Jenna Wong

Research Fellow

Jenna Wong, PhD, MSc is a post-doctoral research fellow and Pyle Fellowship Awardee in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She received her MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa and her PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University. Her research focuses on predictive modelling applications in epidemiology using electronic and linked administrative health data.

First Annual Fletcher Prize Awarded

We are pleased to announce that Suhas Gondi, a first year medical student at Harvard Medical School, has been selected to receive the first annual Fletcher Prize in Population Medicine.  The Fletcher Prize is awarded by the Department for the best paper on a topic in Population Medicine written by a Harvard Medical School or Harvard School of Dental Medicine student. Papers were judged by an expert panel of DPM faculty.  Gondi’s winning submission, “Negotiating Prescription Drug Prices to Improve Access and Reduce Costs”, highlights an important public health problem, high U.S.

Veronique Gingras

Research Fellow

Véronique Gingras is a research fellow (Pyle Fellowship Awardee) at the Division of Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse (CoRAL) working with Marie-France Hivert and Emily Oken. She received her undergraduate degree in nutrition and her Master of Science from Laval University in Quebec City, and her PhD in nutrition from Montreal University. Her previous research experiences include examining dietary patterns associated with cardiometabolic risk and developing effective strategies to improve the adoption of a healthy lifestyle in individuals with type 1 diabetes.

Izzudin Aris

Research Fellow

Izzuddin M Aris, PhD, received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences, and his graduate degree in Epidemiology from the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on prenatal predictors of childhood growth, overweight/obesity and related cardio-metabolic disease. His previous work in a Singapore birth cohort has led to publications demonstrating the associations of perinatal determinants such as pre-pregnancy weight, gestational weight gain, gestational glycemia and breastfeeding duration, with childhood adiposity and risk of subsequent overweight obesity.

Justin Bohn

Research Scientist

Justin Bohn, Sc.M., Sc.D., is an Epidemiologist in the Therapeutics and Infectious Disease Epidemiology group at the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Dr. Bohn received both his Sc.M. and Sc.D. in Epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Jennifer Lyons

Research Scientist

Jennifer Lyons, PhD, MPH, is a Research Scientist in the Therapeutics and Infectious Disease Epidemiology group at the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.  She works on the FDA-sponsored Sentinel Initiative for drug safety surveillance.

Opioid Policy, Utilization, and Outcomes

Opioid prescriptions have increased dramatically over the last two decades, partly driven by claims of safety not backed by evidence. The rise in dangerous opioid use has caused substantial morbidity and death.  HPI faculty and fellows have explored patterns in opioid prescribing and policies intended to improve the opioid epidemic.  In particular, HPI faculty have advised on optimal research designs to rigorously analyze trends in opioid use and interventions that affect opioid prescribing.

Specialty Drugs

Specialty medicines, many of which are products of biotechnology advances and orphan drugs, can provide novel and potentially life-changing treatment options for a growing number of serious conditions, including cancers, inflammatory diseases, and rare diseases.  At the same time, the increasingly high costs of specialty medicines represent an enormous economic burden to patients and society.  Allocating scarce resources to specialty medicines involves many difficult ethical and economic decisions for both families and payers.