Nicole Bergen is a PhD student in the Population Health program at the University of Ottawa. Her doctoral research in health equity focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals and maternal and child health in Ethiopia. She is contributing to the IDRC-funded research project about Safe Motherhood in Jimma, Ethiopia. Previously, Nicole worked in the area of health inequality monitoring with the World Health Organization (Geneva).
Sameera is a PhD Candidate at the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland and Research Assistant the University of Toronto (Canada) on the Go4Health project, an international research collaborative reporting to the European Commission on health and the post-2015 global development agenda. Previously, Sameera worked at the School of Public Health at BRAC (Bangladesh) in qualitative public health research projects in partnership with civil society, government, and international agencies in Central and South Asia as well as the Pacific.
Jaameeta Kurji is an Epidemiologist who has mainly worked in the area of Maternal and Child Health in resource-constrained settings. She received her training at McGill University and University of Toronto. She's currently pursuing doctoral studies at University of Ottawa where she will be assessing the effectiveness of optimally functioning maternity waiting homes in improving health outcomes and maternal service coverage in Ethiopia. She will also be conducting spatial analyses and intervention fidelity assessments. Her work is part of an IDRC-funded implementation study led by her supervisors (Dr. Manisha Kulkarni and Prof. Ronald Labonte) and colleagues from Jimma University, Ethiopia.
Ashley Schram is a PhD candidate in population health at the University of Ottawa. She is a co-investigator on a CIHR funded research project conducting a health impact assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, specifically examining pathways between provisions within trade and investment agreements and key risk factors for noncommunicable diseases, including tobacco, alcohol, and diet. Her dissertation work includes a focus on how transnational food corporations, and agreement such as the TPP, impact the food supply and food regulatory policy space to protect and promote healthy diets.