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Research Ready Advisory Group Welcomes New Members

Research Ready is a community driven training and mentorship program for research coordinators, research personnel and new investigators in Ontario. The program will connect people with existing training, develop and deliver new training when needed, facilitate the sharing of best practices and connect mentors and mentees.

CTO is excited to announce the establishment of a new Research Ready Advisory Group with three members. The Advisors will help direct educational content for the Research Ready program. “We are so pleased to be connecting with experts in the field who deeply understand the daily complexities and pain points of this important research community,” remarked Linnea Aasen-Johnston, CTO Industry Outreach Associate.

Don’t miss out! Join the Research Ready community of practice to virtually connect with research coordinators all over the province to share best practices, updates and more.


Meet the Advisors:

Velma Marzinotto, BScN, RN, CCRP 

Velma Marzinotto has over 18 years of experience as a clinical research quality auditor. Velma developed the internal research quality audit program at Unity Health Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). In addition, she also facilitates clinical research by providing education to researchers. Prior to this role, Velma worked as a clinical research nurse coordinator managing clinical trials in the use of anticoagulants in children, a hematology/oncology nurse educator and a hematology/oncology staff nurse at SickKids. Velma obtained her BScN from McMaster University, Hamilton. She has been SOCRA certified since 2006. Velma also co-chairs the Network of Networks (N2) Quality Committee.

Sandhya Patel

Sandhya Patel is an independent consultant with 35 years experience in the health care sector as a Nurse, specializing in mental health, research and education. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. In her current role as a Consultant, she provides Good Clinical Practice training, assists sites with Quality Assurance portfolios, Risk Management, Policies and SOP Implementation, Process Improvement and Compliance with regulatory, provincial, federal and international standards. She is presenter at SOCRA Annual Conferences, preconference workshops, organizes and facilitates the Canadian Regulatory and Quality Management Tracks at the Annual Conference. SOCRA Board of Director- 2015-2018. Sandhya has held positions as the Director, Research Quality Assurance and REB, Manager Quality Assurance, Manager of Regulatory Affairs and a part- time faculty position with University of Ottawa School of Nursing for education on conduct of research and Mental Health. She worked as a Psychiatric Nurse for 10 years at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Her experience includes implementing quality assurance programs, managing and conducting Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, budget negotiations, organizational change, creating education and training programs specific for research staff.

Donna Wilkes 

Donna Wilkes, MSc, is the Coordinator of the Trial Unit (CTU) supported by the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR; CIHR) and The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Canada.  As coordinator, Donna is the first point of contact for clinical trial inquiries across Ontario to engage the appropriate expertise and ensure protocol development and clinical trial execution.  She also works in Clinical Research Services providing support to SickKids investigators from research project start up to trial completion. Donna has a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and has more than 20 years’ experience in clinical research at SickKids.  She has worked in various roles including research coordinator in Neonatology and Respiratory Medicine and internationally as a project manager developing research capacity for a children’s hospital in Doha, Qatar.


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