Participant Testimonials

Sep 27 - Sep 29, 2013

The conference brought together people from academia and government and in very diverse backgrounds - mathematical modeling of infectious disease and aboriginal / First Nations health researchers. I gained an enormous amount of insight into how these methods can be useful in the specific context of aboriginal health. I also met researchers and graduate students that I would never had had an opportunity to meet, and I think some of these contacts will be very useful in the future. Thank you very much for hosting this opportunity.

Kathryn Morrison Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University

Thanks for your email. We had a wonderful time at BIRS and a very productive meeting. BIRS really is a beautiful facility. Thank you to you and your team for making the arrangements and for ensuring that the meeting ran smoothly. The food and accommodation were great and all of the participants seemed to really enjoy their stay. The only problem we encountered was with the A/V equipment. A macbook was left for us to use so that we could project presentations but the correct attachments to connect the macbook to the projector were not left for us. Luckily someone else had a Windows laptop and we used that.

Katya Richardson The Centre for Disease Modelling, York University

I did really enjoy my time in Banff both for the atmosphere locale, food etc and for the content of our session. I learned a lot, made new professional connections, and developed some new ideas re research around indigenous health. I will be developing these with my colleagues and using them in my work in the future. I also thank Jianhong Wu, Seyed Moghadas, Michael Li and the others involved in organizing this workshop.

Don Sutherland Consultant Global Public Health

Thank you very much for your message and for your great efforts on governing BIRS. I greatly enjoyed the workshop, both the scientific part and excellent venue. The workshop provided a great opportunity for exchange in ideas and fruitful discussion, as well as for most pleasant personal interactions. All this is very valuable for my research program. I wish you all the best in carrying on your important mission of supporting research.

Marina Ulanova Medical Sciences, Northern Ontario School of Medicine