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PHSI 2023 – Speakers

Dr. Noah Crampton, PhD

Family Physician, Toronto Western Family Health

Lecturer, University of Toronto

CEO, Mutuo Health Solutions


Dr. Noah Crampton is a Family Physician at Toronto Western Family Health Team in Toronto. After graduating, he pursued a career as a Clinician Researcher because he knew that digital technologies would likely transform his career as an early-stage Clinician.

He works diligently to advance the field of EMRs as an effective method of improving quality of care across populations. He is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto with expertise in the EMR aggregator database UTOPIAN and is the Co-chair for the Digital Health Planning Table for the Mid-West Ontario Health Team.

Dr. Crampton is now CEO of Mutuo Health Solutions, whose mission is to empower clinicians in how and which data powers the assistive AI algorithms of the future in healthcare. AutoScribe is their flagship product, which is an AI-powered digital scribe tool for clinicians.


Dr. Lorie Donelle

Emily Myrtle Smith Endowed Professor of Nursing, University of South Carolina
Co-director of the ACORN Research Centre, University of South Carolina
Professor Emerita, Western University


Dr. Lorie Donelle is the Emily Myrtle Smith Endowed Professor of Nursing within the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina (USC) and the Co-director of the ACORN Research Centre at USC. She is also adjunct faculty and Professor Emerita at Western University in the in Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Donelle is an inaugural member of Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Nursing (FCAN). Her research addresses health promotion specific to issues of health literacy and digital health literacy(s), social justice, and digital health.

Her research investigates technology enabled models of health care and the relationships between health information technologies and client – clinician health practices.

Dr. Donelle contributes to International and national advisory committees for health literacy and digital health.


Donna Gault

Liaison, Hardy Bay Senior Citizens


Donna was born and raised in Toronto but fell in love with BC in the 70s and settled in Port Hardy in 1988. She is a retired businesswoman who is still an active partner for a small grocery store; a coffee shop which also features gifts, books, and clothes; and a small drive-in coffee shop.

Donna is a dedicated volunteer who supports multiple community organizations. She contributes to the North Island Senior Housing Foundation’s housing projects, the Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society’s Activity Centre, and advocates for seniors’ health through the Senior Elders Better Living Active Committee.

Donna assists growth in her community through attending regional and town tourism advisory committees. She also serves as a Patient Partner with the Patient Voices Network.

She is interested in the KISSS-AT project as an empowering solution for seniors that are afraid of technology and missing out on ways to communicate.


Rosaline Glynn

Director-at-Large, North Island Seniors Housing Foundation
Chair, Hardy Bay Seniors

Co-chair, Seniors Elders Better Living Advisory Committee
Co-chair, Community Response Network


Rosaline Glynn holds multiple leadership positions within various senior-focused organizations and networks. She currently serves as the Chair of the Hardy Bay Seniors, a group with a membership exceeding 250 seniors.

Additionally, she holds the role of Co-chair for both the Seniors Elders Better Living Advisory Committee and the Community Response Network. Her involvement extends further as an Executive Member of the Mount Waddington Healthy Network and as a Director-at-Large for the North Island Seniors Housing Foundation.

Rosaline was born in Manchester, England and educated at Loreto College and the Manchester College of Commerce. Rosaline emigrated to Canada in 1967 with her husband, Thomas.

She has lived in Port Hardy since 1976 and raised her family here. She has been a dedicated and active volunteer for over 50 years. She has volunteered at the local chamber of commerce, Communities in Bloom, The Red Hat Society, Emergency Social Services.


Dr. Gloria Gutman, PhD

Professor Emeritus/ Research Associate, Simon Fraser University

President, North American Chapter International Society for Gerontechnology

Vice-President, International Longevity Centre-Canada


Dr. Gloria Gutman developed the Gerontology Research Centre and Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and was the Director of both from 1982 to 2005.

She’s currently a Research Associate/Professor Emerita at SFU, Vice-President of the International Longevity Centre-Canada and President of the North American Chapter International Society for Gerontechnology.

Her awards and honours include Order of British Columbia, LLD (honoris causa- Western University), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and Order of Canada for her work “as an international authority in the field of gerontology”.

She is the author/editor of 23 books. Her research interests include seniors’ housing, long-term care, health promotion, gerontechnology, prevention of elder abuse, advance care planning, and seniors and disasters.

She is past president Canadian Association on Gerontology, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse.


Ricky Hu

Internal Medicine Resident, University of British Columbia


Ricky is an Internal Medicine Resident at the University of British Columbia with extensive work building AI algorithms and teaching AI. He completed undergraduate degrees in Engineering Physics and Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

In the past five years, he published over 25 papers on building new AI algorithms combining machine learning with medical physics, such as characterization of abnormal tissue in cardiac/renal/obstetrical point-of-care ultrasound and tumor prognostication with CT radiomics.

He is an advocate of bridging medicine and engineering, developing AI grounded in physiology and physics with improved interpretability by clinicians.

To promote literacy in interpreting AI, he has taught workshops to medical students, residents, and healthcare professionals, focusing on approaching AI with data science best practices.


Dr. Ihoghosa (Muyi) Iyamu

PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

Graduate Researcher, BC Centre for Disease Control


Dr. Ihoghosa (Muyi) Iyamu is a PhD Candidate at the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), UBC and a Graduate Researcher at the clinical prevention services unit of the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

He trained as a physician at the University of Benin, Nigeria, and holds a Master’s in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (MDICHA), from the Humanitarian Aid Studies Centre (HASC) at Proyecto Kalu, in Spain.

His research focuses on fostering digital health equity using implementation science. Over the last 10 years, he has worked in various capacities in public health operations research and evaluation. He currently holds the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Doctoral Award and the Four-Year Fellowships (FYF) For PhD Students award.

He has multiple peer-reviewed publications exploring the role of digital technologies in public health and evaluating their impact on various health services and populations.



Dr. Stephen Katz, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Trent University

Founding Member, Trent’s Centre for Aging and Society


Dr. Stephen Katz is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, a founding member of Trent’s Centre for Aging and Society, and a Trent Distinguished Research Award recipient.

He is the author of books Disciplining Old Age (1996), Cultural Aging (2005) and Ageing in Everyday Life (ed., 2018), as well as numerous publications on critical gerontology, aging bodies, health technologies, memory culture, cognitive impairment and quantified aging.

He has been a principal and co-investigator in several major funded projects in his areas of expertise and is currently working on a new book project, Mind, Body and Self in Later Life; Essays and Collaborations.


Dr. Jude Kong

Director, Africa-Canada Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Consortium
Professor, York University
Executive Director, Global South Artificial Intelligence for Pandemic and Epidemic Preparedness and Response Network


Dr. Jude Kong, a Professor in the Mathematics and Statistics Department at York University, is a renowned expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and its application in public health. As the founding Director of the Africa-Canada Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Consortium (ACADIC), he spearheads ground-breaking research in AI and data science.

Dr. Kong also serves as the Executive Director of the Global South Artificial Intelligence for Pandemic and Epidemic Preparedness and Response Network (AI4PEP), contributing to global efforts in combating infectious diseases.

Dr. Kong’s research focuses on utilizing AI, mathematical modeling, and quantitative methods to aid governments and communities in preparing for and responding to emerging infectious diseases. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he led an interdisciplinary team of over 52 researchers across nine African countries, leveraging AI to effectively manage the spread of the virus.

His transformative work in AI and infectious disease management continues to make a profound impact globally.


PHSI23: Dr. Josephine McMurray

Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Adjunct Associate Professor, Western University
Associate Scientific Director, AGE-WELL


Josephine currently serves as the Associate Scientific Director at AGE-WELL, Canada’s technology and aging network. She is also an Associate Professor at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfred Laurier University, and an Adjunct Professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University.

Josephine’s PhD in Health Studies and Gerontology from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo focussed on technology adoption as a measure of health system performance. She has conducted and presented research both nationally and internationally at the intersection of healthcare, technology and management.

Her current funded research includes: the implementation of geo-location technologies in healthcare and the decision-making around its adoption and use; the use of technology to accommodate employees diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and dementia; and the use of AI in disability management.

She has presented nationally and internationally on the social implications of technology on healthcare and aging.



Tina D. Purnat

Team Lead, World Health Organization


Tina Purnat is Team Lead for Infodemic Management in the Unit for High Impact Events Preparedness, Department of Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention at WHO.

Tina has worked for over 25 years at the WHO, European Union and academia. Her expertise brings together health research, analysis and policy-making. She has worked across these areas to promote better use of data, health information and evidence by patients, communities, across the health system and by policymakers.

As part of the WHO COVID-19 response, she worked in developing and formulating WHO infodemic response and infodemic management strategies, for which she received the WHO Pathfinder and Innovation Award 2021.

She serves on the editorial board of the JMIR infodemiology and Blockchain in Health journals, and is Fellow of the Australasian Institute for Digital Health.


Dr. Danielle Rasooly

Research Scientist, Harvard Medical School


Danielle Rasooly, PhD is a Research Scientist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Rasooly’s specialty is in applying methods in machine learning and causal inference to large-scale medical and genetic data to inform clinical decision-making.

Her current area of interest lies at the intersection of data science, genetics, epidemiology, and public health, involving high-throughput analysis and modeling to understand the underlying biological, genetic, and environmental mechanisms that lead to cardiometabolic diseases.

Her experience spans academia, government, and industry, with a focus on translating advances in genomics and precision medicine for actions that improve health and disease prevention and management.

Dr. Rasooly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics from Harvard University, where she also completed her post-doctoral training in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and biomedical data science.


Dr. Alberto Tozzi

Head of Predictive and Preventive Medicine Research Unit, Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù 
President, International Society for Pediatric Innovation
Advisor, Vaccine Safety Network


Dr. Alberto Tozzi is a distinguished Pediatrician and Epidemiologist renowned for his innovative work in pediatrics and expertise in artificial intelligence within healthcare. He has successfully managed numerous research projects funded by both national and international organizations.

With a passion for technological advancements, Dr. Tozzi has served as a former member of the Council for Information Technology of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Informatics Association, and the Healthcare and Management System Society. His contributions to the field are further recognized through his role as an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Public Health.

Through his ground-breaking research, dedication to innovative technologies, and diverse expertise, Dr. Tozzi continues to make substantial contributions to the field of pediatrics and healthcare.