Christopher McCabe


PACEOMICS project leader
Christopher McCabe, PhD
Research Director, Capitol Health Endowed Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Alberta Hospital 1G1.42,
8440-112th Street Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2B7
Phone: +780-492-4202

Twitter: @MccabeCJM


Professor Christopher McCabe is a health economist and Principal Investigator on PACEOMICS. His primary research interest is in the development of efficient research and development processes for biotherapies and devices in the context of value based reimbursement market access hurdles.  He has published over 100 hundred peer reviewed papers, book chapters and monographs. He holds a Capital Health Endowed Research Chair at the University of Alberta, having previously held Chairs at the Universities of Leeds, Warwick and Sheffield. He continues to hold a Visiting Chair at the University of Leeds. He has acted as a consultant for public and private sector organizations in Europe, North America and Australasia; most notably with NICE in the United Kingdom, with whom he had various roles between 2003 and 2011.

About Chris’s Team

L-R Front Row:
Benoit Kudinga, Christopher McCabe, Samprita Chakraborty, Lorna Skaley
L-R Back Row:
Philip Akude, Michael Paulden, Klemens Wallner
Absent from Photo:
Mira Singh, Negar Razavilar

PACEOMICS Project Manager
Mira Singh, MA

Mira Singh is the PACEOMICS Project Manager, based with Dr. McCabe’s team at the University of Alberta but responsible for co-ordination, monitoring and reporting of all PACEOMICS activities. Mira has 12 years experience in health research. Her personal research interest is in using qualitative research methodologies to gain additional insights into a wide range of research issues.

Senior Research Associate
Mike Paulden, BSc, MA

Mike Paulden is a Senior Research Associate in Christopher McCabe’s research group at the University of Alberta. Mike’s has pursued both applied and theoretical research around the economic evaluation of health care technologies.  After completing his Masters at the University of York in the UK, he worked at the Centre for Health Economics at York before taking up a position at Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative at the University of Toronto.   Mike has made important contributions to the literature on: (a) the perspective on social choice adopted by decision makers, (b) the cause and effect of future growth in the cost-effectiveness threshold and (c) the rate of time preference for health implied by health sector budget allocations. Mike’s PhD research is concerned with the legitimacy of the use of social preference data in health care reimbursement and the implications for good practice in the design of social preference studies.

Research Assistant/PhD candidate
Benoit Kudinga, BA, MSc

Benoit Kudinga is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta, and a research assistant in  Dr. McCabe’s research group. From 2001 to 2008, Benoit worked as a lecturer in economics at the University of Kinshasa and consultant at the Central Bank of Congo. He is currently working on issues in the modeling of health state preference data and the evaluation of transfers between Nursing Homes and Emergency Departments in Alberta and British Columbia. Benoit’s work on the modeling of preference data will contribute to the design of preference surveys in Workstream One.

PhD Student
Philip Akude, MSc

Philip is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta  and a research assistant Dr. McCabe’s research group. He previously worked as a a tax adviser in KPMG, Ghana. His current research focuses on optimizing the use of diagnostic and monitoring tests for personalized medicine. Philip is developing the cost effectiveness model for the ELF (Enhanced Liver Fibrosis) Test, which is one of the case study technologies in PACEOMICS.

Research Assistant
Klemens Wallner, BA

Klemens Wallner has been a research assistant in Dr. McCabe’s research group since May 2012. He previously worked for SMART technologies in Nova Scotia.  His primary research focus is the efficient design of research and development processes for stem cell technologies, using beta cell transplantation in Type 1 Diabetes as the primary example. His is now collaborating with researchers at the University of British Columbia to combine probabilistic models of stem cell processing with models of costs and outcomes of treatment to inform early stage R&D planning.

Research Assistant/PhD Candidate
Samprita Chakraborty, MSc

Samprita is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta  and a research assistant Dr. McCabe’s research group Her main interest lies on cost–effectiveness analysis and its use in health care reimbursement decisions. Currently she is working on constructing a probabilistic M/P cost models for cell therapies for Type 1 Diabetes, as part of a program of research funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. This work will feed into the case study analyses of PACEOMICS.

Research Assistant/PhD Candidate
Negar Razavilar, MA

Negar is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta and is working as a Research Assistant in Professor McCabe’s research group. She has previously worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta and at York University. Negar’s research focuses on cost-effectiveness modelling and economic causes and consequences of health behaviors. She is currently working on the cost-effectiveness analysis model of treatments for Hepatitis C.