Clinical Research Specialist, Member of the REDI Task Force
Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC)
Chris Allen is a Clinical Research Specialist in the Observational Epidemiology Unit at the Applied Health Research Centre. He is interested in frameworks that facilitate equity, inclusion and diversity for both research staff and research participants. He aims to ensure that research decision-making incorporates voices from disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.
Galo F. Ginocchio
Research & Quality Improvement Coordinator, Member of the REDI Task Force Department of Emergency Medicine
Galo F. Ginocchio is a clinical research professional at St. Michael’s Hospital, a graduate student at University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and a health equity activist. While his research interests include cognitive neuroscience, sex & gender differences, and harm reduction, he is also passionate about economic justice, LGBTQ+ health, and creating a healthcare system that works for everyone.
Project Manager, Member of the REDI Task Force
Office of the Vice President Research & Innovation
Mahfam (she/her) has a keen interest in EDI and higher education policy development and administration. Her work is focused on understanding the barriers that scholars, trainees and research administrators from underrepresented groups face in the Canadian post-secondary sector and mobilizing knowledge, perspectives and experiences to empower them to achieve their full potential.
Investigator, Member of the REDI Task Force
Applied Health Research Centre
Graduate Trainee, Member of the REDI Task Force
Genomics Health Services Research Group
Suvetha Krishnapillai is a Master of Science candidate at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation of the University of Toronto focusing on health technology assessment in genomics health services. She is interested in equity work surrounding research practices and digital health technology.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Member of the REDI Task Force
MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions
Dr. Cilia Mejia-Lancheros is a mixed ethno-racial health scientist born and trained outside Canada, with lived experiences of socio-economic inequalities, discrimination and exclusion. Cilia brings the barriers that she has faced as a woman, professional, and scientist to the REDI Task Force to inform improvements in diversity, inclusion and equity at individual and structural level in our research institute and beyond. She thinks all population groups and individuals should receive support and resources, and their rights, voices and capabilities enhanced and empowered so that they can thrive and actively contribute to build up more equitable, healthy and sustainable society.
Director, Anti-Racism, Equity & Social Accountability, Ex Officio Member of the REDI Task Force
Investigator, Member of the REDI Task Force Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC)
Dr. Cheryl Pritlove is an Investigator at the Applied Health Research Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital. As a feminist political economist and health equity researcher, she takes a critical social scientific view of the vast, diverse, and intersecting factors that contribute to inequities in academic medicine and in the delivery of healthcare. She is committed to locating multi-level solutions to promote greater equity, diversity and inclusion in these contexts and beyond.
José Miguel Rodríguez García Research Coordinator, Member of the REDI Task Force International Centre for Surgical Safety (ICSS)
Contributing to society has always been part of Jose’s passion, which began with teaching, continued into healthcare delivery, and now focuses on improving surgical safety. As a member of the REDI Task Force, he aims to put his experiences, both professional and personal, to the service of a greater goal.
Jordan Sam Research Coordinator, Member of the REDI Task Force Genomics Health Services and Policy Research Program
Jordan Sam is a Research Coordinator in the Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. His interests lie in clinical genomics research to guide policy and best practices, as well as promoting equity, inclusivity, and diversity in research.
Senior Director, Strategy & Commercialization, Co-Chair of the REDI Task Force
Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation
Samar Saneinejad is the Senior Director of Strategy & Commercialization at Unity Health Toronto. She is an Iranian-Canadian, a life-long learner and a firm believer that with diversity comes tremendous strength; she is passionate about advancing equity and inclusivity across all areas of our research institute. She is Co-Chair of the REDI Task Force and a member of the Unity Health Toronto Council on Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Accountability (CARESA) and the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) EDI Working Group.
Research Assistant, Member of the REDI Task Force Knowledge Translation Program, Knowledge Synthesis Team
Shazia Siddiqui is a research assistant at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. The REDI Task force is an initiative that aligns closely with her values of promoting inclusiveness, recognition and fairness in the employment selection process. Having experienced systemic racism as a South Asian woman, raising awareness and promoting wellness are of utmost importance to her.
Research Coordinator, Member of the REDI Task Force MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions
Liane Steiner is a research assistant in MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital. She holds a Master of Health Studies degree and helps conduct research related to health equity and the social determinants of health.
Research Coordinator, Member of the REDI Task Force Knowledge Translation Program
As someone who has experienced the inequities of the healthcare system firsthand, Mehwesh has always strived to help others gain more equitable access to healthcare, jobs and research opportunities. Being a member of the REDI Task Force will enable her to use her own experiences and privilege to help her colleagues, other staff members, physicians and learners at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Scientist, Member of the REDI Task Force Knowledge Translation Program
Dr. Andrea Tricco is a Scientist and Director of the Knowledge Synthesis Team in the Knowledge Translation Program of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health & Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Synthesis.
Graduate Trainee, Member of the REDI Task Force Injury Prevention Research, Department of Neurosurgery
Madison is the Vice Chair of the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Student Association (SRSA), previously serving as the Director of Equity. One of her main goals within SRSA is to bring EDI training, education, and awareness to graduate students that relates not only to research but also to their experiences inside and outside of academia.