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