UOHS 2022 Speakers

This year's lineup will feature diverse speakers that come from different backgrounds in healthcare. Check out our lineup for UOHS 2022!

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Dr. Philip Tseng 
International Speaker,
Professor at Taipei Medical University, Taiwan and Researcher at the TMU

PhD; Associate Professor and Principal Investigator at the Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain, and Consciousness of Taipei Medical University as well as the Brain & Consciousness Research Center housed at Shuang-Ho Hospital in Taiwan

Dr. Tseng is an Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Mind, Brain, and Consciousness of Taipei Medical University as well as the Brain & Consciousness Research Center housed at Shuang-Ho Hospital in Taiwan. Dr. Tseng completed his Bachelors of Psychology degree at UC San Diego and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. He worked at the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab in Silicon Valley, where he researched the topic of Human Machine Interface and investigated driver distraction using a driving simulator.  Currently, Dr. Tseng is the Principle Investigator for the Brain and Cognition Lab at Taipei Medical University. His lab research work focuses on neural mechanisms of visual attention, working memory, perception and action, and near-body (peripersonal) space, as well as the cognitive neuroscience of deceptive behavior and social interaction. In 2017, Dr. Tseng was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Taiwan for his pioneering work in EEG recording and brain stimulation. 

Dr. John Sinclair
Neurosurgeon at The Ottawa Hospital  

MD, Msc,  Director of Neurosurgical Oncology and the Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery at The Ottawa Hospital, Assistant Professor in the division of neurosurgery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, cerebrovascular and stereotactic radiosurgery fellowship trainings at Stanford University

Dr. John Sinclair is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and received his medical degree in 1996. After completing his residency in the University of Ottawa Neurosurgery Training Program, Dr. Sinclair was appointed as a clinical instructor of neurosurgery at Stanford University in California. He completed a 2 year cerebrovascular fellowship at Stanford and then an additional year of fellowship training at Stanford in stereotactic radiosurgery. He returned to Ottawa, Canada and joined The Ottawa Hospital and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Sinclair is the Director of Neurosurgical Oncology and the Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery at The Ottawa Hospital. He is also currently an Assistant Professor in the division of neurosurgery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Sinclair's subspecialty interests include neuro-oncology and vascular neurosurgery. His research interests include the surgical management of primary brain tumours, moyamoya disease, complex cerebral aneurysms and vascular malformations. 

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Irene Duah-Kessie
Director of Rise in STEM and Researcher at Community Health Center

BSc, MSc in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto, Founder and Executive Director of Rise in STEM

Irene Duah-Kessie is a community builder, researcher, mentor and social entrepreneur. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Life Sciences (2017) at McMaster University and her Master of Science in Sustainability Management (2019) at the University of Toronto. Irene is the Founder and Executive Director of Rise in STEM, a Toronto-based grassroots organization offering holistic enrichment programs in science, technology, engineering, and math that aim to unlock the power and potential of Black and underserved youth. By providing resources and opportunities to enhance well being, leadership and technical skills, Rise in STEM is working towards breaking down barriers to higher education and STEM career pathways for Black youth. In addition to supporting Black youth in STEM through empowerment and advocacy, Irene is also a Researcher and Project Coordinator at the Women's Health In Women's Hands Community Health Center.

INTERACTIVE PANEL:
Unconventional Career Pathways in Science and Medicine

This panel aims to talk about being involved in STEM through unique pathways that are beyond the norm. They will share their own experience and host an interactive panel with attendees.

Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair holder and Full Professor in the Faculty of Education

Dr. Frank Rudzicz

Computer Scientist and Professor at the University of Toronto

PhD, MSc, Associate Scientist at the International Centre for Surgical Safety, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St Michael’s Hospital

PhD, Professor in the Faculty of Education, cross-appointed as a full professor in Counselling Psychology and the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Vaillancourt holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in School-Based Mental Health and Violence Prevention. She is a full professor in the Faculty of Education and cross-appointed as a full professor in Counselling Psychology and the School of Psychology. She is also an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Vaillancourt's research examines the links between bullying and mental health, with a particular focus on social neuroscience. She is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, and the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.

Dr. Frank Rudzicz is an Associate Scientist at the International Centre for Surgical Safety, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St Michael’s Hospital where he is applying natural language processing and machine learning to various tasks in healthcare, including in detecting dementia from speech. His research interests include speech, language, machine-learning, brain-computer interfaces, healthcare, and applying artificial intelligence (AI) into healthcare practice. Dr. Rudzicz completed his PhD in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto and his Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, he teaches natural language processing and artificial intelligence in clinical medicine. 

Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Director of the Office for Society and Science

PhD; Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society”, first non-American to win the Grady-Stack Award; awarded the “Montreal Medal”, named winner of the Balles Prize for critical thinking; recipient of McGill University’s “Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement Through Media”

Dr. Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society” which has the mission of separating sense from nonsense. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of food to the connection between the body and the mind. Recently his work has focused on trying to unravel the mysteries of COVID-19. Dr. Schwarcz also hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD and has appeared hundreds of times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario and Global Television. He also writes a newspaper column entitled “The Right Chemistry”, and has authored eighteen books.