Dr. Connie Schumacher | Scientist | connie.schumacher@lhins.on.ca

Connie is a Registered Nurse, receiving her BScN from the University of Windsor in 1990.  She has extensive clinical experience having worked in Cardiac Care, Emergency, and most recently in the community.  She was the first Rapid Response Nurse in the Province of Ontario, participating inProvincial education working groups and the Rapid Response Nurse Institute.  Her interests are in congestive heart failure, chronic disease management, patient education, and promoting evidence-based care in the home care sector.  She obtained her PhD in Nursing from Walden University in 2017, completing a qualitative grounded theory study on heart failure self-management in the community.  Connie is currently working as the Lead Clinical Coordinator for the DIVERT-CARE trial. 

Dr. Joanne Ho | Scientist | joanneho@mcmaster.ca

Joanne Ho is an internist, geriatrician and clinical pharmacologist who researches adverse drug events in the older individual using observational research and systematic review methodologies. She attended the University of British Columbia for her medical undergraduate degree and then completed residencies in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and clinical pharmacology at the University of Toronto. Her Masters of Science was completed at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation during which time she participated in the Department of Medicine Eliot Phillipson Clinician Scientist Training Program at the University of Toronto. Joanne Ho recently completed a research fellowship with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute through the University of Toronto Division of Geriatric Medicine and she is also an examiner with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology. Joanne Ho is currently affiliated with Grand River Hospital and recently joined the Department of Medicine at McMaster University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine. She is piloting GeriMedRisk, a geriatric pharmacology consultation and knowledge translation service for clinicians in the Waterloo-Wellington Region.

Dr. Andrew Costa | Scientist | acosta@mcmaster.ca

Dr. Costa is an Assistant Professor and Schlegel Research Chair in Clinical Epidemiology & Aging in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Department of Medicine at McMaster University. He also serves as the Research Lead at the School of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus. Dr. Costa’s research program promotes evidence-based care and health policy in seniors and geriatric care. His program of research makes use of health information and technology to develop better models of care and decision support systems in home and community care, and emergency departments.