Diego Capurro is a doctoral student in Epidemiology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Sam Harper. He received his degree in dentistry from the National University of Asuncion, Paraguay in 2003 and after some years in private practice, he reoriented his career toward public health. He holds a Master of Public Health joint degree from the Universities of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Granada (Spain), a Residency in Dental Public Health certificate from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (USA), and a Social Policy specialization diploma from the National University of Asuncion.
Diego has experience in health-related quantitative research as well as a wide range of relevant work experience in several countries. His main area of interest is social epidemiology in national, regional and global contexts: measurement of social inequalities in health, mechanisms and pathways of social inequality in health, burden of disease metrics, health inequality impact assessments and surveillance systems.
Caroline King is currently a PhD candidate in McGill’s Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health under the supervision of Dr. Erin Strumpf. She holds a Combined Honours (B.Sc.) in Microbiology & Immunology and Statistics from Dalhousie University and completed part of a Master’s degree at McGill in Epidemiology before fast-tracking into the PhD program. Her past research activities and interests have been quite broad, including: bench work in molecular processes of cell metastasis, primary data collection with a nation-wide aging study, tool development, and most recently analysis of large-scale administrative health data. Her primary interest is informing public health policy via rigorous policy evaluation, effective knowledge translation, and the integration of different types of research. She is currently developing her PhD research project which will evaluate policies that target patient enrolment with primary care physicians in Canada. She will be examining how much provincial policies affect rates of patient enrollment with a GP, and how much this “first-stage” relationship varies across patient characteristics. She will then examine the impacts of enrollment on rates of preference-sensitive or “grey-area” clinical interventions which may be impacted by the quality or duration of the patient-GP relationship (e.g., PSA testing, treatment of depression and anxiety, and hip and knee replacement surgery).