Welcome to the Thombs Research Team Website!

Dr. Brett Thombs is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, a Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital, Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care and Director of the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) and Director of the DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) Project.

Members of the Thombs Research Team work in three projects or areas: (1) SPIN, (2) the DEPRESSD Project, and (3) meta research and policy, which includes the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC), the development of an extension of the CONsolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement for trials conducted in cohorts and other routinely collected data, and other meta-research projects.

Each project group includes research coordinators, research assistants, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students who collaboratively work on various aspects of the projects. Check out the individual project sections to learn more about each project team and our current team members.

Latest News...


Congratulations to Maria Gagarine and Andrea Carboni-Jimenez on receiving funding for summer internships from MITACS and Scleroderma Society of Ontario  | 2020/04/02

This week, we learned that SPIN’s MSc students, Maria Gagarine and Andrea, both received funding from MITACS and partner funding from the Scleroderma Society of Ontario, for their summer internships with SPIN. Congratulations, Maria and Andrea!

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SPIN and DEPRESSD symposiums accepted to the Interdisciplinary Conference of Psychology | 2020/03/31

We are glad to share that SPIN’s symposium “Patient-centered Interdisciplinary Research in a Rare Disease Context: The Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN)” (chair: Danielle Rice, co-presenters: Sami Harb, Andrea Carboni-Jimenez, Lydia Tao) and DEPRESSD’s symposium, “Addressing challenges in evaluating depression screening tool accuracy via individual participant data meta-analysis” (chair: Yin Wu, co-presenters: Zelalem Negeri, Dipika Neupane, Parash Bhandari, Eliana Brehaut), are both accepted to the 9th Interdisciplinary Conference of Psychology, which will be presented online during May 7-9 due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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DEPRESSD Article featured in Mad in America | 2020/03/26

Congratulations to the DEPRESSD team, whose Journal of Clinical Epidemiology article was featured in Mad in America. The study, led by Brooke Levis, found that prevalence based on the PHQ-9 screening tool (at the standard cutoff of ≥ 10) was double (12% greater) prevalence based on a validated diagnostic interview for major depression, the SCID. No alternative PHQ-9 cutoff matched SCID prevalence consistently. Read more here.

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First SPIN-PACE study published in Disability & Rehabilitation | 2020/03/20

This week, the first study related to the SPIN - Physical ACtivity Enhancement (SPIN-PACE) project was published in Disability & Rehabilitation. This study, led by MSc student Sami Harb, used a formal consensus development method, the nominal group technique, in which people with scleroderma identified (1) barriers (challenges) to physical activity and (2) facilitators (strategies) to overcome challenges. Read more here.

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Congratulations Sami Harb, admitted to York University's graduate Clinical Psychology program | 2020/03/19

Sami Harb, a MSc student who is working with us on the SPIN-PACE project, will enter York University's MA-PhD Clinical Psychology program in September 2020. His MA thesis will address psychosocial oncology. Congratulations, Sami! 

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