Clinical Trial Coordinator
Emily is a medical student at the University of Toronto, and graduated from McGill University with a BSc in Honours Neuroscience. During her undergraduate degree, she was involved in research investigating the biological correlates of anxiety and depression using electroencephalography, and developing an automated test battery for mouse models of schizophrenia. In addition, she has performed research investigating the influence of maternal immune activation during pregnancy as a risk factor for psychiatric disease using magnetic resonance imaging techniques in mice. She enjoys whimsical hashtags, communicating science, and learning from her wonderful colleagues.
As a Researcher for aifred’s Research team, Colleen is investigating predictors for antidepressant treatment response in major depressive disorder. She recently completed a BSc in Neuroscience at McGill University, during which she became involved in research ranging from auditory brain plasticity, to modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, to computational genetics, to social factors influencing the etiology of schizophrenia, with a particular interest in using computational tools to characterize alterations in neuroanatomy related to different disorders of the brain. In October 2017, Colleen will begin a PhD in Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Her research there will focus on exploring the neural basis of hallucinations in schizophrenia. Ultimately, her overarching goal is to translate research findings into clinical practice to make tangible improvements in patient care.
Christina, now an MSc candidate under the supervision of Dr. Cecilia Flores, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science Honours degree in Cognitive Science from McGill University. She completed two large research projects during that time, one with a focus in neurobiology and the other with a focus on the neural systems of addiction, as well as an exchange semester in Australia. She is immensely passionate about mental health and aspires to become an MD/PhD specializing neurology so as to provide evidence-based care to patients on a daily basis while also continuing to advance translational research.
Ellie is in her final year as an undergraduate in cognitive science with a minor in math at McGill University. She is hoping to pursue a PhD in neuroscience in the next couple years. As a part of the Aifred research team, she works on sifting through the scientific literature about predictors for treatment outcome in order to inform the machine learning program. She is also involved in a lab at the Montreal Neurological Institute investigating the dynamics of the Head Direction system in mice. Along with research, Ellie enjoys sharing her knowledge and excitement about learning through tutoring her peers.
Jingla is a recent graduate in Cognitive Science from McGill with a minor in Social Studies of Medicine. She currently works as a research assistant at the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience. Over the last few years she has developed a keen interest in work at the intersection of technology, neuroscience, and healthcare. As a member of the Aifred Health research team she continues to pursue this passion.
Myriam received her B.A. & Sc. in Honours Cognitive Science from McGill University. She is passionate about the neuroscience of mental health, and is pursuing that interest both in her work at Aifred and in her upcoming Ph.D. research, where she will be investigating predictors of response to anxiety treatments for geriatric populations.
Jérôme received his BSc in neuroscience from McGill University in 2017, where he focused his studies on the science of human behaviour and decision making. Now a medical student at McGill, Jérôme is interested in applying the insights of the decision sciences to improve healthcare quality improvement, safety, and health policy. He is also interested economics and innovation, which lead him to him joining the Aifred team in 2017.
Joseph is currently a graduate student studying data science at the University of Southern California, and recently completed a bachelor of science in cyber security. He is interested in building his skills in machine learning and artificial intelligence in order to apply those skills to predicting health outcomes and solving issues in healthcare delivery.
Sneha is MSc in Applied Computing student at the University of Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Honours Electrical Engineering and minored in Software Engineering. Her interests include applying machine learning to health and finance.
Tim received his bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from McGill University (2014-2017). Throughout his undergraduate studies, Tim got involved with diverse research groups, ranging from neurogenetics (Montreal Neurological Institute, Montréal, Canada) to global health (Aga-Khan University-Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya) to cognitive neuroscience (École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France). Tim is now completing a Master program in Philosophy of Science and Medicine at the University of Cambridge (2018-2019), focusing on the conceptual underpinnings of explanatory models in psychiatry and how the implementation of AI in mental health care will challenge these.
Marina (B.Sc.; McGill University) is a Neuroscience graduate student with the McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She has co-authored a number of publications investigating astrocyte and myelin integrity in postmortem brain tissue from suicide completers. As part of her graduate research, Marina is investigating neuroinflammation in suicide completers with a history of childhood abuse to better understand how cellular and molecular changes that occur in the brain as a result of severe childhood abuse affect depression and suicidal behaviour in adulthood. Ultimately, Marina finds truly empowering the possibility that through research we might be able to strip away the subjectivity and stigma associated with depression and suicide.