We welcome two Investigators to our ranks – both of whom are already known and respected at PHRI, as they have been working alongside our scientists and their research teams for a while.
Sandra Orofi, a clinical fellow in perioperative medicine at McMaster University, and a PhD candidate in the Health Research Methodology program under the supervision of PHRI Senior Scientist, PJ Devereaux, is now an investigator in his perioperative and surgery research team. Her work to date at PHRI has included as project officer on the PVC-RAM. Her research interests are in perioperative care and cardiovascular disease prevention.
Sandra was in the third cohort of the World Heart Federation WHF Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders program, which focused on reducing the global burden of hypertension. Her background includes residency training in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria, where she was an Assistant Professor and Consultant Cardiologist in the School of Health Sciences and affiliated teaching hospital.
Sathish Thirunavukkarasu has worked with Salim Yusuf and the rest of the CVD Prevention research team at PHRI since April 2019; he continues to be an investigator on the PURE study. Sathish, who has received Hamilton Health Sciences’ New Investigator Fund, has research interests in risk factors associated with diabetes and CVD, (cost) effective strategies for prevention of these diseases, focused on low- and middle-income countries. He is also interested in implementation science and translation of evidence into clinical and public health practice. Sathish received his medical degree and Master’s in public health in India, PhD in diabetes epidemiology in Australia, post-doctoral training in diabetes research in Singapore, and at Imperial College London.
We are very fortunate at PHRI to draw the best and brightest lights in biomedical research from around the world. We can’t wait to see what all our early career researchers accomplish now and in the many years to come!