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Program Management

Program directors and managers at PHRI are responsible for end-to-end management of studies – from site assessment and initiation, through to site close-out and study followup and publication.

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Sumathy Rangarajan

Program Director

Sumathy Rangarajan
Program Director

Sumathy Rangarajan has been Program Director, Global Health, since 2016, preceded by many years’ service at PHRI in other roles. She oversees the PURE study team, as well as the INVICTUS rheumatic AF treatment trial, the CANPWR pediatric weight management registry, and others.

She holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science degree from Pune University in India.

Tara McCready

Program Director

Tara McCready
Program Director

Tara McCready, PhD, oversees a variety of collaborative programs at PHRI, and serves as Project Manager for PHRI research studies and registries.

She was recruited to PHRI as a Program Director for the Canadian Network and Centre for Trials Internationally (CANNeCTIN), a national network funded by the CIHR/CFI Clinical Research Initiative program to improve the prevention and treatment of cardiac and vascular diseases and diabetes.

Previously the Executive Director of the Canadian Maternal, Infant, Child and Youth Research Network, Tara holds a PhD in Biochemistry and a MBA in Technology Commercialization from the University of Alberta.

Jessica Vincent

Program Director

Jessica Vincent
Program Director

Jessica Vincent has more than 15 years’ experience in coordinating and managing large, international clinical trials. As Associate Program Manager, she oversees interventional trials, registries, and observational research studies in the areas of perioperative medicine, cardiac surgery, and digital health.

She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree from Queens University, and a Master of Clinical Epidemiology Degree from the University of Newcastle.

Dipika Desai

Program Manager

Dipika Desai
Program Manager

Dipika Desai oversees many epidemiologic studies, including the South Asian birth cohort, START, the South Asian Heart Risk Assessment (SAHARA), and the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds (CAHHM), as well as management assistance and oversight in the utilization of samples from a number of other studies.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition from the M S University in Baroda, India, and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia.

Jessica Tyrwhitt

Program Manager

Jessica Tyrwhitt
Program Manager

Jessica Tyrwhitt has more than 10 years’ experience in coordinating and managing large, international clinical trials. She oversees interventional trials, registries, and observational research studies looking at primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in a variety of therapeutic areas, including cardiology, thrombosis, nephrology, cardio-oncology and diabetes.

She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree & Business from the University of Waterloo.

 

Amanda Taylor

Associate Program Manager

Amanda Taylor
Associate Program Manager

Amanda Taylor is an Associate Program Manager who currently coordinates trials in stroke, and has experience conducting trials in acute coronary syndrome and arrhythmia. Amanda joined PHRI in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Neurobiology from Brock University.

Valerie Harvey

Associate Program Manager

Valerie Harvey
Associate Program Manager

Valerie Harvey is an Associate Program Manager with more than 12 years’ experience in clinical research at PHRI. She currently coordinates and manages interventional trials and observational studies in Digital Health in the areas of perioperative medicine and cardiac surgery. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Biological Sciences from Brock University.

Statistics

Data analytics and data management teams operate within the Statistics department, with the overarching mission to identify, develop and apply sound biostatistical foundations essential for methodological excellence.

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Dr Shrikant Bangdiwala
Dr Shrikant Bangdiwala
Shrikant Bangdiwala

Director, Statistics; Senior Scientist

Shrikant Bangdiwala
Director, Statistics; Senior Scientist

Shrikant Bangdiwala, PhD, has extensive experience in the design, conduct and analysis of multi-center observational and experimental studies, having worked on clinical and community-based randomized controlled trials in congestive heart failure, cardiovascular risk factors, functional bowel disease, and obesity prevention. His statistical research interests include non-parametric methods, methodology for clinical trials, reliability and validity of diagnostic tests, and graphical methods for descriptive analyses.

A Professor in McMaster University’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, he is a former Fulbright senior specialist in global public health, and holds faculty positions in universities in Chile, South Africa and India.

He is a member of the USA NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) “COVID-19 Preventive mAb Data and Safety Monitoring Board” (DSMB) that will be reviewing and monitoring the US government-supported clinical trials of candidate preventive monoclonal Antibodies for SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. He also chairs the Multinational DSMB for the division of AIDS at NIH, and is a member of the Gastrointestinal Drugs Advisory Committee of the FDA.

Kumar Balasubramanian

Statistical Operations Manager

Kumar Balasubramanian
Statistical Operations Manager

Kumar Balasubramanian has been an integral part of the PHRI Statistics department since November 2013 when he joined as a Statistical Analyst; then became Statistical Analyst II in 2016, and Statistical Coordinator in 2018. In August 2021 he became the department’s Statistical Operations Manager.

Before coming to PHRI, Kumar held academic statistical positions at University of Calgary and University of Toronto. He holds a Masters in Biostatistics from University of Toronto.

Information and Communication Technologies

From providing a stable, secure infrastructure and custom software, to data collection and critical lines of communication with the investigative sites, the ICT department maintains the systems at the heart of PHRI studies.

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Andrew Renner

Director, ICT

Andrew Renner
Director, ICT

Andrew Renner provides strategic leadership for PHRI’s information and communication technology (ICT) department, which includes infrastructure, information management solutions, telecommunication platforms that support the organization’s service offerings internally and externally. He is also responsible for the ICT governance structures that harmonize organizational objectives with performance goals and metrics.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematical and Computer Science, and his Bachelor of Kinesiology, from McMaster University, and has more than 15 years’ ICT experience.

Les Farago

Manager, ICT, Solutions

Les Farago
Manager, ICT, Solutions

Les Farago is responsible for implementing custom software solutions when off-the-shelf software does not meet the needs of a study’s specifications. He has been with PHRI his entire professional career, involved in almost every study the organization has conducted over the past decade.

Prior to his current position, he was a Software Architect and Software Developer at PHRI where he gained expertise in randomization, re-supply, IP logistics, study management, and software development. He received a Bachelor of Computing and Business degree from Brock University.

Matt Smart

ICT Projects Manager

Matt Smart
ICT Projects Manager

Matt Smart provides leadership for PHRI’s Business Analysts and Clinical Data Operations teams, working collaboratively with program management and support departments to improve efficiencies at PHRI. Matt is responsible for aligning ICT priorities with PHRI needs, leading innovation projects, and delivering quality systems to enable clinical research initiatives.

He has been with PHRI since 2009 contributing to over 100 studies and study-related systems, gaining a wealth of experience in clinical research operations, software development, ICT operations, business analysis, project management, quality assurance, data management, and leadership. Matt has a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from University of Waterloo.

Dan Trottier

Manager, ICT, Operations

Dan Trottier
Manager, ICT, Operations

Dan Trottier is accountable for the continuous improvement and effective delivery of IT operational services at PHRI. Prior to joining the organization, he held IT-based technical and managerial roles in academic, industrial, analytical laboratory, and banking sectors.

He has volunteered for 15+ years in community networking initiatives as technical committee chair, board member, and president of the not-for-profit Hamilton Wentworth Community Network, created to bring affordable Internet access to all Hamiltonians. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from McMaster University.

Financial Services

The Financial Services team work with researchers and study teams to develop budgets for grant applications, track finances, generate financial reports, and more.

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Moiz Motiwala

Manager, Financial Services

Moiz Motiwala
Manager, Financial Services

As Manager, Financial Services at PHRI, Moiz is responsible for managing, organizing and controlling the operational activities of PHRI finance including handling the complexities of the multinational research environment and competing requirements of internal and external stakeholders.

Moiz has done Chartered Accountancy in Pakistan, CMA in the UK, CPA in USA, and CPA in Ontario, Canada. Before joining PHRI, Moiz worked eight years at Qatar location of Weill Cornell Medical College, NY where he was responsible for handling financial affairs of the college including their research portfolio with grants of more than US$180 million.

Research Specimen and Supply Management

The RSSM department sources, procures, and distributes healthcare supplies and devices for PHRI studies around the world, as well as creating, packaging, labeling, and shipping biological specimen collection kits.

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Theresa Simons

Coordinator, RSSM

Theresa Simons
Coordinator, RSSM

Theresa Simons leads the Research Specimen and Supply Management (RSSM) team, offering comprehensive support to PHRI studies around the world by sourcing, procuring, and distributing healthcare supplies, devices and biological specimens.

In addition to clinical research experience as a Site Coordinator, Theresa brings experience and knowledge in managing logistics of research supplies through research positions at Harvard University and Validere Technologies. Theresa holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo.

Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance

The QA department supports research teams by developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure quality across all stages of research, as well as ensures compliance with regularly changing regulations in various regions of the world.

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Ivana Furminsky
Ivana Furminsky
Ivana Furimsky

Manager, Quality Assurance

Ivana Furimsky
Manager, Quality Assurance

Ivana started working with PHRI in January 2022, coming from St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, where she worked as a Program Evaluator in the Mental Health and Addictions Program leading many quality improvement initiatives aimed at improving efficiency of processes and patient safety. She also held academic positions in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, where she supervised students in undergraduate research courses.

Ivana has more than 20 years’ experience in clinical research as a Research Coordinator, leading teams in both industry and academic research. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Toronto, and has a LEAN Black Belt certification.

Contract Management

The Contracts team at PHRI supports researchers by navigating through international laws and national regulations and negotiating with stakeholders such as private and public funding sources, collaborators and investigative sites in more than 100 countries, national leaders’ offices, and service providers.

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Deborah Redwood
Deborah Redwood
Deborah Redwood

Manager, Contracts

Deborah Redwood
Manager, Contracts

Deborah Redwood is the Manager of the Contracts Department and has over 15 years’ experience negotiating and advising on a variety of contracts. She began her career as a Private Client Solicitor in England at firms in London and Birmingham before moving to Canada. Deborah worked as a Law Clerk in the General Counsel’s Office at HHS where she employed her research and legal drafting skills, prior to joining PHRI in 2017 as a Contract Specialist.

Administration

Staff and researchers at PHRI are supported by our experts in human resources, education and training, and communications.

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Susan Ercole

Administrator, Human Resources and Facilities

Susan Ercole
Administrator, Human Resources and Facilities

Susan Ercole is responsible for all human resources activities including recruitment, succession planning, employee relations, career development, position evaluation, performance management and facilities at PHRI.

She holds a Human Resources Management Postgraduate Degree, Business Administration and Accounting Diplomas and has more than 15 years of experience in human resources.

Kirsten Grubic PHRI
Kirsten Grubic PHRI
Kirsten Grubic

Research Development & Education Advisor/Health & Safety Coordinator

Kirsten Grubic
Research Development & Education Advisor/Health & Safety Coordinator

Kirsten joined PHRI in 2011 and leads research development initiatives and education programs for PHRI researchers, leaders and staff. Kirsten is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of these initiatives. She is also responsible for the Health & Safety program.

Prior to joining PHRI, Kirsten worked as an HR Generalist for Hamilton Health Sciences and as an HR/Education Consultant within the health care industry.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from McMaster University, Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Mohawk College and Certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University.

Heather Angus-Lee

Communications Specialist

Heather Angus-Lee
Communications Specialist

Heather Angus-Lee is responsible for strategy and implementation of internal and external communications to support the work of the researchers and departmental staff of PHRI. Prior to joining PHRI in 2018, she was a writer and editor for Health Quality Ontario (now Ontario Health) and before that, a digital communications specialist for private sector businesses as well as the public sector.

She was trained as a print journalist at Ryerson University in Toronto, and worked for 15 years as editor of a daily newspaper and at national magazines, happily making the transition to digital communications starting in 2003, and benefiting from training in search engine optimization (SEO), website information architecture, and more. Her credo: Science needs stories!

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