Name: Maria Gagarine

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Position: MSc student


Maria completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa and is currently completing her Master of Science degree in Public Health. Her passion for scleroderma research was inspired by her mom’s diagnosis and she hopes to make a difference within the scleroderma community through the opportunity to work with the SPIN team. Maria is conducting a scoping review on oral health within scleroderma as her practicum MScPH project, as well as assisting the SPIN team in other research, for example the SPIN COVID-19 study and the SPIN-CHAT trial.


- Mitacs Accelerate Internship ($15,000) funding with partner Scleroderma Society of Ontario, 2020

- Academic Award for Nu Sigma Pi Sorority – Highest GPA. University of Ottawa, 2017 & 2019

- Dean’s Honour List. University of Ottawa, 2015-2019

- Admission Scholarship ($3,000). University of Ottawa, 2015-2019 (awarded yearly)


Usichenko T, Janner H, Gagarine M, Pavlovic D, Hahnenkamp K. Mechanisms of “cough-trick” for pain relief during venipuncture – a randomized crossover investigation in healthy volunteers. Pain Research and Management [Internet]. 2019 Dec. DOI: 10.1155/2019/9459103.

Kegel F, Sne N, Rice T, Joy E, Shahsavar S, Collins C, Gagarine M, et al. Independent health facility meets Cancer Care Ontario and Canadian Association of Gastroenterology guidelines for endoscopic procedure wait times while meeting quality indicators, a retrospective review. Cad J Gastroenterology and Hepatology [Internet]. 2018 Jun. DOI: 10.1155/2018/4708270


Gagarine M, Konkle A.T.M. Tweeting about Lyme Disease: A Social Media Content Analysis. Fourth Year Honours Project. Poster presented at Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences annual 4th year Poster Presentation Day, Ottawa, Ontario, April 2019.