Nicole Yada is taking on an ambitious new portfolio as Program Director of a pan-Canadian consortium called Accelerating Clinical Trials (ACT).
She will be overseeing the combined efforts of hundreds of researchers, patient-partners, biotechnology industry, government, and healthcare professionals across Canada to improve the efficiency and speed of clinical trials.
Working out of PHRI – which is the ACT coordinating centre and CIHR grant host institution – Nicole works closely with ACT’s nominated principal applicant, PHRI Senior Scientist PJ Devereaux, and his fellow ACT operating committee members.
Nicole has spent the past 3 years working at ICES in various roles: first as Manager, Partnerships, Health Data Research Network Canada; and then as Senior Manager, Business Development.
Prior to that, she managed health system partnerships at Ontario Health (Quality) and the Population Health Analytics and Evaluation team at Trillium Health Partners.
Nicole holds a master’s degree in health informatics from McMaster University and is completing her PhD in Health Services Research at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Her research centers around applying design thinking to complex topics in bioethics, such as informed consent. Nicole trained as a graphic designer in Tokyo, Japan and has a background in marketing and journalism.
A big PHRI welcome to Nicole; we look forward to your vital work in ACT over the months and years to come!