Who We Are

Director

  • Jillian Kohler
    – Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

Fellows

  • Zubin Austin
    – Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
  • Suzanne Cadarette (Executive Committee)
    – Associate Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
  • Erica DiRuggiero
    – Director, Office of Global Public Health Education & Training, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Lisa Forman
    – Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Marc-Andre Gagnon
    – Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
  • Paul Grootendorst (Executive Committee)
    – Associate Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
  • Trudo Lemmens
    – Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • Joel Lexchin (Executive Committee)
    – Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Anita McGahan
    – Professor, Rotman School of Medicine, Munk School of Global Affairs, and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Tim Mackey (Executive Committee)
    – Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health, University of California, San Diego
  • Kathy Moscou (Executive Committee)
    – Adjunct Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy and Research Affiliate, Brandon University
  • Nav Persaud
    – Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Toronto, ON
  • Alison Thompson
    – Associate Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

Technical Director

  • Deirdre Dimancesco
    Medicines Policy, Access and Rational Use
    Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products
    World Health Organization
    20 Ave Appia, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
    dimancescod@who.int
    +41 22 791 4560

Zubin Austin, Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

Awards:
February 2018:  Received the University of Toronto’s President’s Research Impact Award for research that has a significant impact on society and the community.

  • One of 7 recipients of this award, for my work related to integration of internationally educated health professionals in the Canadian workforce.  With this award, also appointed to the University of Toronto’s Presidents Research Impact Academy, to advise the President and Vice-Provost about research-related matters and to optimize community engagement with our researchers.

June 2017:  Received the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association award for Best Research Paper of 2016-2017.  The paper that was selected was titled “Trust in Interprofessional Collaboration” and reported results of a qualitative study examining community pharmacists and family physicians and their relationships.

Presentations:
May 2018:  Delivering keynote address to World Health Organization meeting on Regulation of the Health Professions in Geneva.  Topic is Right-Touch Regulation and its application to regulatory bodies.

April 2018:  Will be delivering keynote address to annual meeting of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario on topic of assessment of competency in the health professions.

March 2018:  Delivering keynote address to American Pharmacists’ Association annual meeting on topic of cultural competence in professional practice.

Publications:

Erica DiRuggiero, Director, Office of Global Public Health Education & Training, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Publications:

Lisa Forman, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Publications:

Marc-Andre Gagnon, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University

Publications:

Paul Grootendorst, Associate Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

Affiliations: 
2018 Member College of Reviewers, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Publications:

  • Jayasundara K, Krahn M, Mamdani M, Hoch JS, Grootendorst P. Differences in Incremental Cost-Effectiveness Ratios for Common Versus Rare Conditions: A Case from Oncology PharmacoEconomics Open 2017; 1(3):167-173. doi:10.1007/s41669-017-0022-7.
  • How Effective Is the Medicare Part D Drug Plan?
Jillian Kohler, Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

Publications:

Trudo Lemmens, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Publications:

Joel Lexchin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Affiliations: 
2018 Member College of Reviewers, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Publications:

Anita McGahan, Professor, Rotman School of Medicine, Munk School of Global Affairs, and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Awards and Grants: 
2018-2020  Connaught Global Challenges Grant, University of Toronto, “Big Data – Local Impact – Healthy Lives: Building a Canadian Indigenous and African Health Informatics Research and Innovation Platform,” Principal Investigator with Laura Derkson, $250,000

Publications:

  • “Scaling Up Strategies that Work: Business Expertise Helps Expand Primary Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries,” Kathryn Mossman, Onil Bhattacharyya, Anita McGahan and Will Mitchell, HBR.org (June, 2017) available at https://hbr.org/2017/06/expanding-the-reach-of-primary-care-in-developing-countries
  • “Criteria to assess potential reverse innovations:  Opportunities for shared learning between high and low income countries,” Onil Bhattacharyya, Diane Wu, Kathryn Mossman, Leigh Hayden, Pavanpreet Gill, Yu-Ling Cheng, Abdallah Daar, Dilip Soman, Christina Synowiec, Andrew D. Taylor, Joseph Wong, Max von Zedtwitz, Stanley Zlotkin, William Mitchell, and Anita McGahan, Globalization and Health (2017), 13:4, DOI: 10.1186/s12992-016-0225-1, January 25, available at https://goo.gl/lat5qc
  • “Assessing health program performance in low- and middle-income countries: building a feasible, credible, and comprehensive framework”. Onil Bhattacharyya, Kathryn Mossman, John Ginther, Leigh Hayden, Raman Sohal, Jieun Cha, Ameya Bopardikar, John A. MacDonald, Himanshu Parikh, Ilan Shahin, Anita McGahan and Will Mitchell.
    Globalization and Health. 2015. 11:51
  • “Trans-National Scale-Up of Services in Global Health”. Ilan Shahin, Raman Sohal, John Ginther, Leigh Hayden, John A. MacDonald, Kathryn Mossman, Himanshu Parikh, Anita McGahan, Will Mitchell, Onil Bhattacharyya. Published: November 6, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0110465
  • “Investments in Pharmaceuticals Before and After TRIPS”. Margaret K. Kyle and Anita M. McGahan. Review of Economics and Statistics. Volume 94 | Issue 4 | November 2012. p.1157-1172. https://doi.org/10.1162/REST_a_00214
  • Additional publication list (PDF)
Tim Mackey, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health, University of California, San Diego

Presentations: 
2017–present: IEEE Standards Association, Co-Chair Supply Chain/Clinical Trials Technology Implementation Industry Connections Program

Publications:

  • Mackey TK, Kalyanam J, Katsuki T, Lanckriet G. Twitter-Based Detection of Illegal Online Sale of Prescription Opioid. Am J. Pub Health. 2017;107:1910-1915.
  • Kalyanam J, Mackey TK. A Review of Digital Surveillance Methods and Approaches to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse. Curr Addict Rep. 2017; in press.
  • Mackey TK, Kohler J, Lewis M, Vian T. Combating Corruption in Global Health. Sci Trans Med. 2017;9(402):eaaf9547.
  • Annaloro J, Mackey TK. Policy Implications and Paths Forward for Post-Brexit Biotech. Nature Biotech. 2017;35:710-711.
  • Tringale K, Marshall D, Mackey TK, Connor M, Murphy J, Hattangadi-Gluth J. Types and Distribution of Payments from Industry to Physicians in 2015. JAMA. 2017;317(17):1774-1784
  • Mackey TK, Nayyar G. A Review of Existing and Emerging Digital Technologies to Combat the Global Fake Medicines Trade. Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2017;16(5):587-602.
  • Cuomo RE, Seidman RL, Mackey TK. Country and Regional Variations in Purchase Price for Essential Cancer Medications. BMC Cancer. 2017; 17:566.
  • Tim K. Mackey, Gaurvika Nayyar. Digital danger: a review of the global public health, patient safety and cybersecurity threats posed by illicit online pharmacies. British Medical Bulletin, Volume 118, Issue 1, 1 June 2016, Pages 110–126
  • Janani Kalyanama, Takeo Katsuki, Gert R.G. Lanckriet, Tim K.Mackey. Exploring trends of nonmedical use of prescription drugs and polydrug abuse in the Twittersphere using unsupervised machine learning. Addictive Behaviors. Volume 65, February 2017, Pages 289-295
  • Addional publication list (PDF)

2017 Media Activity:
Published article on STAT News First Opinion on WHO report and progress made towards combating fake medicines: https://www.statnews.com/2017/12/01/fake-medicines-who-surveillance/

2017 Research Coverage:  
Media coverage of published research on using machine learning to detect illegal sales of opioids online in American Journal of Public Health.   News Articles in Scientific American (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ai-scans-twitter-for-signs-of…);  Salon (https://www.salon.com/2017/11/11/ai-scans-twitter-for-signs-of-opioid-abuse_partner/);

2017 Research Coverage:
Interview and radio news coverage on published research on global health corruption on BBC World Service Health Check segment: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05b9q72;

2017 Media Activity:
Interview about views on block-chain technology and pharmaceutical supply chain in online and print version of Pharmaceutical Technology: http://www.pharmtech.com/node/339106

Kathy Moscou, Adjunct Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy and Research Affiliate, Brandon University

Presentations:

  • Globalmed 2018 “Regulation, Markets, Health” Symposium in BENIN, March 25-29th.
    “Pharmacogovernance in Kenya”. I am a panelist in the session, Leadership pharmaceutical systems. A conference paper, by the same title, has also been submitted.
Nav Persaud, Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Toronto, ON

Publications:

  • CLEAN Meds (Carefully seLected and Easily Accessible at No charge Medications)