Research Team

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Petros Pechlivanoglou, PhD, is a Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Institute and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. After studying economics in his native Greece, he received both a Master’s in econometrics and a PhD in health econometrics from the University of Groningen. His research interests include: the use of health decision analysis in economic evaluation; bridging evidence synthesis, administrative data and decision analysis; and the application and extension of predictive models in health economics. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and performing traditional Greek music and explaining to people how to pronounce his last name.

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Jill Furzer is a PhD Candidate in Health Economics at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. She holds a MA in Economics from the University of Toronto and a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta. As a Research Associate in Child Health Evaluative Sciences, she is currently developing multi-state simulation modelling tools for cost-effectiveness analysis of new Hematology-Oncology initiatives. Her dissertation centres on the intersection of mental health and education to assess diagnostic incentives and treatment efficacy of mental health disorders within school and thus outside of the traditional health care domain. In her spare time, Jill begrudgingly enjoys running and listening to a minimum of five podcasts a day.

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David Rios holds a Masters in Economics from McMaster University where he also completed his undergraduate studies in economics and political science. His research interests are primarily in health economics and reproducible research. Outside of work, he loves camping, trivia, and the Blue Jays. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Elizabeth Bond holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. She is currently working as Research Project coordinator in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children. Prior to moving to Toronto, she lived in Washington, DC and worked at MedStar Health Research Institute. During her graduate studies, she interned at Cochrane France. Aside from epidemiology and clinical research, she has experience in regulatory science, biostatistics, and protocol development. In her spare time, Liz enjoys baking and playing volleyball (albeit not as well as she used to). If anyone wants to give her a dog, she will take it.

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Dominika Bhatia is a fourth year PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is broadly interested in the field of cancer health services research. In her role at The Hospital for Sick Children, she is currently working on a project related to the health economics and policy of genetic testing strategies in paediatric oncology. In her spare time, Dominika has replaced her love of books with a more complicated relationship with Twitter.

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Anna Heath, PhD, is a Bio-statistician at The Hospital for Sick Children. She completed her PhD in Statistics at University College London in June 2018. She completed her undergraduate studies in Maths and French at the University of Sheffield in 2014. Thus far, Anna’s research has focused on estimating the value of collecting additional information through research. To calculate this, she has worked in a number of different areas including Bayesian decision analysis, health economic modelling, Bayesian computation methods and clinical trial design. She is currently working to apply these methodologies to clinical trial design in paediatrics. Outside of work, she is a keen amateur musician and ballroom dancer with a very British passion for cricket.

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Yanara Marks completed her Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and holds a certificate in Project Management. After her undergraduate degree, she spent two and a half years living in Southeast Africa, coordinating and supporting projects in the health sector, focused around HIV and AIDS. Her interests include research administration, particularly as it relates to children’s health, which she transfers to her current role as Administrative Assistant. A natural planner and organizer, Yanara supports the team’s research endeavours through calendar management, supporting grant applications, budget and financial management, assisting with recruitment activities, and conducting general administrative functions. She is passionate about travelling and experiencing different cultures.

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Grigorios Kagias studied Computer Science in his native Greece. In 2018, he moved to Toronto and a few months later, joined the team at The Hospital for Sick Children. Alongside his contribution at the Pechlivanoglou lab, Grigorios also works in mortgage financing. He is passionate about programming and working with data. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and watching basketball.

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Kimberly Caswell is a Clinical Research Project Assistant at The Hospital for Sick Children. Her educational background is in Biology and Clinical Research. She has studied bees and biomarkers and is presently supporting several cancer research projects. In her spare time, she tends to gravitate towards games involving lots of polyhedral dice.

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Alan Yang holds a Master of Science in Biostatistics and a Honours Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of Toronto. He is currently working as Clinical Research Project Assistant in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children, focusing on implementations of decision analysis in the R software and statistical applications for health economics. During his graduate studies, he worked at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he conducted statistical analyses on observational studies. Outside of work, he enjoys playing basketball, swimming and trying out different cuisines.

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Russanthy Velummailum obtained a Master of Science degree in Physiology at University of Toronto, followed by a Masters of Public Health degree, specializing in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Currently she is working on the economic evaluation of the use of molecular analysis in the treatment of Pediatric Low-Grade Glioma. Previously, she worked at the Centre for Global Child Health at SickKids on Monitoring and Evaluation projects in developing countries.

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Emmanuelle Arpin is a PhD Candidate in Health Economics at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation research focuses on health and family economics, specifically in the evaluation of family policies on child health and development. Her work with the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program at The Hospital for Sick Children focuses cost-effectiveness research relating to breastfeeding programs in the Canadian context.

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Adrian Rohit Dass is a Research Coordinator at the Canadian Centre for Health Economics. He is also a third year PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He holds a MA in economics from the University of Guelph. He is interested in the application of econometric methods to survey and administrative data from longitudinal studies. His primary area of research is applied micro-econometrics in the field of health economics.

Graduate Students

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Eline Krijkamp, M.Sc, has a paradoxical relationship with choice: she doesn’t like having to make choices, sometimes experiences too much choice, and yet, she is very enthusiastic about modelling choices in the field of medical decision making. Eline has a background in biomedical science and health economics, and is currently working on her Master’s of Epidemiology at Erasmus MC, in the Netherlands, where she is supervised by professor Myriam Hunink (Erasmus MC) and associate professor Petros Pechlivanoglou (University of Toronto and THETA). She is also on an educational innovation project at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences. In her spare time, Eline loves (healthy) food, traveling and sports. You can improve her quality of life by asking her to join sporting events and by preventing her from too much choice by sharing your best recipes, travel experiences, or giving her restaurant recommendations.

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Jaclyn Beca is a Health Economist and Manager of the Pharmacoeconomics Research Unit at Cancer Care Ontario, where she helps assess and interpret cost-effectiveness of new therapies. Her interests include economic evaluations, health services research, and real-world evidence in oncology, and in enhancing the role of pharmacoeconomic evidence in reimbursement decision-making. She is pursuing her PhD in Health Services Research at the University of Toronto. Outside of work, she is a huge Raptors fan.

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Alex Haines holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia and a Master’s Degree in Health Economics from the University of York in the UK. After completing his M.Sc. he worked in the United Kingdom for three and a half years leading health economic evaluations for several national guidelines produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Currently, Alex works at the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative (THETA) where he produces and advises on health economic evaluations to inform decision making. As of September 2019 he will be working towards his PhD at the University of Toronto in Health Technology Assessment under the supervision of Petros Pechlivanoglou.

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Frances Simbulan is a graduate student in the Health Services Research (Health Technology Assessment stream) program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at University of Toronto (UofT). She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science at UofT and her Master of Science in Biomedical Toxicology at University of Guelph. Prior to starting her HSR-HTA studies, she worked as a Research Project Coordinator in Genetics and Genome Biology at the SickKids Research Institute, where she was involved in preclinical development of an immunotherapy candidate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in collaboration with a clinical stage immuno-oncology company. Frances’ research interests include HTA methodologies, economic evaluation of paediatric oncology interventions and the use of genetic testing in paediatric settings. For her graduate research work, Frances seeks to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the MIPOGG (McGill Interactive Pediatric OncoGenetic Guidelines) genetic referral approach in paediatric patients at risk for cancer predisposition syndrome.