Pedram Laghaei is a Doctor of Medicine Candidate at the University of British Columbia (2023) and a co-founder of CaMSIGN. He is deeply intrigued by the intricacies of the brain, investigations within neuroscience and neuro-oncology, and has a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the field of neurosurgery. Pedram hopes to fulfill the missions and visions of CaMSIGN through collaboration and communication.
Saman Arfaie is a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery Candidate at McGill University (2024). Previous & current research in neurodegeneration, brain tumors, and clinical projects has led Saman to the realization that neurosurgery is his calling. Passionate about the equitable representation of wide talents, Saman is a staunch advocate for diversity. As a co-founder of CaMSIGN, he is excited to be working vis à vis with a dedicated team and together embark on the creation of a new chapter for Canadian medical students.
Mohammad Mashayekhi is a Doctor of Medicine Candidate at University of British Columbia (2023). He has always remained fascinated by the inner workings of the human brain and aspires to continue his future trajectory in neurosurgery. He is excited to help connect all Canadian medical students interested in neurosurgery and provide opportunities for networking between medical students, surgical residents and faculty neurosurgeons.
Philip Kawalec is a third year medical student at the University of Manitoba’s Rady College of Medicine. Philip was first exposed to the field of Neurosurgery and intricacies of the nervous system after shadowing in his first year of medical school. Since then, his interest in the field has grown exponentially and he is delighted to be a part of CaMSIGN as the Social Media Director to help spread information and resources for other medical students exploring the career.
Benyamin Zargar is a first year medical student at Deakin University. He received his Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences with History minor) from Simon Fraser University. He is passionate about knowledge translation, research in neuro-oncology, and epigenetics of chronic diseases. As CaMSIGN's media team lead, he is excited to be part of this initiative and assist with ease of web access.
Emma Swan is a second year medical student at the University of British Columbia. Her background is medical biochemistry, but she became fascinated by the complexities of the nervous system early in her education. Attending CaMSIGN events throughout the first year of medical school deepened her interest in the field of neurosurgery. Emma is excited to join the CaMSIGN team as the internal communications officer and looks forward to sharing her passion with like-minded people.
Ndongo Sonfack Davaine Joel is a second year medical student at Laval University. Passionate about neuroscience and surgery, he joined CAMSIGN to be surrounded by students who like him share the same ambitions. As the French-speaking ambassador, Davaine is enthusiastic about the idea of bringing together French-speaking and English-speaking students around the same passion, which is neuroscience.
Abrar Ahmed is a current Doctor of Medicine Candidate at the Schulich School of Medicine at University of Western Ontario (2025). He is passionate about neuroscience especially the basic sciences (neurodevelopment, epilepsy, stroke, and neuro-oncology). He has a genuine interest in having a career in neurosurgery. Abrar is excited to help CaMSIGN grow as an organization through collaboration and writing.