THE PBL TEAM

About Us

We are Canadian researchers, clinicians, data scientists and developers. We wanted a way to show how our research and public health policy could affect people, their families and their community. We realized the algorithms that we create to predict disease risk in the community are just as accurate, if not more so, than the algorithms that we use in our clinics with patients. We quickly created an online calculator to demonstrate how healthy living affects a person's life expectancy, using the same approach that we use to assess how healthy living affects entire communities.

And then the server crashed….

We launched the website with the release of one of our research papers…. there were 50,000 users in the first 30 minutes and our servers crashed. Since then, we’ve had millions of people from over 200 countries use our calculators.  We’ve continued to make algorithms and use them to show people how their future health is affected by the present.

Core/Active Team

Dr. Doug Manuel, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Senior Scientist, Professor
Life Expectancy:
89
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Dr. Peter Tanuseputro, MHSc, MD

Assistant Professor
Life Expectancy:
88
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Carol Bennett, MSc

Epidemiologist
Life Expectancy:
94.7
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Sarah Beach, MSc

Research Assistant
Life Expectancy:
0
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Karen Pacheco, MSc

Research Assistant
Life Expectancy:
0
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
24

Yulric Sequeira

Lead Developer
Life Expectancy:
90
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Stacey Fisher, PhD

PhD Candidate
Life Expectancy:
90
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Mahsa Jessri, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Life Expectancy:
0
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
20

Amy Hsu, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow
Life Expectancy:
88
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Cameron Bell

UX Designer/Developer
Life Expectancy:
90
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Mélany Pelletier

Illustrator
Life Expectancy:
0
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
20

Meltem Tuna, PhD

Lead Analyst
Life Expectancy:
89
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Anan Bader Eddeen

Methodologist
Life Expectancy:
0
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
43

Rob Talarico

Analyst
Life Expectancy:
0
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Sarah Spruin

Analyst
Life Expectancy:
0
Sodium Intake:
0
Heart Age:
0

Emeritus Team Members

Richard Perez, MSc

Lead Methodologist
Life Expectancy:
0
Heart Age:
0
Sodium Intake:
0

Kasim Abdulaziz, MSc

Methodologist
Life Expectancy:
86
Heart Age:
0
Sodium Intake:
0

Current Collaborators

Mary L'Abbe, PhD

Professor
Life Expectancy:
0
Heart Age:
33.4
Sodium Intake:
0

Joanne Archand, PhD

Assistant Professor
Life Expectancy:
0
Heart Age:
0
Sodium Intake:
0

Dan Crouse, PhD

Research Associate
Life Expectancy:
88.4
Heart Age:
0
Sodium Intake:
0

Doug Manuel, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Life Exp: 89
Heart Age: 46

Dr. Doug Manuel (@doug_manuel) is a Medical Doctor with a Masters in Epidemiology and Royal College specialization in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. With his research team, he creates population risk assessment tools that can be used at the population level, in clinic or community settings. He is a Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa; and, a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Manuel has published over 150 research papers. He has worked as a primary care physician in rural, remote and underserviced communities across Canada for over 25 years.

Mary L'Abbe, PhD

Life Exp: 89
Heart Age: 46

Dr. L'Abbe is an expert in public health nutrition, nutrition policy, and food and nutrition regulations, with over 25 years experience and over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Joanne Arcand, PhD, RD

Life Exp: 89
Heart Age: 46

Dr. Arcand is a registered dietician and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto with clinical and public health expertise in dietary sodium and cardiovascular disease.

Peter Tanuseputro, MHSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC

Life Exp: 89
Heart Age: 46

Dr. Tanuseputro is a primary care physician and public health scientist with research interest in a population perspective for improving health care as people age and near the end-of-life.

Dan Crouse, PhD

Life Exp: 89
Heart Age: 46

Dr. Crouse is a Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick, with expertise in studying social and environmental determinants of health.