Dominic Igbelina
MSc in Global Health Policy
London School of Economics and Political Science (Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park and Rotary Club of Hendon), 2020-21
Dominic has a strong passion for addressing challenges in the area of disease treatment and prevention. He received a Global Grant Scholarship to support his Master of Science (MSc) degree in Global Health Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE). The MSc program helps students develop deeper and conceptual understandings of global health issues, as well as the analytical skills to provide viable solutions to shared health concerns.
During his scholarship period, Dominic researched pharmacotherapeutic and psychotherapeutic treatment modalities for Body Dysmorphic Disorder. He also supported rare disease research in juvenile dermatomyositis and idiopathic myopathies in his capacity as Study Coordinator for the Juvenile Dermatomyositis Cohort Biomarker Study and Repository (JDCBS), based out of the University College London.
Following his scholarship period, Dominic joined the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti as an Evidence Synthesis Specialist, initially supporting research on Children with Disabilities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.
Prior to becoming a Global Grant Scholar, Dominic completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Theology from the University of Alberta (2016), as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Calgary (2019). While at the University of Alberta, Dominic served as president of the UAlberta chapter of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), a non-profit dedicated to ending Canada’s HIV pandemic through research and awareness. As president, Dominic focused primarily on leading awareness campaigns, as well as raising funds to support HIV-related research projects. He was also invited to speak at public events and nursing classes as an educator, and spent time volunteering at an HIV orphanage and primary school in Sumpango, Guatemala. He also volunteered as a Rehabilitation Aide with the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI), where he assisted clients, who had sustained traumatic brain injuries, with their specialized physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language therapy programs.

Looking towards the future, Dominic hopes to continue problem-solving in the health space. He is energized by health research and innovation. His long-term goals center chiefly around researching and developing health technology solutions for low- and middle-income countries.
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