishnu Vasanthan

Dr. Vishnu Vasanthan

Dr. Vasanthan obtained his BSc and medical degrees from the University of Alberta. He is currently a Cardiac Surgery resident  at the UofC and is pursuing his doctoral studies in Dr. Paul Fedak's lab.
 
His research examines the pathways involved in the remodeling of heart tissue after a heart attack. With this unhealthy remodeling, cardiac muscle is replaced with fibrotic scar tissue and the patient's heart progressively loses its ability to pump. By isolating different mechanisms he hopes to help define therapeutic targets on which therapies can be focused to improve heart function after a heart attack. Patients with end-stage cardiac disease require surgery to restore blood blow to ischemic heart muscle; and ECM (extracellular matrix) biomaterial will serve as a patch that can be sewn onto injured heart muscle and promote healthy remodeling to maintain heart function. He hopes the research will add to the growing body of knowledge regarding developing therapies for heart failure, and provide surgeons with options to optimize their ability to restore proper heart function to their patients.

Dr. Jaylynn Arcand

Dr. Jaylynn Arcand

Dr. Arcand obtained her 3-year BA in Psychology, Medical Degree and Certificate in Global Health from the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently a Psychiatry resident at the University of Calgary. Dr. Arcand is pursuing a MSc in Community Health Sciences with a specialization in Health Services Research under the supervision of Drs. Glen Hazlewood and Zahinoor Ismail.

Dr. Arcand’s research interest is in using patient-oriented research to improve the care provided to patients with a Functional Somatic Disorder (FSD). Dr. Arcand’s thesis research aims to understand how the way physicians talk about FSD’s is experienced by patients and how these experiences alter the patient-physician relationship. Understanding the patient-physician relationship, from the patient’s point of view, is the required first step to direct future healthcare improvement initiatives toward addressing barriers to care which are directly identified by patients with an FSD. Dr. Arcand plans to develop this understanding by first by bringing together all the current research in the area in a review, which will highlight both what is known and unknown about the topic, and then exploring the currently unknown areas through one-on-one interviews with individuals who live with a Functional Somatic Disorder.

Dr. Matt Eagles

Dr. Matt Eagles

Dr. Eagles obtained his BA in Economics from St. Thomas University and his medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is currently a Neurosurgery resident at the University of Calgary. Dr. Eagles is pursuing a MSc in Community Health Sciences specializing in Health Economics under the supervision of Drs. Eldon Spackman and Reed Beall.

With an aging population in Canada, there may be a greater need for efficient and equitable stroke care in the coming years. The preferred therapy, mechanical thrombectomy, is an expensive intervention that is only accessible at specialized stroke centers. Dr. Eagles research will assess the geographic and socioeconomic variation in this treatment over the past decade and assess whether the opportunity cost is disproportionately placed on the socioeconomically disadvantaged.   

Dr. Laura Morrison

Dr. Laura Morrison (CIP Chief 2021-2022)

Dr. Morrison obtained her BHSc and her medical degree from McMaster University. She is currently a resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Calgary. Dr. Morrison is pursuing her Master’s through the Department of Community Health Sciences under the supervision of Drs. Prism Schneider and Elizabeth Oddone-Paolucci.

The University of Calgary Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Research Group is a novel method to deliver education related to research using a team-based approach during dedicated academic time. Dr. Morrison’s research aims to assess the feasibility and impact of this program since its inception. The results will be used to develop specific objectives for research training in Orthopaedic Surgery Residency.

Dr. Jaclyn Strauss

Dr. Jaclyn Strauss

Dr. Strauss completed her BSc and MD at the University of Calgary and received a PhD in Microbial, Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Guelph. She completed her medical residency training in Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and is completing subspecialty training in Paediatric GI here in Calgary.

Dr. Strauss is pursuing her MSc in Clinical Epidemiology under the supervision of Drs. Jennifer deBruyn and Maitreyi Raman. She is studying the causes of anemia in children with intestinal failure (IF), a devastating condition characterized by the inability of the intestinal tract to absorb adequate nutrients and water to sustain normal growth, development and health. Chronic anemia is a frequent complication and is associated with negative long-term developmental outcomes. s Dr. Strauss’s study will determine the prevalence of anemia and associated micronutrient deficiencies in children with IF. The results will enable clinicians to improve surveillance and management, ultimately resulting in improved care and outcomes for children with IF.

Dr. Holly Lee

Dr. Cody Dunne

Dr. Cody Dunne

Dr. Maria Powell