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Garron Family Cancer Centre

PERCC Trainees

Current Trainees

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Dr. Brandon Maser, M.D. is currently in his first year of paediatrics residency at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children. Brandon completed is Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta and his Doctor of Medicine at Queen’s University. Brandon is currently involved in research with PERCC through the Lancet Oncology Commission on Sustainable Paediatric Cancer Care. This Commission aims to establish an evidence-based case for investing in effective interventions to address childhood cancer, specifically in low-to-middle-income countries (LMICs). Brandon’s work focuses on developing an integrated framework and data collection instrument for mapping the existing childhood cancer system in LMICs, as well as identifying key challenges to, and opportunities for, system strengthening. The goal of this process will be to create an evidence-based picture of the landscape of childhood cancer care in involved countries, with a focus on current gaps, challenges, strategies deployed, and opportunities for scale up.

Past Trainees

Nazeefah Laher

Nazeefah Laher, BSc. MPH(C), is currently completing her second year of her Masters of Public Health at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Health; she is specializing in health promotion and global health. Her academic focus is on health inequities and the social determinants of health, with an emphasis on paediatric health, racial inequities, and public policy. Nazeefah has been involved in research on the social determinants of health and its impact on child health, harm reduction strategies, the health impacts of racial inequities, and community-based research around HIV. She also has a keen interest in using evidence-based research to inform policy development and engage in advocacy. As a PERCC trainee, Nazeefah is currently working on an economic evaluation to quantify and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of treating endemic Burkitt Lymphoma in Uganda.

 

 

Sarah Grace Bebenek

Sarah Grace Bebenek is a Queen’s University graduate in Health Studies graduating on the Queen’s University Deans Honour list for excellent academic achievement and is a past recipient of the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award for Students for exemplary volunteer activity and community contribution. She is currently finishing her Masters of Science in Global Health at McMaster University, which has also provided her with field research experience in India. Inspired by her families charity Meagan’s Walk, Sarah Grace has continuously pursued research and employment opportunities in the area of paediatric health and illness, with a particular interest in oncology. This interest has led her to a research project within the PERCC performing a scoping review of national or regional childhood cancer policies in low and middle-income countries.