New Faces, New Services

Your NL SUPPORT team continues to grow!

Over the last quarter, NL SUPPORT welcomed a number of very talented new staff members, bringing our complement of dedicated full- and part time staff up to six. These new faces bring with them new-to-us skills and expertise in patient-oriented research, letting us expand our slate of services for applied health researchers in the jurisdiction.

Allow us to introduce you to the latest additions to our team:

(Lidewij) Eva Vat

Training and Capacity Lead
Eva joined the NL SUPPORT team in January 2016. She is a Health Scientist and holds a Master's degree in Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences from the University of Amsterdam. Furthermore, she has 5 years’ experience working as a consultant with the Dutch Centre of Expertise for long term care. There she was involved in several projects with a patient-oriented focus. For NL SUPPORT she will undertake a needs assessment to identify what the education needs relating to patient-oriented research may be. She is looking forward to working together with researchers, patients, professionals and policymakers to increase the capacity in patient-oriented research. If you or your research team have questions about training possibilities or needs assistance on patient-oriented research, please contact Eva at or (709) 864-6654.

Melissa Power

Knowledge Translation Lead

Melissa joined the NL SUPPORT team in October 2015; she holds a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University and a Master's of Public Health from Memorial University. During her Master’s degree, she completed coursework in knowledge translation and conducted a research project using knowledge translation techniques. As NL SUPPORT’s Knowledge Translation Lead, Melissa looks forward to encouraging collaboration between researchers and knowledge users and assisting research teams in the dissemination and implementation of research findings. If you or your team have questions about knowledge translation or require assistance, please contact Melissa at or (709) 864-6692.

Satya-Newsletter.pngSatya Challa

Biostatistical Lead

Satya joined the team in October 2015; he holds a Master's in Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan (USask), with a specialisation in Applied Statistics. During his Master's program, he did statistical analytics for various key clinical and transportation projects. Before joining NL SUPPORT, Satya was working as a Research Assistant under
Dr.Daniel Fuller at USask's School of Public Health.Satya's expertise is in advanced statistical modelling, with strong technical skills in SAS. He brings in more than 5 years of experience in statistical analysis, strategic planning and evaluation with global healthcare organisations. Well-armed with tools to accurately examine, analyse and evaluate all health related data, he is eagerly looking forward to collaborating with researchers engaged in patient-oriented research projects to understand the intricacies of population health for better health outcomes. If you need assistance with your project, you can contact him at or 709-864-2887

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