The COVID pandemic has added another layer to Dr. Azad’s current research with “Science Meets Parliament". These scientific experts and political leaders have to come together to bridge the gap between scientific research and policy making at the political level. Steps are being taken to ensure policy making is done using evidence based science.
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Dr. Azad has teamed up with CIFAR to share her expertise in Microbiome research. CIFAR is a Canadian-based global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address the most important questions facing science and humanity. The researchers met virtually on March 11, 2020 to discuss laying the foundation for new microbiome curriculum for Public Health. Click here for more on this exciting and innovative topic.
Despite challenges due to the COVID epidemic, Shirin Moossavi (top left) successfully defended her PhD thesis online, apparently from the ruins of Persepolis! The proceedings were chaired by Dr. Miguel Uyaguari-Diaz from the Department of Microbiology. 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, of course, thesis supervisor Dr. Meghan Azad (lower right).
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 exciting accomplishment!
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