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Dr. Diane Lacaille
Diane Lacaille MD MHSc FRCPC
Diane Lacaille is a Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of British Columbia, and a senior scientist at Arthritis Research Canada, in Vancouver. She is affiliated with Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Center and she has a rheumatology practice in Richmond, BC. She holds the Mary Pack Chair in Arthritis Research from UBC and The Arthritis Society of Canada. She completed medical school and internal medicine training at Mc Gill University in Montreal, and her Rheumatology training and a Master’s in Health Sciences, clinical epidemiology, at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on two areas: 1) Studying the impact of arthritis on employment and preventing work disability. 2) Evaluating the quality of health care services received by people with RA, using a population-based cohort of RA for the province of BC. Her research has been supported by peer reviewed grants from the Canadian Institute for Health and Research, the Canadian Arthritis Network, The Arthritis Society of Canada and the Canadian Rheumatology Association. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 for her research contributions.
Dr. Deborah M Levy
I am a pediatric rheumatologist at SickKids Hospital, with a primary interest in childhood-onset SLE. I am utilizing administrative health databases in my research examining the long-term outcomes of childhood-onset SLE in a population-based cohort from Ontario. I am also interested in pediatric rheumatologic disease surveillance across Canada, and the long-term burden (throughout the lifespan) of chronic disease that has its onset in childhood.
Dr. Lisa Lix
Dr. Lisa Lix is Professor and Manitoba Research Chair and Director of Data Science within the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba. She was Centennial Chair in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan prior to this (2008 – 2012).
Dr. Lix’s areas of research expertise include health services research methods, statistical methods for evaluation of the quality of administrative health databases, the analysis of repeated measures and longitudinal data, and robust statistical methods for patient-reported outcomes. She collaborates widely on projects about population health and the association between chronic disease and quality of life. Dr. Lix has extensive experience working with administrative health databases from multiple provinces and this has provided her with unique insights into new methodological research opportunities. She is currently leading a three-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded project that will conduct comparative investigations of the quality of physician billing claims databases from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The excellence of Dr. Lix’s research program has been recognized through the following provincial and national awards: Manitoba Research Chair (2012 – 2017), University of Saskatchewan Centennial Chair (2008 – 2012), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Top New Socio-Health Investigator (2009), and CIHR New Investigator Award (2006 – 2011).