2021 Webinar Series

Diversifying Your Research

The CDTRP is pleased to announce its annual Webinar Series with the overarching theme “Diversifying Your Research“. Topics were selected by CDTRP Trainees during the 7th Annual Scientific Meeting and count on various aspects of methodology and delivery of research.
We thank Novartis Canada and Aequus Pharmaceuticals for their support for the 2021 Webinar Series.

See the invited speaker bios and topics below for more information.
Dr. Rhiannon Reed, Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Alabama Comprehensive Transplant Institute

I am an epidemiologist/outcomes researcher by training and have been working in transplant health services research at UAB under the mentorship of Dr. Jayme Locke since 2013. I completed my Doctor of Public Health in April 2019 and joined the UAB Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor in July 2019. My research focuses on outcomes of transplant caregivers, living kidney donors, and increasing access to living donation.  My primary interests include mixed methods and intervention development, specifically regarding education efforts to increase organ donation awareness and interventions to reduce caregiver burden.

Ms. Alexis Carter, MPH, Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Alabama Comprehensive Transplant Institute

I am an outcomes researcher and have been working in transplant health services research at UAB under the mentorship of Dr. Jayme Locke since 2018. I completed my Masters of Public Health in December 2020. Currently, my research focuses on promoting educational awareness of kidney transplantation and exploring methods to increase living donation. My major research interests include mixed methods specifically regarding access to care and health disparities among rural, minority, and underserviced populations.


Dr. Charles Weijer, CmdSc, MsC, PhD – Bioethics, Research Ethics

Charles Weijer is the leading expert on the ethics of randomized controlled trials. Publications on the duty of care in clinical research, the ethical analysis of study benefits and harms, and empowering communities in research have been broadly influential.
Charles held the Canada Research Chair in Bioethics from 2005 to 2019. In 2008, Charles worked with philanthropist Dr. Joseph Rotman to found the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, which is dedicated to fostering collaboration between the humanities and the sciences and served as the Institute’s first director. In 2014, he received Western’s Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, and, in 2016, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada.


Dr. Olena Hankivsky, PhD

Dr. Olena Hankivsky (Professor) B.A. (Toronto), M.A. PhD (Western Ontario) specializes in public policy and political theory and has a particular interest in gender, intersectionality, and social and health policy.

Dr. Hankivsky is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Gender and Health Research Chair and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar. She is the editor of Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices (2011, UBC Press), and co-editor of Women’s Health in Canada: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Policy (2007, University of Toronto Press) and Gender, Politics and the State in Ukraine (University of Toronto Press). She is also the author of Social Policy and the Ethic of Care (2004, University of British Columbia Press) and co-author of The Dome of Silence: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport (2000, Fernwood & Zed Publications). Dr. Hankivsky’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of Health and Social Policy, Critical Social Policy, International Journal of Health Services, Canadian Public Policy, International Journal for Equity and Health, and Social Science and Medicine (for which she is co-editor of a Special Issue on Gender and Health, forthcoming 2021).


Cynthia Isenor, Health Services Director for Critical Care, Nova Scotia Health

Cynthia Isenor is the Health Services Director for Critical Care Services and Legacy of Life at Nova Scotia Health. Prior to moving home, Cynthia worked in Ontario as a registered nurse; beginning her critical care career in Kingston General Hospital and moving on to St. Michael’s Hospital. Since 2005, she has developed her career in deceased donation and was an integral member on a number of different pivotal projects within Ontario’s Trillium Gift of Life Network. Currently, Cynthia provides strategic oversight and acts as the operations leader for the tertiary/quaternary group of critical care units in the Halifax Region and the provincial organ donation program.

Jade Dirk, LEADDR Project Manager, Nova Scotia Health

Jade Dirk is a Project Manager with the Nova Scotia Health Research & Innovation and is currently managing the Legislative Evaluation: Assessment of Deceased Donation Reform (LEADDR) Program to evaluate the implementation of the Nova Scotia Health System Transformation in deceased donation. Before moving to Nova Scotia in 2018, she was at ICES Kidney, Dialysis, and Transplantation Research Program. In that role, Jade was an integral member in securing over $12 million dollars in funding for various medical research projects and initiatives, and coordinated over 30 projects resulting in 18 publications.


Dr. Lisa Mellon

Dr. Lisa Mellon is a health psychologist, and has been a lecturer in The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) since 2014. She has held postdoctoral research positions on projects assessing the quality of care for smoking cessation services in Irish hospitals, and with the ASPIRE-S Study (Action on Secondary Prevention Interventions and Rehabilitation in Stroke). Lisa has a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology, both from NUI, Galway. Prior to commencing her PhD on the HRB PhD Scholars Programme in Health Services Research in RCSI, she worked in frontline hospital departments, and in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Monash University, Melbourne. She is currently a HRB Cochrane Fellow for a Cochrane Review entitled ‘Interventions for improving medication adherence in solid organ transplant recipients’.