CVER News 2021

October – November 2021

  • Dr. John VanLeeuwen wins the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty’s 2021 Mentor Award for his international development work in Canada and Kenya.
    Dr. VanLeeuwen has made important contributions to his profession, serving in leadership roles with numerous national and international organizations including Farmers Helping Farmers and Veterinarians without Borders-Canada (more information). Congratulations, Dr. VanLeeuwen!
  • Congratulations to Elizah D. McFarland for successfully passing her PhD comprehensive exam;
    • Supervisors:  J. McClure & G. Keefe

August – September 2021

  • Epi on the Island 2021: Two Epi on the Island 2021 summer courses were held this year. The first course, “Bias in Observational Studies”, was offered over 10 days from August 23 to September 3, by Drs. Ian Dohoo(AVC) and Simon Dufour from Université de Montréal (UdeM). The course had both in-class (at the Saint-Hyacinthe campus of UdeM) and online participation. The second course, “Applied Concepts of Bayesian Risk Assessment in Animal Health and Food Safety”, was offered entirely online from September 8 to 21, by Dr. Javier Sanchez (AVC). In total, the two courses had 28 participants, mainly from across the US and Canada.
  • Welcome to the visiting graduate student Anna Cecília Trolesi Reis Borges Costa
    • Anna is a full-time PhD student at the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology and Cellular Biology at Federal University of Lavras (Laboratório de Epidemiologia Molecular e Biologia Celular Universidade Federal de Lavras), Brazil. She will be with us from mid September, 2021 to mid January, 2022. Anna’s local supervisor is Dr. Javier Sanchez.
  • Welcome to new epidemiology graduate students:
    • Emily Morabito, supervised by Caroline Ritter
    • Heather Chandler, supervised by Shawn McKenna
    • Mark Moore, supervised by Larry Hammell and Krishna Thakur
    • Megan Ross, supervised by Caroline Ritter
    • Thitiwich Changtes, supervised by Javier Sanchez. (Welcome back! Thitiwich was with us from January to June in 2020.)

July 2021

  • Congratulations to Karen MacDonald-Phillips who has successfully defended her PhD Examinations;
    • Supervisors: S. McKenna and G. Keefe
  • Welcome back to Dr. Beibei Jia as a Post-Doctoral researcher in aquatic epidemiology. Beibei was our former PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Ian Gardner and a former CERC member.

May – June 2021

  • Congratulations to Mariana Fonseca for successfully passing her PhD comprehensive exam;
    • Supervisors:  Javier Sanchez & Luke Heider;
  • Ian Gardner, CERC Chair and Professor at the AVC from 2011 until his retirement in September 2020, has been appointed as Professor Emeritus by the UPEI. Congratulations, Ian! At CVER we look forward to continuing our joint activities.
  • Peter Kimeli (Supervisor: John VanLeeuwen ) has won two awards: Faculty of Graduate Studies Award of Distinction – UPEI and the Governor General’s Award for best PhD thesis in 2021. His thesis title is: Determinants and improvements of calf parasite load, growth and behaviour on smallholder dairy farms in Kenya. Congratulations, Peter!

January – February 2021

  • Congratulations to João Romero for successfully passing the comprehensive exams for his PhD program
  • Welcome to new epidemiology graduate students:
    • Kaitlin Fitzpatrick supervised by Drs. Krishna Thakur & Sonja Saksida
  • Welcome to visiting graduate students:
    • Tipsarp (Minnie) Kittisiam from Kasetsart University in Thailand
      • Local supervisor: Krishna Thakur
    • Napattarin (Poppy) Kulthornvaddhanathada from Kasetsart University in Thailand
      • Local supervisor: Javier Sanchez