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|Ross Upshur (Principal Investigator/Team Leader)
is the Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research. He was a member of the WHO global consultation on ethics and pandemic preparedness serving as chair of the working group on Health Worker Obligations. He was the lead author of the widely-cited Joint Centre for Bioethics report “Stand On Guard For Thee: Ethical Considerations in Preparedness Planning for Pandemic Influenza.” Dr. Upshur is an experienced principal investigator in mixed methodology and interdisciplinary research embracing conceptual, quantitative, and qualitative modalities. He has extensively mentored graduate students in philosophy, social sciences, public health, and primary care.
Tiffany Jay (End-user and Thematic Co-Leader: Risk Communication)
is Acting Director of the Emergency Management Unit in the Public Health Division of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care where she previously served as Manager of Emergency Management and Planning Operation. She is former Manager of Privacy and Emergency Preparedness at the University Health Network (UHN). In the role of privacy manager at UHN, she served on the Ontario Hospital Association working group for the “Physician Privacy Toolkit.” She holds certification from the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and serves on the Board of Directors of the Actors Repertory Company, a not-for-profit artistic-driven organization of actors based out of Toronto.
Kumanan Wilson (Thematic Co-Leader: Risk Communication)
holds the Canada Research Chair in public health policy at the University of Ottawa. He is a specialist in General Internal Medicine. He is also a research associate at the Institute of Inter-Governmental Relations at Queen’s University. His research has primarily focused on policy making and health protection. His work has included analyses of blood safety, immunization policy, and pandemic preparedness. Dr. Wilson brings links to immunization researchers and pharmaceutical companies through his membership on the Canadian Association for Immunization Research and Evaluation (CAIRE) which he will use to engage these communities in the CanPREP program.
Sioban Nelson (Thematic Leader: Duty to Care)
is Dean and Professor of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She is an internationally-known nurse researcher whose scholarship spans history, ethics, and policy research. She has written extensively on the organisation of nursing work, role development, nursing regulation and competency assessment, and team-based care. Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in training graduate students and in program and policy development.
Douglas Martin (Thematic Leader: Priority Setting)
is Associate Professor in the Dept of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation and at the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto. He is an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Career Scientist. He is Chair of the International Society for Priorities in Health Care and Leader of the Canadian Priority Setting Research Network and Global Priority Setting Research Network. He teaches in the graduate bioethics program and undergraduate medical program at the University of Toronto. Dr. Martin has significant experience in interdisciplinary research methods applied to problems in health care and has published extensively in health policy, bioethics, and general medicine.