Together with 20 fellow Canada Research Chairs, Dr. Azad co-authored an article published by The Conversation Canada, calling for scientific experts and political leaders to come together and bridge the gap between scientific research and policy making at the political level.
Dr. Azad has teamed up with CIFAR to share her expertise in Microbiome research. The researchers met virtually on March 11, 2020 to discuss laying the foundation for new microbiome curriculum for Public Health. The discussion focused on how the human microbiome shapes health and disease across the lifespan, its relevance to issues being taught across public health school programs and why integrating this knowledge into public health curricula is so essential at this time.
Despite challenges due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Shirin Moossavi (top left) successfully defended her PhD thesis online, apparently from the ruins of Persepolis! The external examiner was Dr. Jayne Danska from the University of Toronto. Examiners from the University of Manitoba included Dr. John Wylie, Dr. Meaghan Jones, Dr. Denice Bay, and thesis supervisor Dr. Meghan Azad. Thanks to the many friends, colleagues, family members and supporters who turned into the presentation on Zoom and on Youtube! The online format allowed for more people to see the defense than would likely have been possible in person, contributing to the overall success of the event. Congratulations, Dr. Moossavi, on this major accomplishment!
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