Raza M. Mirza, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Toronto's Institute for Life Course & Aging and is also the Network Manager for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE; www.nicenet.ca), a knowledge transfer network in the field of aging.
Dr. Mirza received his MSc and Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. His areas of research and teaching interest include the socio-behavioral determinants of health in persons aging with a chronic illness, and factors influencing late-life social, mental and physical well-being. Dr. Mirza is also developing a program of research that focuses on age-friendly communities, and also how to better use technology and telehealth to engage older patients and their caregivers with clinicians and the healthcare system.
Rachel Burton is a Master of Teaching candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Upon graduation, Rachel will be certified to teach English and History at the Intermediate/Senior level. Her current research focus is independent teachers' experiences implementing the new sexual health curriculum. Prior to moving to Toronto, Rachel graduated with First Class Honours in English and a subsidiary in History from St. Francis Xavier University. For the past year, Rachel has been working as a Research Assistant with NICE.
Sarah Chaffey is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto specializing in Health Studies with a focus in Gerontology. A research assistant with the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly, her research interests include examining geriatric mental health outcomes, psychosocial factors surrounding successful and productive aging, Japan’s health care system as a model for geriatric health, and non-invasive solutions for the treatment of geriatric mental health issues
Alison Dillman is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a double major in Health Studies and International Relations. Her current research focus is on palliative and end-of-life care for the Indigenous senior population in Canada, aging, public health, and chronic disease alongside global health. Outside of academics, Alison is a peer editor for the Health Perspectives undergraduate journal and works as a lead analyst for the G7 and G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs on the Global Health Security Agenda.
Erin Relyea is a Master of Social Work student specializing in gerontology at the University of Toronto. Erin has extensive experience over the last two years working as a social work student with older adults who are experiencing mental health and substance use issues in the community and in a hospital setting. Over the last two and a half years, she has worked as a Research Assistant, Communications Coordinator and Social Media Strategist for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). Currently, Erin is coordinating the 2017 Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange and a new interactive photo exhibit in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary entitled the "Wisdom Project". Her research interests include a focus on Aboriginal older adults and financial literacy, as well as palliative care and mental health issues.