Dr. Mawuena Binka is a Master of Public Health student at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health. As part of her doctoral and postdoctoral training in biomedical science, Mawuena has years of experience working with hepatitis C virus and HIV in a basic science laboratory setting. Her previous work studying hepatitis C transmission among people who inject drugs influenced her decision to pursue hepatitis research further. She is currently working on a project that is aimed at characterizing hepatitis B infection epidemiology in British Columbia. It is expected that the findings of this project will inform public health policy and health-related programming within the province.


Dr. Zahid Ahmad Butt is a medical doctor and infectious disease epidemiologist with a PhD in Epidemiology from Michigan State University and a Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from Aga Khan University. He has extensive experience in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nationwide immunization and infectious disease surveillance programs in developing countries. He has also been instrumental in the development of various Public Health programs internationally. He has over 15 years of public health experience and has worked with a number of organizations most notably WHO and UNICEF in their immunization programs.

A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Zahid is currently a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. His research interests are HIV/HCV/HBV coinfections, vaccine preventable diseases, communicable and non-communicable disease syndemics, global health and spatial analysis of complex data. Currently based at BCCDC, his research examines the inter-relationships between syndemics of HIV and Hepatitis B & C, social disparities, co-morbidities and substance use.


m-darvishian_photoDr. Maryam Darvishian is a postdoctoral research fellow in the clinical prevention services division at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. She obtained her Master of Science degree (MSc) in Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology and Doctorate degree (PhD) in Epidemiology/Pharmaco-Epidemiology at University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Netherlands. At BCCDC her research focuses on hepatitis C treatments effectiveness and disease outcomes. Her research interest includes epidemiology and pharmaco-epidemiology of infectious diseases, real-world treatment effectiveness and bias-adjustment techniques in observational study designs.

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Dr. Carmine Rossi is a CanHepC-supported postdoctoral research fellow in the viral hepatitis division at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. He completed his MSc and PhD in Epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research interests include HCV treatment uptake in the area of direct-acting antivirals, risk factors for HCV re-infection after successful treatment, extrahepatic manifestations associated with chronic infection, and health-care service utilization among key populations, including injection drug users, immigrants and aboriginals. His methodologic interests include the analysis of complex longitudinal data, the use of time-to-event models, and the incorporation of administrative data-linkages to answer public health questions.