SEA success for SPH

From award winners to the organizing committee and the emcee, students and faculty from the School of Public Health (SPH) played a key part in the annual Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association (SEA) conference on November 5.

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18 students from the School’s Master of Public Health program and thesis-based graduate program in epidemiology travelled to Regina for the one-day conference, which gathered more than 100 students, academics and health professionals from around the province, including representatives from the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Daniel Fuller, assistant professor at the SPH, who emceed the day’s proceedings, and Dr. Cheryl Waldner, interim associate executive director of the SPH, coordinated the trip, which gave students a valuable opportunity to connect with colleagues from Saskatchewan’s epidemiology community.

SPH students were involved in the two of the day’s three oral research presentations, including PhD candidate Silvia Bermedo-Carrasco, who won the award for top abstract. Khrisha Alphonsus and Mustafa Andkhoie, both PhD students in the epidemiology thesis-based program, won first prize and joint second prize respectively for research posters.

For significant contribution to epidemiology in Saskatchewan, Dr. Waldner was presented with the SEA “Snow on Cholera Award”. Waldner joins a very select group of individuals to have received this prestigious award.

Waldner was pleased with the quality of the SPH students’ work, and acknowledged the excellent job they did of presenting it: “I am proud of the students and what they achieved at the conference” she said. “They did excellent work and a great job of representing the School”.

Photo (by Daniel Fuller) shows Dr. Cheryl Waldner and her award.

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