About Alaina

I am currently a Masters level Health Services Research student in eHealth Innovation and Information Management at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and a coordinator for Web and Digital Innovation at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

My love for biology and health was sparked in secondary school, leading me to complete a Bachelor of Science in medical anthropology at Laurentian University in 2007 and a postgraduate certificate in Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion at Centennial College in 2009.

As I studied health, my personal time was often spent behind a computer screen. Growing up in a gold-mining-turned-paper-milling town along the 50th parallel in Northern Ontario was an isolating experience. Getting access to the internet opened up a whole new world of people that I could not have met otherwise. In 2000, I joined a forum that instantly gave me the feeling of belonging. The people were just like me and, more importantly, they listened.

In 2010 I started working at the Princess Margaret, which has led me to a burgeoning career in consumer health informatics. In particular, my interests lie in the role the social web plays in health.

Find out more about me by:

  • Viewing a detailed version of my experience at Linked In.
  • Following my day-to-day adventures on Twitter.
  • Check out my research activities on Research Gate.
  • Emailing me at alaina(dot)cyr(at)gmail(dot)com.
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