Dr. Rosemin Kassam receives Dean’s Convocation Medal
As one of SFU’s most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Rosemin Kassam is being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Kassam on her outstanding achievements.
Dr. Rosemin Kassam began her PhD in Health Sciences at SFU following a distinguished 25 year career in health care. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in 1995, and joined UBC in 1999 as an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She received her Associate Professor with tenure in 2006, and shortly after in 2011 moved to the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Population and Public Health.
Dr. Robert Hogg, her supervisor, says, “Dr. Kassam told me when she started her PhD at SFU that she wanted to master advanced research skills in order to have a more transformative impact on her chosen field and her graduate students. While completing her SFU degree, she maintained her professional and Faculty responsibilities, making a substantial contribution and impact. She has remained driven throughout her doctoral program, achieving a stellar performance in all her courses and an outstanding CGPA of 4.33.”
Dr. Kassam was one of the pioneers to transition the practice of pharmacy to patient-centered care in Canada, for which she earned a Lifetime Service Award from the Pharmacy Practice and Drugstore Canada National in 2011 and the Ben Gant Award for Innovation in Practice and Profession from the British Columbia Pharmacy Association in 2010.
Her most recent global health research includes interrupting the pathway to sepsis in children in Bangladesh, improving access to antimalarials for children under five years of age in Uganda, and reducing childhood undernutrition in India. Her thesis, Caregivers’ Treatment-Seeking Behaviors for Malaria in Children Five and Under: A Field Study in Uganda’s Butaleja District, aimed to identify community-based interventions for improving access and use of effective antimalarials in children. The work has since been presented at scientific conferences and published in several high-impact journals.
She says, “I was drawn to this field of research when I realized that 30–40,000 children annually die of malaria in Uganda, despite international efforts over the last two decades to reduce the burden of malaria in children.”