Remembering two friends of AllerGen
AllerGen NCE extends its deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crash, which occurred on January 8, 2020, in Tehran, Iran.
Two valued contributors to the AllerGen network were among the 63 Canadians who perished.
Zeynab Asadi Lari
Zeynab Asadi Lari was a promising 4th-year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga and a dedicated member of the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH), an initiative established by AllerGen’s Legacy partner, The Sandbox Project.
The YCRH represents youth between the ages of 15-30 from across Canada in wide-ranging issues related to the health and well-being of young people.
Ms. Asadi Lari joined the YCRH in 2018 and was about to begin her first term as the YCRH’s representative on the CHILD Cohort Study Knowledge Mobilization Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
Forough Khadem held a PhD in immunology from the University of Manitoba and worked as a Business Development Specialist at Mitacs – a non-profit organization that works with partners in industry, academia and government to support research-based innovation.
In May 2018, Dr. Khadem participated in a Mentoring Dinner for AllerGen trainees at the 2018 Trainee Symposium in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dr. Khadem shared with trainees her advice and insights on how to build a unique skill set that would help them achieve rewarding careers while giving back to their communities.
Trainees commented that Dr. Khadem’s warm, enthusiastic support was a highlight of the event.
The AllerGen family, along with Canadians and the global community, are deeply saddened by the loss of Ms. Asadi Lari, Dr. Khadem, and each of the exceptional individuals who were victims of this tragedy.