Our People

A clinical trial network is a truly collaborative effort. Aside from the physicians and scientists that lead our clinical trials, there are many others that play important roles within JDRF CCTN. In addition to clinical staff, such as our clinical coordinators and nurses that take great care of our clinical trial participants, there is an army working behind the scenes to ensure that our research meets the highest standards and is completed on time, including: statisticians, medical consultants, project managers, finance managers, communications and information technology professionals, fundraising staff, and even a number of engineers. It would be impossible to list everyone, but it doesn't mean their efforts are any less appreciated.

JDRF CCTN Steering Committee

JDRF CCTN is led by a group of leading Canadian clinical researchers from top academic institutions and hospitals who guide JDRF CCTN's research agenda, provide a collaborative platform for clinical trial development, and regularly review JDRF CCTN research progress.

Network Steering Committee Members
Cheril Clarson, MD Western University/Lawson Health Research Institute Bio
Brian Feagan, MD Robarts Clinical Trials Bio
Stewart Harris MD Western University/Lawson Health Research Institute Bio
Irene Hramiak, MD Western University/Lawson Health Research Institute Bio
Erin Keely, MD Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Bio
Margaret Lawson, MD Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Bio
Farid Mahmud, MD The Hospital for Sick Children Bio
Bruce Perkins, MD University Health Network Bio
Diane Wherrett, MD The Hospital for Sick Children Bio
Joseph Cafazzo, PhD, PEng Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network Bio


Clinical Operations Centre

JDRF CCTN's Clinical Operations Centre at Robarts Clinical Trials is the workhorse for JDRF CCTN clinical trials. The Centre has world-class expertise in planning, operations, and data analysis of small and large international clinical trials.

Clinical Operations Centre (Robarts Clinical Trials)
Brian Feagan, MD Director Bio
Allan Donner, PhD Director, Biometrics Bio
Cindy Downie Clinical Project Manager Bio
Debra King Assistant Director, Clinical Operations Bio
Cindy Wong, MSc Deputy Director Bio
G.Y. Zhou, PhD Biometrics Research Scientist Bio



JDRF maintains a small staff dedicated to JDRF CCTN to facilitate scientific planning and review, marketing and communications, government relations, and partnership activities.

Olivia Lou, PhD Program Officer Bio
Dave Prowten President & CEO Bio


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