Wasifa Zarin (MPH) is the Program Manager of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Evidence Alliance, based at the St. Michael’s Hospital site of Unity Health Toronto. Wasifa earned her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. With a keen interest in the science of evidence synthesis and its uptake in the decision-making process and has contributed to a range of knowledge products for decision-makers locally (Ontario Drug Policy Research Network), nationally (Health Canada), and internationally (World Health Organization). Wasifa oversees the operations, communications, and strategic development of the SPOR Evidence Alliance.
Sharmila Sreetharan is a research coordinator for the Central Coordinating Office of the SPOR Evidence Alliance. She holds a Master of Science degree from the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University. She has extensive experience in conducting primary research, experimental research design, literature reviews, and quantitative data analysis. She has a strong interest in working with decision-makers to improve patient care.
Sharmila is responsible for supporting the SPOR Evidence Alliance’s daily operations, managing the coordination of patient and public partner engagement, and providing input on SPOR Evidence Alliance’s initiatives and activities.
Jacqueline Sally Co is a Research Assistant for the Knowledge Synthesis Team in the Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree with an Honours Specialization in Rehabilitation Sciences from Western University. As an aspiring occupational therapist, she is committed to client-centered care and hopes to empower individuals and populations who face disproportionate inequities in health access and outcomes.
Angelika Aziz is a research assistant with the Central Coordinating Office of the SPOR Evidence Alliance, located at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience at the University of Guelph. She has previous experience performing mental health-based research, stakeholder engagement, knowledge mobilization, and cultivating genuine connections with diverse individuals and stakeholders. Overall, she is passionate about improving health outcomes for diverse and underserved populations in her local community and abroad.
Angelika is responsible for providing administrative support, communication and dissemination, and supporting day-to-day operations of the SPOR Evidence Alliance.