Before joining as the Knowledge Development Manager (KDM), Farzana has worked at SHARE on a few projects before, including the Patient-Provider Toolkit (PPT) study. Farzana is a PhD Candidate at the University of Saskatchewan, where her research interests are Indigenous, immigrant and refugee health; patient-engagement; social determinants of health; and Community-based Participatory Research. Prior to SHARE, Farzana coordinated patient-oriented research at the Positive Living Program (PLP) and Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre of Care (Breast Health Centre) at the Saskatoon Health Authority. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow, she also has been teaching Biostatistics, and Medicine and Society courses. Farzana is originally from Bangladesh who loves travelling, cooking, and eating! A Pharmacist by training, her goal is to continue her journey of community-engaged knowledge development with the amazing people of Saskatchewan!
Alexandra King,MD, FRCPC, Nipissing First Nation (Ontario)
As the inaugural Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health, Dr. King is set to lead work to improve Indigenous health care in Saskatchewan. A specialist in internal medicine focusingon HIV and hepatitis C, she works with patients in a culturally safe way to help them heal from these acute and chronic conditions. She also teaches Indigenous health and has mentored former and current students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Simon Fraser University, focusing on wellness intervention research with Indigenous people in the areas of land-based healing, health determinants, mental health and addictions, blood-born and sexually transmitted infections, and justice health. Kingserves on many local and national initiatives, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategy for Patient-oriented Research (SPOR) Patient Engagement and Ethics Working Group, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Steering Committee, and the Canadian Network on Hepatitis C (CanHepC).
Explore and examine ways to improve treatment and care for people living with HIV and enhance HIV prevention strategies in Saskatchewan.
Sugandhi del Canto, PhD(c)
KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (KDM), UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
Kali Gartner, MD, CCFP
Dr. Kali GartnerDr. Gartner is a family physician practising out of West Side Community Clinic, a low barrier clinic located in one of Saskatoon’s most marginalized neighbourhoods. She has an interest in the intersection between clinical and community research, with a particular focus on women and children. She has initiated several studies on pregnancy and HIV within the clinic, mentoring graduate and medical students to conduct respectful research.
SHARE was founded in 2011 as a research cooperative between research clinicians working at the University of Saskatchewan. Over the last number of years the people at SHARE have worked hard to expand this cooperative into a nonprofit research group that is focused on building research capacity in Saskatchewan and providing evidence-based support and solutions to key issues impacting HIV treatment, care, and preventative programming throughout the province. Working strategically with clinicians, policy makers, healthcare professionals, and community organizations, SHARE is using research to help inform, guide, and determine best practices that will have the strongest opportunity to improve the lives of people living with HIV in Saskatchewan.
Stephen Sanche, MD
Dr. Sanche received his MD from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990, where he also completed core Internal Medicine training. Steve pursued specialty training in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at the University of Manitoba, followed by additional training at the San Antonio Center for Medical Mycology. He returned to Saskatoon in 1998, where he is the Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Acting Head of Clinical Microbiology and Medical Lead for the Positive Living (HIV and chronic viral hepatitis) Program. He has active clinical practices in both ID and Medical Microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan, with a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of infections in immunocompromised individuals.
Collaborating and contributing with local and national organizations to help build research capacity in Saskatchewan.
Investigators and co-investigators on more than 20 research projects in the last 4 years has made SHARE is a provincial leader in HIV research.
Sugandhi has worked in the field of HIV since 2003, beginning with a position at the Native Friendship Centre in Montreal as the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Coordinator. She has also worked at CTAC (Canadian Treatment Action Council), CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) and, up until her recent return to academia, was the Prairie HIV/HCV Educator at CATIE. Sugandhi moved to Saskatoon in 2010 to begin a Master’s program in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University and is currently finishing up her PhD, a mixed methods study of built environments and healthy food access. She volunteers on the board of the Canadian Women’s Health Network and has previously served on the board of ASAAP, the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention. She is the inaugural President of the City Centre Food Cooperative, a local initiative to provide affordable fresh food to Saskatoon’s downtown and surrounding areas. She also knits. A lot.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Advancing Treatment, Care, and Prevention Through Research
SHARE: Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour
Farzana Ali, PhD(c)
Linda Chelico, Associate Professor
Linda Chelico received her Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Saskatchewan. Following postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California, she accepted a faculty position at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and is now an Associate Professor. Linda runs a research lab where she trains M.Sc., Ph.D., and postdoctoral fellows to conduct research regarding the interaction of HIV with the human immune system. Research projects span biomedical research aimed at understanding virus-host interactions, biochemical and structural studies on host and viral proteins, and development of new HIV therapies. Her research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), and Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). She has served on CIHR grant review panels, regularly reviews manuscripts for multiple journals, and has published numerous research articles that have improved our understanding of the intrinsic barriers that HIV must overcome to replicate in CD4+ T cells.