Research Trainees


Training Program: PhD in Public Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

Hayford was born in Ghana where he completed his BSc. (Honors) degree in Nutrition and Food Science and his MSc. Dietetics from the University of Ghana, Legon.  Hayford is currently a PhD Student with the School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

He is interested in research that focuses on diet and lifestyle in primary care and management of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

Prior to beginning his PhD at the University of Alberta, Hayford worked with the Department of Nutrition and Food Science (University of Ghana) on the United Nations World Food Program maternal and child nutrition and school-feeding programs in Northern Ghana.  He later worked as a dietician with the Ghana Health Service.  He also served as the Administrative Officer of the African Nutrition Society (2010-2012) and the President of the Ghana Dietetic Association (2011-2012).

Hayford looks forward to learning from the lovely people within the ACHORD Group, contributing to ongoing work and develop core skills in health methodology and community-based health promotion interventions which are applicable to a wide range of populations.

Chris Chen

Training Program: MSc in Clinical Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Christopher graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc. in Pharmacy in 2014. During his undergraduate years, Chris has gained research experience in cardiac pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and pharmacy practice. However, it is Chris' interest in translational research, enthusiasm towards research methodology and a desire to obtain a high quality of research training that attracted him to ACHORD. While at ACHORD, Chris hopes to further elucidate the connection between cancer, diabetes and hypoglycemic therapy.

Chris is also a pharmacist for Rexall, loves to play soccer and wagers that his beloved Dallas Stars will compete in the Stanley Cup Finals before he graduates.


Training Program: MSc in Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

I'm Ben Dubois, a current M.Sc. Epidemiology student working with Dr. Dean Eurich. Originally from Red Deer, I migrated further north to Edmonton in 2011 to begin my degree at the U of A. I completed my B.Sc. Specialization in Computing Science in 2015. During my bachelors, I had the opportunity to work with a large database of generated cell phone record data, and that began my interest in research. I decided on epidemiology thanks to some influence from my mother and friends in health research. In my bachelors, I took Russian language and literature as a "minor" although it is not declared on my degree.

In addition to my degree, I am passionate about music, and I play with the University Orchestra, and previously with the Edmonton Philharmonic. I can be found at the rock climbing wall when I am not playing music or studying. I look forward to the opportunity to learn a lot in the next two years, and I am interested in seeing what comes after then as well.

Max 26NOV14

Training Program: MSc in Health Services and Policy Research, School of Public Health

Maxim was born and raised in Kaluga, Russian Federation. He was an EMT-Paramedic for almost 5 years, but got tired of "action" and decided to change direction to pharmaceutical studies. Maxim received his B. Pharm with honors and as a project for his bachelor degree, Maxim participated in the "Study of Pharmacist Intervention in Diabetes Treatment". Max is working as a community pharmacist and specializes in opioid addiction treatment. Max's main interests are Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety and Effectiveness. Max possesses a strong background in Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Treatment of Chronic Diseases. Max is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in the ACHORD group, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, under the direction of Drs. Dean Eurich and Scot Simpson. His thesis project focuses on defining exposure to oral anti diabetic agents. Additionally, Max is currently taking CIHR Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training (DSECT) Program at The Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University.

Outside of work, Max enjoys sports, especially basketball and has a hobby of learning languages.

C Necyk 22SEPT15

Training Program: PhD in Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Candace was born and raised in St. Albert, Alberta. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and worked for 2 years as a community pharmacist with Safeway Pharmacy. At this point, she switched to Sobeys Pharmacy and also went back to school to complete a Master of Science through the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta while maintaining a full-time clinical practice. Her area of focus for her MSc degree was the safety and surveillance of natural health product use in community pharmacy patients. Candace accepted a position as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta in 2012 and completed her MSc in 2013.

After working for a few years at the Faculty, Candace decided to once again return to graduate training to pursue a PhD in Public Health under the supervision of Dr. Dean Eurich. The decision to do so stemmed from a growing interest to expand her research role within the Faculty and university, as well as an increased interest in the area of mental health. She is interested in research that focuses on the role of pharmacists and primary care providers in the screening and management of depression, especially in light of the expanded scope of practice of pharmacists through comprehensive care plans and medication reviews. She very much looks forward to the opportunity to work with the ACHORD team and have the opportunity to learn under their breadth of knowledge and experience.

Dax G Rumsey

Training Program: MSc in Clinical Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Hi, my name is Dax G. Rumsey. Born and raised in Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, I completed a BSc (Joint Honours) in Biology and Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I then went on to receive my Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at Memorial, as well. The next step of my training was a residency in paediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. After that, I did a fellowship in paediatric rheumatology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. I now plan to work part time as a paediatric rheumatologist at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. I also plan to work toward my MSc in clinical epidemiology through the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, starting this September 2014. My main supervisor will be Dr. Dean Eurich.

Throughout medical school and my residencies, I have had the opportunity to care for many patients and their families. These experiences have helped me to appreciate the people behind the diseases that we treat. They have inspired in me a deep desire to help further our collective medical knowledge in any way that I can.

For my thesis, I intend to study outcomes of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in Canada using the Research in Arthritis in Canadian Children (ReACCh) database, a large database of prospectively collected data from a national observational study of children with newly diagnosed JIA. There are over 1500 patients enrolled from 16 centers across the country, making it the largest database of longitudinal data on children with JIA. The data has been completely collected and cleaned. There are several important questions to be asked related to modeling of disease outcomes and predictors of outcomes, etc. I look forward to working with Dean and others in the School of Public Health, the University of Alberta, and beyond.

Outside of work, my beautiful wife, Rachel, and I have three wonderful children. As practicing Catholics, God is at the center of our lives. We enjoy spending time together and being active.

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Training Program: MSc in Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Danielle grew up in Regina, SK. She graduated from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Bio-Molecular Science. During her time at Lakehead, Danielle had the opportunity to become involved in two different research projects, both relating to environmental microbiology. Working in the lab sparked Danielle's interest in research as a potential career option. Danielle also took courses relating to public health, and became interested in the population-level approach to studying diseases. She decided to step away from bench science, and pursue a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the University of Alberta. Danielle is fortunate to train under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Johnson and is excited to work with the ACHORD group. Her research will be around health outcomes in diabetes populations, focusing on lifestyle factors.

Danielle is also an avid long distance runner, and is a member of the U of A cross country and track and field teams. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, downhill skiing and spending time at the cottage.


Training Program: Post Doctoral Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services Tomorrow Project

Ming grew up in Tianjin, China. He got a BSc degree in Microbiology in 1997 from Nankai University (China) and a master degree in Oncology in 2005 from the University of Alberta. In 2015, Ming obtained a PhD degree in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. His PhD research focused on effect of environmental chemicals on respiratory health.

Ming is now working as postdoctoral fellow at ACHORD studying cancer and chronic disease epidemiology. In partnership with Alberta's Tomorrow Project, Ming's research project focuses on linking Alberta's Tomorrow Project data with Alberta Health administrative databases to characterize relationships between healthcare utilization and risk and health outcomes of cancer and chronic diseases.

Outside of work, Ming spends most of his time with his family. He also loves swimming, traveling and playing basketball and soccer.

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