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Current Forum Fellows

Our Fellows Program allows McMaster students to study evidence synthesis, deliberations and public engagement, and be exposed to influential doers and thinkers at Forum events and through internships at government ministries and international agencies such as the World Health Organization.

Forum Fellows 2017 - 2018


Fanny Cheng,

Fanny is entering her third year as a Bachelor of Health Sciences student specializing in Global Health. While she began her studies with a rather quixotic view of public health, she has since embraced its gritty complexities and adopted a more practical perspective. This transformation was aided by her volunteer commitments and her two summers with the Ontario Public Service, where she saw how policies and systems impact individual behaviours. She is particularly interested in both reproductive health and healthcare barriers for marginalized populations. Fanny looks forward to getting involved with the process of translating research to decisions, policies, and programs. She will spend the summer before preparing for the Fellowship with the Forum and the Impact Lab.

Fanny Cheng - Forum Fellow 2017
Puru Panchal - Forum Fellow 2017

Puru Panchal,

Puru is entering his third year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program as a Fellow at the McMaster Health Forum. Having specialized in global health, he seeks to explore opportunities in health policy and health-systems strengthening in the context of chronic diseases. With research interests in patient perspectives and cardiovascular disease, Puru hopes to apply skills from his clinical experience to address pressing public health challenges with the Forum.

As an active member of his community, Puru volunteers with various youth development organizations. His interests in global health stem from an appreciation of the socioeconomic factors that influence both patients and health systems. Looking forward, Puru hopes to increase student involvement at the Forum and pursue a career in healthcare as part of an interdisciplinary team.


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