• 14-Jan-2021
  • 11:00 AM (UTC-03:30)
  • Virtual

The Research Exchange Group on Rural Health facilitates networking amongst researchers, graduate students, and policy makers who are interested in this particular area of applied health research. The group meets monthly to exchange information and ideas about research projects and proposals, potential sources of funding, and opportunities for training and knowledge exchange. Although they are based in Newfoundland and Labrador, they welcome participants with an interest in #RuralMed from across Canada and globally.


Thursday, January 14, 2021  | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Meeting by Zoom.
If you are not comfortable using Zoom, a telephone-only option is also available.

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Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm NST
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COVID-19 and Chronic Disease

Dr. Proton Rahman heads the Newfoundland & Labrador COVID-19 analytics team, responsible for the province's COVID-19 models.  Modelling of infectious diseases is a tool to study how diseases spread; anticipate the future course of an outbreak; and to help guide public health planning and infectious disease control. Models use mathematical equations to estimate how many cases of a disease may occur in the coming weeks or months and help researchers simulate real-world possibilities in a virtual environment. While models can’t predict what will happen, they can help us understand what might happen in certain scenarios. At this session, Dr. Rahman will present COVID-19 modelling work as it relates to susceptibility, hospitalization, and vaccinations of COVID-19 positive patients with chronic disease in Newfoundland and Labrador.

About our presenter:

Dr. Proton Rahman is a clinician scientist in St. John’s Newfoundland. He is a practicing rheumatologist and a University Research Professor at Memorial University.  Dr. Rahman completed his medical school and internal medicine training at Memorial University and rheumatology residency and fellowship at the University of Toronto. His graduate training in genetics and  epidemiology were also done at University of Toronto. He joined the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial in 1999 and received the designation of University Research Professor in 2012. He was the Associate Dean of Clinical Research at Memorial’s Medical School from 2011 to 2019.

He is internationally recognized for his work on better elucidating the genetic basis of complex rheumatic diseases, particularly psoriatic arthritis and in the use of biologic therapies in spondyloarthritis. Dr. Rahman’s contributions include enhanced estimation of the heritability of psoriatic arthritis, identification of novel candidate genes, structural variants, and more recently pharmacogenomics of selected rheumatic diseases. He has published over 250 peer reviewed articles.  His goal in his clinical and research endeavors is to make an impact on improving the lives of Newfoundlanders and Canadians living with arthritis. 


Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

Putting Research in Place for Newfoundland & Labrador

Faculty of Medicine

Memorial University of Newfoundland
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