Our project aims to broaden our understanding of the experience of recently diagnosed PD patients. We aim to delve deeper into the etiology of the main stressors affecting recently diagnosed PD patients. One of these main stressors that we have identified through conducting several discussions with key stakeholders is the prognostic uncertainties associated with the recent diagnosis of the disease.
Yomna Elsheikh Ahmed
My education ranges from Texas to the Middle East. I graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland – Bahrain with an Irish Medical Degree and completed my internship in King Hamad University Hospital Bahrain and rotated through various Pediatric specialties including General pediatrics, Metabolic Diseases, Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Rehabilitation Services. I pursued my career as a pediatrician, and later on became a pediatric clinical tutor at my alma mater teaching neonatal medicine to undergraduate medical students, spending more time in our NICU, I became greatly interested in this branch of pediatric medicine.
11 years national and international experiences serving diverse population; broad-based background and skills in the areas of Bio-Electronics, Health Informatics and Clinical Engineering, Clinical, Pre-clinical and Experimental (Translational) Medicine. Involved in multiple projects in different therapeutic units: Respiratory and Pulmonary diseases, neuromuscular diseases (DMD), oncology, CVS, Diabetes Pharma industry experiences. Experienced as a mentor, supervisor, manager
Project Advisory Committee
Heather Beim has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. For most of her career worked in Human Resources as a Manager. Also, She worked as an Entrepreneur for a period of time making Cake Pops for catering events and private parties (even made cake pops for Mirvish Productions that were sold at the concession for Lion King.) Currently, working as an Employer Liaison to provide New Canadians with practical job search information and skills as well as connections to employers in their area of specialty.
Prof. Connie Marras
Connie Marras MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Toronto and movement disorders neurologist at the University Health Network, Toronto, Canada. She also holds the position of Vice-Chair of the research ethics board of the University Health Network. From 2010-2018 she served as Associate Editor of the Movement Disorders Journal. She has also served on or serves on the Scientific Advisory Board foundations dedicated to Parkinson’s Research including the Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF) and the Parkinson’s Foundation (US).
Prof. Heather Boon
Professor Heather Boon was Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, holding cross-appointments with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Family & Community Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. Her research focuses on the safety and efficacy of natural health products, and related regulatory and policy issues. She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book chapters, policy reports, and textbooks. Professor Boon has held key administrative roles at U of T and in a variety of national and international associations. She also served as Chair of the Council of Health Sciences.