2013-14 CIHR-IHSPR Rising Star Award Recipients

Recognizing emerging health services and policy researchers

The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) is pleased to announce that Peter Gill, Pavel Roshanov and Jacob (Jay) Udell have received the 2013-14 CIHR-IHSPR Rising Star of the Year Award.

The Rising Star Award Review committee selected this year’s winners for their excellence in research and/or knowledge translation (KT), the innovation of their work and the potential impact of their work within the field of health services and policy research.

In addition to receiving an award of $1,000 and a certificate of excellence, Peter, Pavel and Jay were honoured at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference, held in Toronto in May 2014. They also participated in a Key Note Plenary Session at the conference; their presentations are available on CAHSPR's Website.

Peter Gill

MD/PhD Program, University of Alberta

Peter J. Gill (BMSc, MSc, DPhil) is a final year medical student in the MD/PhD Program at the University of Alberta and Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford.

He recently completed a DPhil in Primary Health Care at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. His doctoral thesis focused on developing evidence-based indicators to measure the quality of care provided for children in general practice. His research was supported by CIHR and Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions, along with grants from the Royal College of General Practitioners and the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.

In Oxford, Peter also completed an MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care, seeking to identify which children in primary care are at risk of influenza-related complications. Peter has over 35 peer-reviewed publications, including articles in the Lancet, BMJ and CMAJ, and is on the CMAJ Editorial Advisory Board.

To learn more about Dr. Gill’s research, please contact him at pjgill@ualberta.ca.

View the award-winning research and the CAHSPR 2014 presentation:

Gill PJ, Goldacre MJ, Mant D, Heneghan C, Thomson A, Seagroatt V, Harnden A. Increase in emergency admissions to hospital for children aged under 15 in England, 1999-2010: national database analysis. Arch Dis Child. 2013 May;98(5):328-34. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2012-302383. Epub 2013 Feb 11. Erratum in: Arch Dis Child. 2013 Aug;98(8):651.

Pavel Roshanov

PhD candidate, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University

Pavel Roshanov (MSc) is a medical student at Western University and PhD student in the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, where he is supervised by Dr. Amit Garg and Dr. Brian Haynes.

His research focuses on rigorous development of statistical models for predicting health outcomes after major surgery and integration of these models with clinical information systems to guide pre- and post-surgical decision-making.

His current methodological focus is on large randomized trials and observational studies conducted with routinely collected healthcare data, such as data from electronic health records and administrative databases.

To learn more about Pavel’s research, please contact him at roshanp@mcmaster.ca.

View the award-winning research and the CAHSPR 2014 presentation:

Roshanov PS, Fernandes N, Wilczynski JM, Hemens BJ, You JJ, Handler SM, Nieuwlaat R, Souza NM, Beyene J, Van Spall HCG, Garg AX, Haynes RB. Features of effective computerised clinical decision support systems: meta-regression of 162 randomised trials. BMJ. 2013 Feb 14;346.

Jacob (Jay) Udell

Post-doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Jay Udell (MD, MPH) is a cardiologist at Women’s College Hospital and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the University Health Network and a Clinician-Scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. His research is focused on:

  1. improving cardiovascular health services and
  2. testing innovative cardiovascular risk factor treatment strategies in randomized clinical trials

Dr. Udell graduated with an MD from the University of Toronto in 2003, a Masters in Public Health from Harvard in 2005, and completed Internal Medicine residency in 2007 at the University of British Columbia. He went on to complete a General Internal Medicine fellowship at University of Toronto in 2008 with a focus in Obstetrical Medicine, a Cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in 2010 and a Cardiology Clinical Trials research fellowship at the TIMI Study Group in 2012. Most recently he participated in a Clinical Epidemiology research fellowship at Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in 2012.

To learn more about Dr. Udell’s research, please contact him at jay.udell@utoronto.ca.

View the award-winning research and the CAHSPR 2014 presentation:

Udell JA, Zawi R, Bhatt DL, Keshtkar-Jahromi M, Gaughran F, Phrommintikul A, Ciszewski A, Vakili H, Hoffman EB, Farkouh ME, Cannon CP. Association between influenza vaccination and cardiovascular outcomes in high-risk patients: a meta-analysis. JAMA. 2013;310(16): 1711-1720.
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