Health Technology Assessment Unit
Fiona Clement, PhD
Dr. Clement has extensive training in Health Services Research, Health Economics and Health Policy. Her research interests include drug and non-drug technology reimbursement and cost containment policy and evidence in decision-making and health policy development. In 2014, she was selected as the Canadian Harkness fellow; a unique opportunity awarded to 12 professionals internationally each year to spend a year in the US studying healthcare policy. She also received the Maurice McGregor Award for outstanding leadership and excellence in HTA in Canada. She is the first from Alberta to be awarded either of these awards. As a result, in 2015, she was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 for her work to in health policy.
Liza Mastikhina, BA, MSc
Liza Mastikhina is the Unit Manager for the Health Technology Assessment Unit. She has a BA (Honours) in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick and an MSc in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary. Her SSHRC-funded Master’s thesis focused on attentional retraining in depression. Prior to joining the Unit, Liza worked at a health outcomes research consultancy where she was the lead clinical writer of several drug reimbursement submissions and was involved in a number of systematic review projects. Within the Unit, Liza has been involved in qualitative evidence synthesis, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and other evidence generation products.
Laura Dowsett, BHSc, MSc
(On Maternity Leave)
Laura Dowsett is the Unit Manager for the Health Technology Assessment Unit. She graduated in 2011 with an Honors Specialization in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario, and received her master’s degree in Health Services Research (MSc) through the department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary in May 2014. For her Master’s thesis, Laura did a cost-utility analysis of cardiac rehabilitation. With the unit, she has been involved in systematic reviews, meta-analyses and the production of health technology assessments.
Ada Madubueze, BSc, MSc
Ada Madubueze is a Research Analyst with the Health Technology Assessment Unit. She has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary. Ada has worked in a range of international development projects over the past 5 years. Her research has focused on perinatal and reproductive epidemiology with specific interests in global health, women’s health and maternal and child health in marginalized settings. Outside of work, Ada enjoys travelling, photography, reading and loves trying new recipes.
Ally Memedovich, BHSc, JD
Ally Memedovich is a Research Analyst with the Health Technology Assessment Unit. Ally obtained her BHSc in Public Health with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Calgary and her JD with an option in health law from the University of Ottawa. Her undergrad honours thesis looked at pharmaceutical pricing policies in Canada and how different policies impact patients. Ally is particularly interested in how health policy and other government policies impact people’s everyday lives. When she’s not reading for work, Ally is usually reading books for her book blog.
Brenlea Farkas, BSc, MSc
Brenlea Farkas is a Research Analyst with the Health Technology Assessment Unit. She has a BSc in Kinesiology and an MSc Population/Public Health, both from the University of Calgary. Brenlea is passionate about physical activity and health promotion, which led to her Master’s research work examining the associations between the built environment and physical activity. Within the Unit, Brenlea contributes to evidence synthesis, data analysis, project management, and policy implementation strategies. In addition to her contributions to the HTA Unit, Brenlea enjoys working as a personal trainer and staying active in her free time.
Jordyn Flanagan, BMSc
Jordyn Flanagan is a Research Analyst with the Health Technology Assessment Unit. She graduated in 2021 with a BMSc (honours) majoring in Pharmacology and Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences from Western University. Throughout her undergrad she worked as a Research Assistant at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education. Within the Unit, Jordyn is involved in systematic reviews and jurisdictional scans.
Mark Hofmeister, BSc, BN, MSc, RN
(On Paternity Leave)
Mark Hofmeister is a Research Analyst with the Health Technology Assessment Unit. He has a BN (Honors) from the University of Lethbridge and practiced as a registered nurse in oncology and internal medicine, before completing his MSc in Health Economics at the University of Calgary. With the unit, Mark contributes to evidence synthesis through systematic reviews, including meta-analysis and indirect treatment comparisons, data analysis, and the development of economic evaluations and budget impact analyses.