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HIC
Dr. Hassan Vatanparast, Ginny Lane, Carly Phinney, Scarlett Ewen and Solmaz Setayeshgar.

Hassan

Hassan Vatanparast, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition and School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan. Along with other research projects, Hassan is actively involved in research and health promotion initiatives targeting children’s health. Hassan is leading the Healthy Immigrant Children study and other initiatives aimed to improve the nutritional health of newcomers. We benefit from a multi-sectorial collaboration in these initiatives. Hassan and his colleagues have published several papers as well as presented their findings in the field of immigrant and refugee health at national and international conferences. Hassan and his colleagues continue their collaborative work with the goal of improving nutritional health of newcomers.
✆ Phone: (306) 966-6341 ✉ Email: vatan.h@usask.ca

Christine Nisbet, MSc, RD iis the Lab Manager for Dr. Vatanparast’s Nutritional Epidemiology Lab. She is also the nutrition research coordinator at the University of Saskatchewan for Healthy Start/Départ Santé. Christine obtained her Masters of Science in Nutrition working under Dr. Vatanparast on the pilot of the HIC study. Christine is interested in health equity, nutritional epidemiology, public health nutrition, food and culture.
✆ Phone: (306) 551-8274 ✉ Email: Christine.nisbet@usask.ca

Co-investigators for Healthy Start/Départ Santé:
Dr. Mathieu Bélanger; Directeur de la recherche au Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick, Université de Moncton
Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer; Associate Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Amanda Froehlich Chow, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Louise Humbert; Professor, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Anne Leis; Department Head, Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan
Stéphanie Ward; PhD Candidate, Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick, Université de Moncton

Sindhuja Dasarathi is the Project Manager for the multiple projects, lead by Dr. Vatanparast, pertaining to culture, migration and food security of refugees (CMF). She graduated with Master of Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan and has a Bachelors in Pharmacy from India. Along with managing projects, she is also actively involved in developing grant applications, and managing a bit of administrative work. She is excited about how she is being able to translate the knowledge from school to practice in the current job and is very passionate to do more work in the field of community health promotion.
✆ Phone: (306) 850- 7979 ✉ Email: sindhuja.dasarathi@usask.ca

Co-Principal Investigator for CMF:
Dr. Mustafa Koc; Professor, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University

Co-Investigators for CMF:
Dr. Batal Malek; Associate Professor, Département de nutrition, Université de Montréal (link to https://nutrition.umontreal.ca/departement/professeurs/profil/batal-male...)
Dr. Marwa Farag; Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan (link to https://www.usask.ca/sph/people/faculty-profiles/marwa-farag.php)
Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer; Associate Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Joseph Garcea; Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan​
Dr. Carol Henry; Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan​
Dr. Judy White; Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina
Dr. Louise Racine; Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Tamer Qarmout; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Romaina Iqbal; Associate Professor, Departments of Community Health Sciences and Medicine, Aga Khan University
Dr. Kaye Mehta, Associate Professor, Disability and Community Inclusion Unit, Flinders University
Dr. Esperanza Diaz; Associate Professor, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen

Ginny

Virginia (Ginny) Lane, RD, MA completed her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Pharmacy & Nutrition. She managed the Regina branch of the Healthy Immigrant Children Study. She has developed community partnerships with the Regina Community Clinic and Regina Open Door Society and is managing the overall implementation of the study in Regina.
✆ Phone: (306) 787-3862 ✉ Email: vlg123@mail.usask.ca





Co-investigators for HIC:
Dr. Brian Gushulak; Migration Health Consultant (link to http://www.migrationhealth.com/)
Dr. Joseph Garcea; Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan​
Dr. Carol Henry; Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan​
Dr. Jay Hoover, Professor, College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Gerry Uswak, Dean & Associate Professor, College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Judy White; Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina
Dr. Li Zong, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan

Student Research Assistants in Dr. Vatanparast’s Nutritional Epidemiology Lab, College of Pharmacy & Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan:
Eline Berglof, 3rd year undergraduate nutrition student
Hira Ghani, 2nd year undergraduate nutrition student
Sara Patenaude, 2nd year undergraduate nutrition student