Benita Hosseini



Dr. Banafshe (Benita) Hosseini is a Research Scientist at the Upstream Lab, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the Upstream lab, Benita completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Montreal, where she contributed to several projects addressing the impact of dietary intervention on respiratory illnesses in children and adults. Her research focuses on a comprehensive approach to managing respiratory diseases, ranging from acute infections to chronic conditions such as asthma. The multifaceted exploration includes dietary interventions, application of diagnostic tools, and the implementation of AI solutions. Benita is particularly interested in translating these findings into actionable strategies to enhance respiratory health, especially within vulnerable populations. Currently, Benita is mainly working within the CanTreatCOVID research group. She has been directly involved in the rapid roll-out of the CanTreatCOVID study, which is a nationwide adaptive platform trial designed to identify effective and affordable medications for COVID-19 so they can be made readily available in community settings.