Faculty & School/Dept.
Faculty of Health - School of Health Policy & Management
B.Sc. - 1994
Electrical Engineering, Politehnica University
Ph.D. - 2001
Bioengineering, Politehnica University
M.Sc. - 1995
Electrical Engineering, Politehnica University
Prof. Serban Dinca-Panaitescu (PhD Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, 2001) has a multidisciplinary background with an emphasis on biomedical engineering and health informatics.
Dr. Dinca-Panaitescu's contribution has been in the mechanisms of sudden cardiac death in normal hearts of people under chronic mental stress. This body of work involved clinical trials conducted in a multidisciplinary team of physicians, biophysicists, and clinical engineers combining invasive and non-invasive methods to study the sympathetic control of ventricles in subjects and patients under mental stress, pharmacological blockade and pacing. He had developed algorithms to monitor and analyze physiological signals (electrocardiogram and electroencephalogram) with clinical applications. This work lead to one book, 10 refereed research papers, and 25 abstracts and communications in this area.
Investigating social determinants of health
Dr. Dinca-Panaitescu's contribution has been in the analysis of various health outcomes within a complex conceptual framework that takes into account the role of marginalization in health care, health promotion and individual development and importance of autonomy and inclusion in decision making. This body of work includes studies using large Canadian datasets (e.g. National Population Health Survey, Canadian Community Health Survey) funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Grounded in complex quantitative approaches and statistical modeling, these studies examined the relationships between diabetes and socioeconomic and behavioural factors.
Other research interests include medical equipment, health information systems and e-health.
Books and Monographs
Negoescu R., Dinca-Panaitescu S: Electrocardiographyc monitoring of cardiac sympathetical control (in romanian). Ed. AISTEDA, Bucharest, Romania ISBN 973-85321-2-4 (167 pages), 2001
1. Negoescu, R., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., Ionescu, D.D. (2015) Neurocardiology of a paradox – Sudden cardiac death corde indemno: mechanism and prevention. Romanian Medical Journal LXII (2):17-18.
2. Ahmad, F., McKenzie, K., Ledwos, C., Shakya, Y., Rashid, M., Lou, W., Ng, P., Ginsburg, L., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., (2015) Interactive Client Assessment Survey (iCCAS) for Common Mental Disorders: A Pilot in Community Health Center Serving Vulnerable Communities. E-Health Conference, Torornto
3. Dinca-Panaitescu, M., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., Bryant, T., Daiski, I. Pilkington, B. & Raphael, D. (2012). The dynamics of the relationship between poverty experience and type 2 diabetes: Longitudinal Results From Canada's National Population Health Survey. Maturitas, 72(3):229-35
4. Raphael, D., Daiski, Pilkington, B., Bryant, T., Dinca-Panaitescu, S, & Dinca-Panaitescu, M. (2012). A toxic combination of poor social policies and programmes, unfair economic arrangements, and bad politics: The experiences of poor Canadians with Type 2 Diabetes. Critical Public Health, 22(2):127-145.
5. Pilkington, F.B., Daiski, I., Lines, E., Bryant, T., Raphael, D., Dinca-Panaitescu, M., & Dinca-Panaitescu, S. (2011). Type 2 diabetes in vulnerable populations: Community healthcare providers’ perspectives of health service needs and policy implications. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 35(5), 503-511.
6. Dinca-Panaitescua, S., Dinca-Panaitescu, M., Bryant, T., Daiski, I. Pilkington, B. & Raphael, D. (2011). Diabetes prevalence and income: Results of the Canadian Community Health Survey. Health Policy 99, 116–123.
7. Pilkington, F. B., Daiski, I., Bryant, T., Dinca-Panaitescu, M., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., & Raphael, D. (2010). The experience of living with diabetes for low-income Canadians. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 34(2), 119-126.
8. Tefera B., Evans J., Wainer L., Khan A., Nattimba Z., El Morr C., Dinca-Panaitescu S.(2008) Electronic Discharge Summaries: Physician Views and Perceptions Proc. E-Health 2008: Extending the Reach
9. Negoescu, R.M, Dinca-Panaitescu, S. (2008) Cardiovascular Bioengineering: Cross-Spectra of RR and QT Interval Series May Disentangle Sympathetic Drive to Ventricles under Mental Stress, BIOINGTEH - Exploratory Workshop, Advanced Materials & Technologies in Biology and Medicine, Poiana Braşov, Romania
10. Negoescu, R.M, Dinca-Panaitescu, S. (2007) Engineering RR and QT variability to detect risk of, and to prevent sudden death in corde indemno, asymptomatic subject. Revista Medico-Chirurgicala a Soc. Med., 3 (2), 16-17.
11. Dinca-Panaitescu M., Dinca-Panaitescu S., Lee J. (2007): Simulation of the cumulative effects of chemical spills using a spatial-temporal dynamics analysis algorithm. Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 149, p. 707-719
12. Negoescu R., Dinca-Panaitescu S., Achim A. (2007): Long time-constant in the RR-QT system: prevention of sudden death should extend to borderline QT individuals, Proc. Euro 2007 Prevent
13. Negoescu R., Boanta F., Dinca-Panaitescu S. (2007): Spectral QT-LF tests positively as a pointer to ventricular sympathetic drive under hypobaric hypoxia, Proc. Euro 2007 Prevent
14. Negoescu, R.M, Dinca-Panaitescu, S. (2006): Mining RR and QT variability to detect risk and prevent sudden death in asymptomatic subjects. Integrating Biomedical Information: From E-cell to E-patient, Assa Reichert ed, IOS Press, p 214-216
15. Negoescu R., Dinca-Panaitescu S. (2006): Mining RR And QT Variability To Detect Risk And Prevent Sudden Death In Asymptomatic Subjects, Proc. ROMEDINF
16. Negoescu R., Dinca-Panaitescu S. (2006): Spectral QT Variability As A Pathognomonic For Sudden Death In Non-Cardiac Subjects Under Mental Stress, Proc. Euro 2006 Prevent, p. 523.
Other Research Outputs
eHealth Seminar Series, Faculty of Health
National Institutes of Health Informatics
VPRI-sponsored York Seminar for Advanced Research award. - 2012
Currently available to supervise graduate students: Not Indicated
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Not Indicated
Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Not Indicated
He conducts research in medical informatics with emphasis on computer processing of physiological signals. His major research contributions are in the fields of preventive cardiology and developing software aiming at detecting the cardiovascular dysfunction in the sub-clinical phase.
Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):
CV of Serban Dinca-Panaitescu