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Meet the Institute Team


Dr. William Ghali, Scientific Director

Dr. William Ghali is Scientific Director of the O'Brien Institute for Public Health (as of July 1, 2010). 

Dr. Ghali is a General Internist (MD, University of Calgary; FRCPC, Queen’s University) with methodological training in health services research and epidemiology (MPH) from the Boston University School of Public Health. He is a principal in the University of Calgary World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Disease Classifications and health information. He recently completed two terms as a Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research, and has also been funded as a Senior Health Scholar by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions.

Dr. Ghali has held millions of dollars of peer-reviewed research funding from various agencies, has published over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has been the recipient of numerous local, national, and international awards. Dr. Ghali is involved in a number of research initiatives, with specific focus on interdisciplinary approaches to evaluating and improving health system performance to produce better patient outcomes and improved system efficiency. He has done a number of systematic reviews, both academically and on contracts, including two major commissioned reviews on EtOH and heart disease.  


Administrative Assistant:

Lindsay Bradshaw

CV: here

Melanie Rock

Dr. Melanie Rock, Associate Scientific Director

Dr. Melanie Rock is Associate Scientific Director of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health (since January 2016). She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine (primary appointment); the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (joint appointment); the Faculty of Social Work (adjunct appointment with supervisory privileges); and the Department of Anthropology and Archeology, Faculty of Arts (adjunct appointment with supervisory privileges).

Previously, Dr. Rock held a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Petro-Canada Young Innovator in Community Health Research Prize, and a Population Health Investigator Award from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (now known as Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions). She is registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers, with a scope of practice emphasizing social research, community services and public policy in relation to One Health


CV: here


Jamie Day, Administrative Director

Jamie is Administrative Director of the O'Brien Institute for Public Health.  Trained as a biomedical researcher (PhD Neuroscience), her postdoctoral experiences developed strengths in scientific writing and research management.  Jamie has over ten years’ experience as a university research administrator and brings to the Institute valuable experience with strategic funding applications, budgeting and reporting of research infrastructure projects, navigating university systems and policies, and the management of research projects and teams. 


Pablo Fernandez, Strategic Communications Manager

Pablo joined the O'Brien Institute in October 2014 and brings with him a background solidly rooted in journalism and military service. For the last 14 years he has been an award-winning staff journalist at several media outlets including The Calgary Sun and the Huffington Post. For the last six years, he has been an editor, department head and bureau chief specializing in developing and implementing online, brand growth and community engagement strategies. As an advisor, Pablo has also put his journalistic skills to work handling critical incident communications and community relations with the Canadian Army.



Leora Rabatach, Communications Manager 

Léora is Manager of Communications for the O'Brien Institute for Public Health and the W21C Program (Ward of the 21st Century), University of Calgary. She has worked in communications and fund development for over 17 years in both public and private sectors, and specializes in: strategic communications planning, media relations, knowledge management/knowledge translation, stakeholder and community engagement, web development, copywriting, and editing. She also holds a Master in Medical Science through the Cumming School of Medicine/Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, with a specific focus in measurement and knowledge translation in health systems research.



Marie-Claude Proulx, Project Coordinator 

Marie-Claude joined the team in September 2014. She has been working at the University of Calgary since 2009 and was formerly a Research Project Manager for the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Unit and for O'Brien Institute member, Dr. Gilaad Kaplan. Marie-Claude has a Masters degree in Molecular Biology and experience in clinical research and epidemiology. She brings to the Institute her diversified scientific and administrative background.


Lindsay Bradshaw

Lindsay Bradshaw, Project Coordinator

Lindsay Bradshaw has worked in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary since 2000, when she was employed as an administrative secretary.  She is now employed as a project coordinator for the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. Lindsay has a University of Calgary Continuing Education Professional Management Certificate



Mariko Roe, Events & Communications Coordinator

Mariko joined the O'Brien Institute for Public Health in June of 2012 as their Communications Assistant. She graduated in 2007 from the University of Calgary with a BA in Communications and Culture, Majoring in Canadian Studies. She then went on to complete her teacher training and graduated in 2010 from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Education specializing as an elementary generalist. Mariko brings over seven years' experience with a capacity for administrative support at various corporations, and most recently as an Administrative Assistant for the Hotchkiss Brain Institute's Clinical Research Unit.



Brittany DeAngelis, Communications 

Brittany DeAngelis joined the O'Brien Institute in May of 2015 as a Communications Assistant. Brittany has a background in broadcast journalism, digital communications and digital marketing and is currently working on completing her BA in Communications and Culture from the University of Calgary. 


Dr. Lynn McIntyre, Senior Adviser, Past Associate Scientific Director 

Dr. Lynn McIntyre is Professor Emerita of Community Health Sciences in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She retired from her active faculty position in November 2015.  She continues to be involved in research and in population health advancement. Prior to coming to Calgary, Dr. McIntyre served three terms as Dean of the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dr. McIntyre holds both a medical degree and master's degree in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. She is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. .

Dr. McIntyre's research is focused on household food insecurity--inadequate access to food due to financial constraint. She uses both quantitative and qualitative means to advance policy that will reduce food insecurity at the population level.

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