Summer Student Research Day

Join us for Summer Student Research Day on Thursday, July 27 in the auditorium! After years of virtual presentations, this in-person event is back showcasing the incredible work of our summer students. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., catch brief four-minute highlights of their diverse research topics, including racial disparities in breast cancer, fertility care access and tools to support equity-focused patient engagement. There will be over 30 different presentations – come support our students and learn more about the impactful work happening at WCH!


9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  1. Cynthia Ji – Redefining DCIS: A Shift from Pre-Malignancy to Early-Stage Non-Invasive Breast Cancer
  2. Aghaghia Mokhber – The Association Between Circulating OPG & Bone Health in Women with a BRCA1 Mutation
  3. Simran Sandhu – Racial Disparities in Lobular Breast Cancer
  4. Ambereen-Rose Velji – Listening and Learning from Patients accessing the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic
  5. Joelle Li – Gender and potentially inappropriate medication prescribing in older adults: a scoping review
  6. Nishwara Tarannum – Staff Perspectives on Smoking Cessation Counselling in the Pre-admission Clinic: A pre-implementation needs assessment
  7. Michaela Pisani – Optimizing the Timing of the Surgical Safety Checklist “Sign-Out” to Account for Anesthetic Emergence
  8. Jordan (Jordie) Hausman – Access to Fertility Care for People Living with HIV and other Blood Borne Viral Infections
  9. Max Wilson – Consulting the Experts: Developing a Communication Tool for Women-Centered HIV Care
  10. Hannah Gray – Indigenous Evaluation

10:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

  1. Youssef El-Sayes – Understanding the prevalence and treatment patterns of diabetes among Ontario nursing home residents
  2. Rachel Lu & Nikhila (Nikki) Butani – Improving the Utility of Cardiac Imaging Surveillance Following Breast Cancer Chemotherapy
  3. Mackenzie Dryburgh – Determining the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease of BTK Inhibitors for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  4. Zoya Gomes – Evaluating the effect of ethnicity on dysglycemia and markers of type 2 diabetes risk in postpartum women with previous gestational diabetes mellitus
  5. Angel Gao – Sex-related differences in participation and trial outcomes in axial spondylarthritis randomized clinical trials: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis
  6. Jeannie Zhao – Cardio-Rheumatology Program: One Year Later
  7. Heather Zhao – International trends in topical actinic keratosis therapy utilization from 2011-2019.
  8. Inna Ushcatz – Investigating the association of atopic dermatitis disease burden and socio-demographic index with country-level topical calcineurin inhibitor utilization
  9. Gabrielle Gonsalves – Early Stages of Development of an E-Learning Curriculum on Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse (TGD) Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
  10. Mechaela Alfonso – Developing the New E-Learning Curriculum for Trans and Gender. Diverse (TGD) Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Care
  11. Fareeha Quayyum – Healthcare providers’ knowledge of and capacity to respond to domestic sex trafficking: a qualitative study of Ontario healthcare providers

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

  1. Salva Niwe – Engaging with Everyone Toolkit: Dissemination of Tools to Support Equity-Focused Patient Engagement
  2. Fawziyah Ibrahim – Advancing Prostate Cancer Equity: Empowering Black Men through Evidence-Based Tools
  3. Sumaya Mehelay – Smart Cities Urban Digital Health Equity Project
  4. Isabel Munoz Beaulieu – Building Bridges: Exploring What Community Engagement Means at WIHV
  5. Isabelle Choon-Kon-Yune – Compassion Without Borders: Re-imagining Virtual Care for Migrants and Refugees
  6. Dhara Chauhan – Reflections and Learnings on Patient Partnerships in Health Research- the CDHE/PAN Model

1:30 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

  1. Fei Mu – Creation of a patient advisory board
  2. Annie Kang – Patient-reported Outcomes of Scar Impact: a Comparison of Chest Masculinization Technique
  3. Brennan Snow – The Gender Affirming Surgery Policy Landscape across Canada: A Timeline.
  4. Carrie Lau – DEPART: Discharge evaluation and prevention of relapse with technology
  5. Sonia Persaud – Implementing the Community Access to Resourced & Resilient Psychoeducation (CARE) Training Program
  6. Neha Kasoju – Exploring Vaginoplasty: The Guide for Youth