Research Trainees & Partners

Dr. Nav Persaud is a Family Physician and Associate Scientist at St Michael’s Hospital. He completed his medical training at the University of Toronto and his MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He is interested in how the behaviours of young children affect their health, and in how clinicians use information to improve patient care.

Jessica Omand (RD BSc BASc MSc candidate) completed her BSc at the University of Guelph and BASc at Ryerson University. She is enrolled in the Combined Master of Science Dietetic Internship Program through St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto, of which she completed her clinical dietetic internship in 2011 and is currently finishing her MSc. She received a CIHR master’s award for nutrition and dietetic research. Her research interests focus on pediatric nutrition, epidemiology and micronutrient deficiencies. Supervised by Dr. Jonathon Maguire and Dr. Pauline Darling, Jessica has completed a manuscript entitled “Non-western immigrant children have lower 25-hydroxyvitamin D than children from western born families” which is under review for publication and she is working on a second study, the validity of a vitamin D dietary screening questionnaire.

Dr. Mikael Katz-Lavigne is excited to work with the TARGet Kids! group as an Academic Pediatric Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children. As part of his Fellowship, he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. Mik completed his medical school training at McGill University and his Pediatric residency at the Hospital for Sick Children. He is currently involved in a priority setting project in pediatric primary care research. He is interested in patient preferences and injury prevention and has also participated in a number of global health projects in Uganda, Tanzania and Haiti.

Kawsari Abdullah is a pediatrician from Bangladesh who is currently a PhD candidate in IHPME at University of Toronto and a Research Fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children. Kawsari’s research interest relates to prevention and treatment of pediatric nutritional disorders and generating knowledge to update current research methods.