As Co-Founder and CEO of Aifred Health, David provides strategic direction and acts as a bridge between the machine learning and clinical team. He is also a Psychiatry Resident and Researcher at McGill University. He obtained his MD.,CM at McGill and an MSc (Neuroscience-Distinction) from University College London.
Robert Fratila is a Co-Founder and CTO at Aifred Health. Trained in computer science and biology, his passion for combining medicine and AI throughout his work and research has grown extraordinarily. As a software developer at the Montreal Neurological Institute, he worked on integrating state-of-the-art deep learning techniques in the healthcare industry, specifically brain imaging. This has given him valuable experience in finding efficient solutions to complex problems. As CTO of Aifred Health, he manages machine learning research and product engineering teams, producing world-leading software and extremely promising results for mental health care.
He has also given many invited talks and workshops about his work and research at a variety of events, including the Canadian University Software Engineering Conference (CUSEC) and the Sixth Biennial Conference on Resting State and Brain Connectivity. He is committed to spreading knowledge and demystifying the wonderful field of machine learning.
Sonia holds a BSc in Honours Neuroscience from McGill University, where she founded the student neurotechnology group that eventually gave rise to Aifred Health. As a lifelong entrepreneur, Sonia appreciates the value of strategic business leadership to effect change in clinical practice. She continuously strives to help enhance the interface between leading research and neurological health care.
Kelly Perlman, a graduate neuroscience student in McGill’s integrated program in neuroscience, is a co-founder of Aifred Health. She is also the director of research and has the primary goal of ensuring that every step in the development of the product is firmly grounded in science, in order to optimize the prediction of treatment response. Her responsibilities include conducting systematic reviews of relevant scientific literature along with the research team, assessing the feasibility of biomarker implementation, and planning for future clinical trials. She has conducted research in laboratories studying neuroimaging and neuroimmunology laboratories. Kelly is immensely passionate about all things science and she is dedicated to ensuring that Aifred Health stays at the forefront of biomedical innovation.
Emily is a medical student at the University of Toronto, and graduated from McGill University with a BSc in Honours Neuroscience. During her undergraduate degree, she was involved in research investigating the biological correlates of anxiety and depression using electroencephalography, and developing an automated test battery for mouse models of schizophrenia. In addition, she has performed research investigating the influence of maternal immune activation during pregnancy as a risk factor for psychiatric disease using magnetic resonance imaging techniques in mice. She enjoys whimsical hashtags, communicating science, and learning from her wonderful colleagues.
With a passion for applying artificial intelligence-based technologies to medicine, Nykan is completing his Master's degree while studying the role of AI in neurosurgical simulation at McGill University. He also completed his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and neuroscience at McGill. At Aifred Health, Nykan is responsible for leading the product team and bridging the technological and clinical sectors of the company.
Steven Zhang is currently a graduate student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience studying the clinical pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease. Passionate for research, he has previously worked on projects ranging from novel drug development to treat glioblastomas to studying the neural mechanisms behind addiction using optogenetics. As well, he has worked in a biotechnology lab and taken numerous computer science classes at the undergraduate level. He strives to integrate his love for technology with his background in neuroscience to advance the field of mental health and neurodegenerative diseases.
Julie Manirath is studying for her Bachelor's in Computer Science. She works on the Product Team at Aifred Health.
Sabrina Knappe joined aifred health in May 2017. She has had past experience in graphic design and user experience design, most notably an internship at Polycom during the summer of 2017. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science, in the Computer Science stream. She hopes to lend an eye to the visuals of the product, to make tangible the incredible technology aifred is fostering.
As a Researcher for aifred’s Research team, Colleen is investigating predictors for antidepressant treatment response in major depressive disorder. She recently completed a BSc in Neuroscience at McGill University, during which she became involved in research ranging from auditory brain plasticity, to modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, to computational genetics, to social factors influencing the etiology of schizophrenia, with a particular interest in using computational tools to characterize alterations in neuroanatomy related to different disorders of the brain. In October 2017, Colleen will begin a PhD in Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Her research there will focus on exploring the neural basis of hallucinations in schizophrenia. Ultimately, her overarching goal is to translate research findings into clinical practice to make tangible improvements in patient care.
Christina, now an MSc candidate under the supervision of Dr. Cecilia Flores, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science Honours degree in Cognitive Science from McGill University. She completed two large research projects during that time, one with a focus in neurobiology and the other with a focus on the neural systems of addiction, as well as an exchange semester in Australia. She is immensely passionate about mental health and aspires to become an MD/PhD specializing neurology so as to provide evidence-based care to patients on a daily basis while also continuing to advance translational research.
Ellie is in her final year as an undergraduate in cognitive science with a minor in math at McGill University. She is hoping to pursue a PhD in neuroscience in the next couple years. As a part of the Aifred research team, she works on sifting through the scientific literature about predictors for treatment outcome in order to inform the machine learning program. She is also involved in a lab at the Montreal Neurological Institute investigating the dynamics of the Head Direction system in mice. Along with research, Ellie enjoys sharing her knowledge and excitement about learning through tutoring her peers.
Eunice You is a medical student at McGill University who is passionate by research. Over the years, she has pursued various projects ranging from environmental field studies to stem cell engineering, 3D-printing for bone scaffolds to bacterial microbots for tumour-targeting. Her research has been presented at several international science competitions and garnered many prestigious awards. She has also interned at the Montreal Neurological Institute and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and served as Vice-President NeuroSymposium.
Being involved in research from a young age also heightened her desire to give back to her community. She is involved in several student initiatives, from founding a hospital volunteering club to her work on the student-led outreach program BioMed Network.
Jingla is a recent graduate in Cognitive Science from McGill with a minor in Social Studies of Medicine. She currently works as a research assistant at the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience. Over the last few years she has developed a keen interest in work at the intersection of technology, neuroscience, and healthcare. As a member of the Aifred Health research team she continues to pursue this passion.
Myriam received her B.A. & Sc. in Honours Cognitive Science from McGill University. She is passionate about the neuroscience of mental health, and is pursuing that interest both in her work at Aifred and in her upcoming Ph.D. research, where she will be investigating predictors of response to anxiety treatments for geriatric populations.
Raymond You is passionate about healthcare and research. He has been in research since 2011, and has worked at various labs such as in a cancer lab at the Royal Victoria Hospital on gliomas brain tumours, a sleep laboratory, an endocrinology laboratory, and now is currently working with the Biosignal interaction and personhood technology lab (studying dementia).
He is also a graduate student, doing his Master’s in Physical Therapy at McGill University and has a bachelor in Exercise Science. He has worked with patients with various types of diseases and conditions.
Joseph is currently a graduate student studying data science at the University of Southern California, and recently completed a bachelor of science in cyber security. He is interested in building his skills in machine learning and artificial intelligence in order to apply those skills to predicting health outcomes and solving issues in healthcare delivery.
Caitrin is currently finishing her MSc in Computer Science at McGill University where she studies group knowledge in online social media. She previously completed a BA&Sc degree in Cognitive Science also at McGill. She’s very passionate about computational social science as well as carefully applying machine learning to health applications.
Sneha is MSc in Applied Computing student at the University of Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Honours Electrical Engineering and minored in Software Engineering. Her interests include applying machine learning to health and finance.
Tim received his bachelor in Neuroscience from McGill University. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Tim got involved with diverse research groups, ranging from global health research in Nairobi, Kenya to neurogenetics at the Montreal Neurological Institute to cognitive neuroscience at École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Tim is now completing a Master program in Philosophy of Science and Medicine at the University of Cambridge, focusing on the conceptual underpinnings of explanations in psychiatry and how the implementation of AI in mental health care will challenge these.
Marina (B.Sc.; McGill University) is a Neuroscience graduate student with the McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She has co-authored a number of publications investigating astrocyte and myelin integrity in postmortem brain tissue from suicide completers. As part of her graduate research, Marina is investigating neuroinflammation in suicide completers with a history of childhood abuse to better understand how cellular and molecular changes that occur in the brain as a result of severe childhood abuse affect depression and suicidal behaviour in adulthood. Ultimately, Marina finds truly empowering the possibility that through research we might be able to strip away the subjectivity and stigma associated with depression and suicide.
Chloe recently completed an Honours BA in Economics and International Development at McGill University and has a professional background in demand forecasting for a large multinational. She is passionate about health economics and has worked in the health domain in various capacities, including academic research, consulting for government, and working with an international NGO focusing on technology transfer of biomedical innovation from universities to the private sector.
Priyatharsan holds a M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering. His research studies focused on space dynamics and satellite navigation systems. During his research, he started exploring the aspects of integrating AI into the field of astrodynamics that led him to become an active data science enthusiast. He joined Aifred as a Machine Learning Engineer to learn more about the field as well as play a key role in applying AI to the field of mental health care.
Mohit is a business enthusiast in healthcare domain and a Chemical Engineer by profession. He is in final year of his MBA at McGill University. He spent 7 years of his pre-MBA career in marketing, business development and internal strategy roles in healthcare industry. At Aifred Health, he is responsible for commercialization of our products in chosen markets to create a positive impact in lives of patients.