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Dr. Sasha Bernatsky

Senior Scientist
Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
Department of Medicine (McGill)

Research Profile

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Outcomes in rheumatic diseases • pharmacoepidemiology • air pollution’s effects on health • systemic lupus erythematosus

Research Interests

Dr. Sasha Bernatsky is a James McGill Professor of Medicine at McGill University (divisions of rheumatology and clinical epidemiology), and senior scientist within the Centre for Health Outcomes Research at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, the Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program, and McGill’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department. She is nominated PI of CAN-AIM (CAnadian Network for Advanced Interdisciplinary Methods for comparative effectiveness research), a pan-Canadian group funded by the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN), a collaboration between CIHR, Health Canada, and other stakeholders. Working with Health Canada’s Marketed Health Products Directorate and other regulators, CAN-AIM studies high-priority drug safety and effectiveness topics, making essential contributions to Canada’s research capacity. She also mentors within CIHR’s Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training Program, preparing future leaders in this field.

Working with the SLE International Collaborating Clinics and the Canadian Network for Improved Outcomes in SLE, Dr. Bernatsky leads international initiatives including assessments of malignancy in SLE, and personalizing approaches to hydroxychloroquine therapy. She co-founded several collaborative networks, including the Canadian Rheumatology Administrative Data Network (CANRAD), focussing on optimal use of administrative data for research and surveillance. Studying rheumatic disease patterns with administrative data from across Canada, she contributed greatly to Public Health Agency of Canada’s work on rheumatic disease case validation, and helped the Canadian Institute for Health Information refine case definitions for federal research and surveillance. Affiliated with the McGill Environmental Epidemiology Research Group and the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium, she pioneered studies of air pollution and systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

Team Members

Name Position
Avila Machado, Marina Research Associate
Brasil, Celline Postdoc
Lukusa, Luck Data Analyst
Lee, Jennifer Research Assistant
Zhao, Naizhuo Research Associate
Dollinger, Jennifer Junior Assistant
Moura, Cristiano Research Associate
Wang, Jessica (Lifang) Research Coordinator
Kaddoura, Rima PhD Student
Neville, Autumn Research Coordinator

Latest Publications

  1. Elkhalifa, M., Orbai, A.-M., Magder, L. S., Petri, M., Alarcón, G. S., Gordon, C., Merrill, J., Fortin, P. R., Bruce, I. N., Isenberg, D., Wallace, D., Nived, O., Ramsey-Goldman, R., Bae, S.-C., Hanly, J. G., Sanchez-Guerrero, J., Clarke, A. E., Aranow, C., Manzi, S., Urowitz, M., Gladman, D. D., Kalunian, K., Werth, V. P., Zoma, A., Bernatsky, S., Khamashta, M., Jacobsen, S., Buyon, J. P., Dooley, M. A., Vollenhoven, R. V., Ginzler, E., Stoll, T., Peschken, C., Jorizzo, J. L., Callen, J. P., Lim, S., Inanc, M., Kamen, D. L., Rahman, A., Steinsson, K. & Franks, A. G. (2021). Anti-beta 2 glycoprotein I IgA in the SLICC classification criteria dataset. Lupus, p. 9612033211014248.
  2. Widdifield, J., Bernatsky, S., Pope, J. E., Kuriya, B., Barber, C. E. H., Eder, L., Ahluwalia, V., Ling, V., Gozdyra, P., Hofstetter, C., Lyddiatt, A., Paterson, J. M. & Thorne, C. (2021). Evaluation of Rheumatology Workforce Supply Changes in Ontario, Canada, from 2000 to 2030. Healthcare policy = Politiques de sante, vol. 16, p. 119-134.
  3. Deslauriers, S., Roy, J.-S., Bernatsky, S., Blanchard, N., Feldman, D. E., Pinard, A. M., Fitzcharles, M.-A., Desmeules, F. & Perreault, K. (2021). The burden of waiting to access pain clinic services: perceptions and experiences of patients with rheumatic conditions. BMC health services research, vol. 21, p. 160.
  4. Béliveau, A., Castilloux, A.-M., Tannenbaum, C., Vincent, P., de Moura, C. S., Bernatsky, S. & Moride, Y. (2021). Predictors of long-term use of prescription opioids in the community-dwelling population of adults without a cancer diagnosis: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ open, vol. 9, p. E96-E106.
  5. Chew, C., Reynolds, J. A., Lertratanakul, A., Wu, P., Urowitz, M., Gladman, D. D., Fortin, P. R., Bae, S.-C., Gordon, C., Clarke, A. E., Bernatsky, S., Hanly, J. G., Isenberg, D., Rahman, A., Sanchez-Guerrero, J., Romero-Diaz, J., Merrill, J., Wallace, D., Ginzler, E., Khamashta, M., Nived, O., Jönsen, A., Steinsson, K., Manzi, S., Kalunian, K., Dooley, M. A., Petri, M., Aranow, C., van Vollenhoven, R., Stoll, T., Alarcón, G. S., Lim, S. S., Ruiz-Irastorza, G., Peschken, C. A., Askanase, A. D., Kamen, D. L., İnanç, M., Ramsey-Goldman, R. & Bruce, I. N. (2021). Lower vitamin D is associated with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in systemic lupus: data from an international inception cohort. Rheumatology (Oxford, England).
  6. Cotton, T., Niaki, O. Z., Zheng, B., Pineau, C. A., Fritzler, M., Vinet, E., Clarke, A. E. & Bernatsky, S. (2021). Myositis in systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus, p. 961203320988587.
  7. Moura, C. S., Payette, Y., Boileau, C., Abrahamowicz, M., Pilote, L. & Bernatsky, S. (2021). Agreement in the CARTaGENE cohort between self-reported medication use and claim data. Chronic illness, p. 1742395320985913.
  8. Almeida-Brasil, C. C., Pineau, C. A., Vinet, E., Hanly, J. G., Peschken, C. A., Clarke, A. E., Fortin, P. R., Abrahamowicz, M. & Bernatsky, S. (2020). Predictors of unsuccessful hydroxychloroquine tapering and discontinuation: Can we personalize decision-making in systemic lupus treatment?. Arthritis care & research.
  9. Feldman, D. E., Zummer, M., Orozco, T., El-Khoury, J., Desmeules, F., LalibertÉ, M., Perreault, K., Grad, R., Woodhouse, L. & Bernatsky, S. (2020). Rheumatologists' Acceptance of Patient Referrals from Physical Therapists. Healthcare policy = Politiques de sante, vol. 16, p. 101-110.
  10. Venne, K., Scott, S., Bernatsky, S. & Vinet, E. (2020). Induced abortions in women with systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus, p. 961203320979741.
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