Michael Cornelius has been working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry for over 20 years. A graduate of Western University, Michael’s focus and area of expertise has been centred around the management and monitoring of clinical research trials both nationally and internationally. He has been a proud member of the Continuing Education teaching faculty for 6 years and also spent 2 years teaching clinical trial management courses at Humber College in Toronto.
Ruth Bullas has been involved in clinical research in London for 26 years. She has performed both peer reviewed and industry sponsored clinical research in medicine and surgery with experience with investigational drug and device trials. Ruth has also worked as a Clinical Research Associate in the pharmaceutical industry. Twelve years ago, she co-founded the London Clinical Research Association and has also taught and been a practicum supervisor in the Clinical Trials Management Program at Western. Over the years, Ruth has served on numerous committees including the Western ethics committee and the Standard Operating Procedures Development Committee. She is currently on the Board of Directors for N2 which is a national organization of research institutes and networks and is currently chairing their Education Committee. Ruth’s recent roles have included being Manager of Clinical Research for the citywide Division of Nephrology for over 12 years. Currently, Ruth is Manager of Clinical Research Administration, Regulatory Affairs and Education for the Lawson Health Research Institute. In this capacity she works with all of the researchers, staff and hospital departments in the seven affiliated hospitals to ensure that Lawson is maintaining the highest standards for clinical research.
Michael Cornelius has been working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry for over 20 years. A graduate of Western University, Michael's focus and area of expertise has been centred around the management and monitoring of clinical research trials both nationally and internationally. He has been a proud member of the Continuing Education teaching faculty for 6 years and also spent 2 years teaching clinical trial management courses at Humber College in Toronto. Michael has held senior management positions in several companies with his most recent position being Director of Clinical Monitoring for a large clinical research organization. He is currently providing clinical research consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry and enjoying spending as much time as possible with his wife and kids.
Andrew Johnson is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Studies at Western University. Dr. Johnson’s research program currently focuses on the identification of cognitive factors within motor function, particularly as it relates to the motor impairment demonstrated by individuals with Parkinson's disease. His research and teaching interests also include a focus on research methods and ethics. A former clinical trial manager himself, Dr. Johnson teaches the “Applied Statistics for Clinical Trials” course in the program.
Melanie Katsivo Dr. Melanie Katsivo has provided support for research development as a consultant to faculty members, scientists and graduate students at The Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University since 2001. Over the 11 year period, she has witnessed tremendous growth in the number of health research projects, facilities and top notch researchers – a trend that can be attributed to the investments that the London research institutions and partners have made, and Melanie is very proud to be part of this support system for research. Melanie was one of the developers of the Financial Aspects of Clinical Trials Course and has taught the Grantsmanship component since the course was launched. She later took on responsibility for the budgets, workloads and Quality Assurance components. Melanie finds teaching this course and interacting with participants from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds is very stimulating. Discussions are usually dynamic and open, which greatly adds value to the participants' learning experience.
Marge Lovell is a renowned vascular nurse and currently works at the London Health Sciences Centre in the Division of Vascular Surgery in London, Ontario. She is actively involved in clinical trials and research and teaches in the Clinical Trials Management Program at Western University. Marge is Chair of the PAD Coalition, Past President of the Society for Vascular Nursing and the founder of the Canadian Chapter Vascular Nursing and the local London Chapter Vascular Nursing. She serves on the Vascular Disease Foundation Board and PAD Advisory Board for Canada. She recently completed her Masters in Education and was instrumental in putting together a risk management program for vascular patients.
Sonja Sawh graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto in 2000 and joined the staff at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) to complete a specialty residency in Hospital Pharmacy. Initially, Sonja chose a patient-focused clinical pharmacy practice that provided pharmaceutical care to rehabilitation patients, then she moved on to acute care Cardiology/CCU at University Hospital. Her interest in Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) has led her to self-directed learning in EBM and Health Technology Assessment, and a practice in the HiTEC/EBM unit with the Pharmacy Department at LHSC. Most recently, Sonja spent time as the pharmacist responsible for the Pharmacy Department's Clinical Trials Service and she has been teaching "Pharmacology for Clinical Trials" for the past 4 years in the Clinical Trials Management Program at Western.
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