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Student Profiles

The ODPRN Student Training Program offers postsecondary students an opportunity to receive mentorship by a CAU member as they conduct drug policy research using the administrative databases housed at ICES. Our program provides students from across Ontario the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in ground-breaking research. In 2014-15 we are pleased to welcome the following students:

Sachin Pasricha

ODPRN Summer Student: June 1 2017 – August 31 2017

Sachin just completed his first year of medical school at Queen’s University. His research with the ODPRN focuses on the pain indications for which individuals are most commonly prescribed their first opioid. He is also hoping to investigate how pharmacists use Ontario’s opioid perscription monitoring program, also known as the Narcotics Monitoring System.

Justin Lee

ODPRN MSc Student: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017

Justin is a hospital pharmacist and specialist physician certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. He is pursuing a Masters of Science (MSc) specializing in clinical epidemiology and health services research in the McMaster Health Research Methodology program. With ODPRN, he will be investigating the optimization of prescribing quality (or appropriateness) for senior high cost healthcare users through prescribing evaluation and drug policy interventions.

Qi Guan

ODPRN MSc Student: September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2017

Qi holds a Bachelor’s of Medical Science (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario and has recently started her Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include drug policy and pharmacoepidemiology. For her MSc thesis, Qi will be studying opioid use (including methadone) among pregnant women in Ontario.

Graham Mazereeuw

ODPRN Summer Student: June 1 2016 – August 31 2016

Graham holds a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology and is now a medical student at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the efficacy and safety of drug therapies, as well as patient-level predictors of drug effects. With the ODPRN group, Graham is currently investigating the relationships between opioid use, depression, and suicide.

Aiden Liu

ODPRN MSc Student: September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016

Aiden has completed his first year MSc in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. His research primarily focuses on drug research methodology, pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety. Aiden’s thesis focuses on drug associations with adverse drug events, predominately thrombotic microangiopathy.

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