Canada Research Chair in Economics of Infectious Diseases and Director, Health Modeling & Health Economics and Population Health Economics Research at THETA (Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative).
Current Position and Professional Functions
- Canada Research Chair in Economics of Infectious Diseases
- Director, Health Modeling & Health Economics and Population Health Economics Research (PHER), THETA
- Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
- Associate Professor and Faculty Lead HTA program, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto
- Adjunct Scientist, Public Health Ontario
- Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
- Adjunct Faculty, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, York University
- Faculty Associate, Canadian Centre for Health Economics (CCHE)
- Editorial Board member, Medical Decision Making
- Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI), University Health Network
- Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), U of T
- ICES UofT, Primary Care & Population Health Research Program
- Public Health Ontario (PHO)
Education and Training
- Beate completed her degree in Nursing (RN) in Germany and received postgraduate degrees in Business Administration (MBA) from Germany, Economics of Development (MEcDev) from the Australian National University, a Doctorate in Health Services Research (PhD) from the University of Toronto, and postdoctoral training in Public Health Policy.
Research Interests and Expertise
- Dr. Sander’s areas of expertise include health economics, decision analysis and simulation, infectious disease epidemiology, and population health decision-making. Beate’s current research focuses on economic evaluation, ranging from methods development to applied research on infectious diseases. She is leading large multidisciplinary international teams evaluating Zika and West Nile virus (WNv) mitigation strategies using data-driven simulation models, and estimating the burden of infectious diseases (C.difficile, S.pneumoniae, hepatitis, WNv, Lyme disease) using linked population-based data. She has spearheaded the linkage of laboratory and reportable disease data with administrative data, enabling novel approaches to study the burden of infectious diseases. Beate has received several awards recognizing research excellence.
- Beate provides scientific advice to decision makers and serves on scientific working groups and advisory bodies, including Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) Review, and the National West Nile virus task force.
- Dr. Sander is the Faculty Lead for the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) program at IHPME, and enjoys teaching a popular graduate course on clinical decision making and cost-effectiveness at IHPME.