Zafar is a PhD student in Health economics and a research associate in the collaboration for outcome research and evaluation centre at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has a M.Sc. in Mathematics from University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in Electrical engineering from Tehran Polytechnic University. He is enjoying applying the stochastic mathematical and statistical concepts to model the existing dynamical systems in health-care. He also dedicates some of his academic life time to the world of data science and data analysis. Outside of academia he enjoys listening and playing music and hanging out with friends.
Solmaz Ehteshami Afshar
Solmaz is a master student in experimental medicine at the University of British Columbia since September 2014. She got her MD in January 2014 from shahid Beheshti University of medical sciences in Tehran, Iran. She has experiences in medical research with main focus on internal medicine. She has several published original articles and reviews. She also enjoys playing tennis, reading books and literature.
After graduating from university (SFU BSc 1984), Ms. Rousseau began employment in the private sector with a focus on environmental toxicology. At UBC since 1986, she has held many research assistant and research coordinating positions for studies ranging from the occupational lung health of sawmill, ferry, grain elevator and radiology workers to her current research involving patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. The Economic Burden of Asthma in Canada (EBA) and the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Biomarker studies are two recent projects highlighting the success of Ms. Rousseau’s involvement with large study cohorts and multi institutional engagement. Located at the Lung Health Centre at Vancouver General Hospital, Ms. Rousseau’s current research focus on respiratory health compliments her other roles as a stake holder of the Asthma Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) of 2014 and a contributing member of the UBC Respiratory Evaluation Sciences team.
Iraj is currently manager of Health Literacy, Chronic Lung and Smoking Cessation research in Respiratory Division of Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Iraj has more than 20 years of experience in faculty grant development, research administration and technical writing at Iran, the USA, and Canadian universities. Additionally, he has over 10 years of experience as an independent grant writer in Canada. Widely recognized for his expertise in health literacy, health promotion, and ethnicity/culture research areas, he has made over 100 presentations at regional, national and international meetings and published many article as first author. Iraj is a member of the Canadian Expert Panel on Health Literacy and WHO Early Childhood Development Knowledge Hub and is president of Canadian Multicultural Health Promotion Society, which also honored his with its Excellence Award. He has written many successful grants for these organizations and reviewed grants for different departments within university of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. The overarching theme of Iraj’s research is addressing health disparities in vulnerable populations, with a special focus on multicultural and gender issues. Iraj has conducted research in Canada and internationally, where each informs the other. His aim is to apply international and local experiences to health issues in Canada. Iraj’s intention is to deepen his understanding of the socio-cultural and environmental determinants of health and how these are affected by traditional and behavioural forces, stimulate consideration of effective interventions and policies to support health improvements for vulnerable and at-risk populations, and then apply the insights gained in appropriately designed studies in Canada and abroad. The ultimate goal of his research in BC is to develop interventions to improve access to proper and quality care, especially with respect to the influence of culture and gender on health and health practice, which are considered to be key non-medical determinants of health, particularly for women and elderly. Applying tools that assess British Columbians’ health through participatory research with different ethnic community groups has formed the backbone of Iraj’s study, with a symbiotic relationship among national, international and local research programs.