IMAGINE would like to welcome
Emma Neary and Sophia Khan
as our newest Patient Research Partners!
Emma is a first-year medical student at Queen’s University and a Queen’s Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) alumni, as well as a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Having been diagnosed with IBD in 2014 and psoriatic arthritis in 2017, her first-hand experience as a patient with chronic illnesses has shaped her interests in the fields of medicine and research. Currently, she is researching the relationship between opioid receptors and pain signalling in the gut at the Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit (GIDRU) in Kingston, ON. as a student researcher.
Based in Calgary, Sophia lives with Crohn’s disease and neutropenia. Her journey through life has been immensely impacted by Crohn’s. She has experienced the myriad of treatments used to treat Crohn’s and understands the complexities of living with a chronic illness. Sophia is a patient advisor within the Digestive Health SCN Committee in Alberta and is pursuing advocacy work with Crohn’s and Colis Canada. Sophia joined IMAGINE with the intention to give back to the healthcare community. She hopes to be a voice that gives honest insight into the patient narrative.