About Us: This is REAL

Who We Are

Like all good COVID-19 work, this project is moving forward because of the dedication and compassion of REAL people. Our team works daily alongside public and private sector health system leaders. We are proud of our exceptional REAL Team.

Our Work

The following initiatives are powered by the REAL Platform:

Evidence Synthesis Network

  • A collaborative COVID-19 response initiative by Ontario’s research and knowledge production community, we collectively offer relevant and timely synthesized research evidence to inform decision-makers as the pandemic continues.

Science Table

  • The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table is a group of scientific experts and health system leaders who evaluate and report on emerging evidence relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, to inform Ontario’s response. Additional partners include the Ontario COVID-19 Modelling Consensus Table. They are a group of scholars and professionals who are using advanced modelling methodologies to generate estimates around incidence, prevalence, and the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario and its impact on health and the health system. The Science Tables mandate is to provide weekly summaries of relevant scientific evidence for the COVID-19 Health Command Table of the Province of Ontario, integrating information from existing scientific tables, Ontario’s universities and agencies, and the best global evidence. The Science Table summarizes its findings for the Health Command Table and for the public in Science Briefs.

REAL is a proud supporter of CanCOVID

  • CanCOVID is an expert network of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country. Canada’s Chief Science Officer mandated the creation of CanCOVID to expedite communication and collaboration between the scientific, healthcare and policy communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

How to Engage with REAL

Help us.
Voice your concerns. Whether you are a healthcare provider, a business manager or a private citizen, chances are that COVID is sparking new health and care related choices.

Help you.
Cut through fear and bias to make best-for-now decisions on how you live, work and lead. Fueled by your questions, our REAL NOTES curate reliable research sources to summarize just the facts.

Help others.
Challenge COVID with the power of knowledge. Share. Public health is our health. Tell others & keep it REAL.

Leadership Team

  • Dr. Julia Zarb

    Asst. Professor at IHPME, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Academic and Managing Director of REAL CanCOVID

  • Dr. Vivek Goel

    Professor at IHPME, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Network Scientific Advisor, REAL CanCOVID

  • Dr. Susan Law

    Senior Scientist at Trillium Health Partners Knowledge Mobilization Lead, REAL CanCOVID

  • Dr. Karim Keshavjee

    Asst. Professor at IHPME, University of Toronto Technology and Process Design Consultant



  • Haris Lutvica

  • Sanjana Sundaram

  • Kaitlin James

  • Rebecca Plouffe

  • Aileen Mulroy

  • Rishi Shah

  • Devin Nagami

  • Shahrzad Motaghi

  • Karen Miranda

  • Ritika Bajaj

  • Katherine Kresta

  • Julianna Charles

  • Mahdi Kayhani

  • Kurdo Araz

  • Nadine Eltayeb

  • Seamus Mulroy


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