Building on the 7 year PREEMPT project led by Professors Magee and von Dadelszen at the University of British Columbia, PRECISE will work with the Global Women’s Health Research team at UBC to deliver the PRECISE programme of work.

Read more about PREEMPT here to see the fantastic programme of work that has been essential for the development of many components that make up PRECISE including CRADLE, miniPIERS, POM and more.

PRECISE team members based at UBC are;

Marianne Vidler

PRECISE Programme Manager

Marianne Vidler is responsible for research leadership, direction, management planning, and implementation of the five PRE-EMPT projects across multiple international research jurisdictions. Marianne manages the PRE-EMPT finances and sub-site agreements and ensures that contract deliverables, budget targets, timeline targets, and project activity targets are met. Marianne also provides oversight to UBC-based project staff and handles all human resources activities for the research group. Marianne is an active member of the CLIP team and assists in project co-ordination.

Marianne received a Bachelor of Arts (with honours) degree in Health Sciences and a Masters in Public Health at Simon Fraser University in 2011, where her research focused on the obstetric referral system in rural Mexico. Marianne has also recently completed her doctoral degree in Reproductive and Developmental Science and UBC. Her doctoral research focused on community knowledge, attitudes and practices related to obstetric care in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Maggie Woo Kinshella

PhD student (Nutrition)

Maggie Woo Kinshella is the Global health Research Coordinator with the PRE-EMPT project. Born and raised in Vancouver, Maggie obtained a MA in Cultural Medical Anthropology and a BA in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of British Colombia.

Maggie is passionate about global health, gender and reducing inequalities in health. As such, she has worked as a consultant in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver,  youth health across BC, maternal and child health in Ethiopia, sex-and-gender-based violence prevention in Western Kenya and with the intersection of food security and maternal and child health in rural Tanzania.  She speaks some Spanish, Cantonese Chinese, Amharic and KiSwahili.

Outside of work, Maggie enjoys cycling, reading SF/fantasy books and is an avid traveler and writer.

Kelly Pickerill

Research Coordinator

Kelly Pickerill is a Research Coordinator with the PRE-EMPT, PRECISE and PRECISE-DYAD projects, and has been involved with the coordination of PRECISE-DYAD and the PRECISE conceptual framework activities. She is passionate about maternal and reproductive health, gender (in)equality, and the environment.

Prior to joining PRE-EMPT, Kelly’s research concerned women’s work and health in Uganda’s small-scale fisheries. She has previously worked with a number of education and advocacy-focused initiatives based out of East Africa, and with community-led climate change research in the North. Kelly has a Master of Arts in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.

Akshdeep (Ash) Sandhu

Developer and statistician

Ash is a Developer and Statistician with the PRE-EMPT team. He graduated from UBC with a BSc in Statistics and CS. As a developer, he is working on creating applications for data collection and building robust pipelines to ensure database from various sources can communicate in synchrony. On the statistics side, he helps the senior statistician with a number of different projects ranging from predictive modelling to meta-analysis. Away from work, you can probably find him geeking out over some quality journalism on the fivethirtyeight website or running to (barely) catch the last ferry to Vancouver Island to get away from his computer.