Learn About Our Current Students

The ODPRN Student Training Program aims to engage with students to develop capacity in drug policy research in Ontario. Our program provides students from across Ontario the opportunity to access online training, webinars and networking with scientific academic researchers and ministry representatives. In 2018, we are pleased to welcome the following students:


Harsukh Benipal

Harsukh is a 1st year MSc student in the Health Research Methodology Program at McMaster University. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) from McMaster University with an Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement. She is completing a thesis-based Masters under the supervision of Dr. Anne Holbrook. Her research interests include evidence-based therapeutics and observational study designs, and her current work focuses on identifying predictors of oral anticoagulant-related safety outcomes among elderly patients during the high-risk post discharge period.


Araba Chintoh

Araba is a resident in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She has a long-standing interest in research, completing a PhD at the Institute of Medical Sciences before attending medical school. Her research focuses on medication-related issues in the schizophrenia population.


Michael Fralick

Michael is a PhD student in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto and a Research Fellow in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He completed his Master’s of Science in clinical epidemiology at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. Prior to that he completed his Doctor of Medicine and residency training at the University of Toronto. He is also completing the Clinician Scientist Training Program at the University of Toronto and works as a general internist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario.


Qi Guan

Qi is a PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Qi completed her Bachelor’s of Medical Science (Honors) at Western University and her Master’s of Science at the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Qi’s research interests lie in opioid use and pharmacoepidemiology, and her current work focuses on the risks associated with new initiations of opioid therapy.


Carina Iskander

Carina holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree from the University of Western Ontario and has started her Master’s in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include pharmacoepidemiology and administrative data. For her MSc thesis, Carina will be studying SGLT2 inhibitor use and adverse renal events among patients in Ontario.


Alanna McEneny-King

Alanna is in the third year of her PhD at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. Her research focuses primarily on the use of pharmacokinetics to improve safety and efficacy in hemophilia treatment, including the development of population pharmacokinetic models for dose individualization.


Flory Tsobo Muanda

Flory is a Postdoctoral research associate at ICES Kidney, Dialysis & Transplantation Program. Prior to that he completed his MSc and PhD at the University of Montreal. He is also a physician trained in RD Congo. His research interests are pharmacoepidemiology, methods in bio-statistics, meta-analysis and network meta-analysis. His current work focuses on drug safety in patients having low kidney function.


Mei Wang

Mei has been a surgeon for about 14 years before emigrating from China. In 2016, she got her Master’s degree in Health Research Methodology (HRM) from McMaster University. She is now a first year PhD student in the HRM program. Her research interest is oral anticoagulant management.

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