David (MD.,CM., McGill) is a physician currently training to be a psychiatrist. He is pursuing residency and neuroimaging research at McGill as well a Masters in Neuroscience with a focus on computation at University College London. He also has significant experience in advocacy and policy work. At aifred health, he serves as the CEO and CMO, acting as the bridge between the Research and Machine Learning Teams.
Robert Fratila is a Co-Founder and CTO at aifred health. He is very passionate about combining medicine and AI throughout his work and research. His work as a software developer at the Montreal Neurological Institute, integrating state-of-the-art machine learning models in health care, specifically brain imaging, has given him lots of experience in finding efficient solutions to complex problems.
In his spare time, he has worked on several projects including a search engine, a brain-state classifier, full computer vision packages for autonomous underwater vehicles and a program that creates a predictive model for future patients diagnosed with Leukemia, just to name a few.
He has dedicated much of his time to giving workshops and talks about his work to student groups at McGill including the Neuroscience Undergraduates of McGill (NUM) and McGill Women in Computer Science (McWiCS). He is committed to spreading knowledge and demystifying the wonderful field of machine learning.
Sonia Israel is the Director of Scientific Partnerships for aifred. Nearing the end of her Honours Neuroscience degree at McGill University, Sonia co-founded aifred with the intention of enhancing the interface between leading research and mental health care. Her experience as a research student at the Montreal Neurological Institute has provided Sonia with insight towards the inter-professional approach that is necessary to optimally refine health care. She is the recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Quebec. Sonia’s thirst for innovation drives her to create and identify opportunities for collaboration in the psychiatric sector.
Kelly Perlman, a neuroscience student at McGill University, is a co-founder of aifred health. She 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. She has conducted several neuroimaging research projects, including the analysis of steering of gait in stroke patients using PET imaging, as well as the the computation of grey and white matter morphology in senior, world-class athletes using of anatomical and diffusion-weighted MRI. She is now a student researcher in a neuroimmunology laboratory at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Additionally, she is the VP external of McGill’s neurotechnology club (MENTAL), and is immensely passionate about all things science.
Emily is an Honours Neuroscience student at McGill. She is currently completing a research internship at Humboldt University in Berlin after a semester abroad at University College London, and will return to Montreal to complete her degree and honours research project. During her undergraduate degree, she has been involved in research regarding the biological correlates of anxiety and depression, as well as developing an automated test battery for mouse models of schizophrenia. She also serves as VP Communications for the McGill Enthusiasts of Neurotechnology et al (MENTAL), and correspondingly carries a passion for neurotechnology and its potential to improve lives.
Nykan recently completed his bachelor degree in biochemistry and neuroscience at McGill University. He is currently studying brain networks in the context of mood disorders at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Nykan also has considerable research experience in psychiatry including work on the cognitive and physiological effects of marijuana on teenagers at the UCLA Semel Institute.
With a passion for the applications of technology in psychiatry and medicine, Nykan develops and manages the aifred product in addition to the company website.
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.
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.
Ellie is in the process of completing an undergraduate degree in cognitive science with a minor in computer science at McGill University. She is extremely interested in pursuing research in the future. As a part of the Aifred research team, she works on 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 student at McGill majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Social Studies of Medicine. She’s always been passionate about research and its applications to healthcare. For the past year she’s been working as a research assistant at the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience based at the MNI where she developed an interest in the link between technology and neuroscience. In addition, recently she joined a neonatal neurology lab at the MUHC where she researches ways to treat and prevent brain damage in babies suffering from birth asphyxia.
Myriam is an Honours Cognitive Science student at McGill University. She has gained research experience in the neurocognition of music, neurodegenerative diseases and the cytoarchitecture of the human brain in Montreal and Paris. Recently, she spent time at the Kandel lab at Columbia University in New York City studying the neurobiology of stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is passionate about the neuroscience of mental health and plans to pursue that interest both in her work at aifred and in her upcoming Ph.D. research.
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.
Emmanuel is currently a PhD student at the Reasoning and Learning Lab in McGill, under the supervision of Joelle Pineau and Doina Precup. He is mainly interested in Machine Learning, especially Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning and mixing both, compiler design and implementation, programming as a topic.
Robert Brown has a BSc in computer science (2001) and a PhD in biomedical engineering (2008). Currently Robert is a post doctoral fellow at the Montreal Neurological Institute in Montreal, Canada. His current research interests include texture analysis, magnetic transfer ratio MR imaging as it relates to multiple sclerosis, and compressive sensing applications in magnetic resonance imaging.