Clinical Trials


About Clinical Trials

The Clinical Trials platform supports the implementation of clinical trials, helping researchers engage in high-quality, practice changing, patient-oriented research. Services include support for industry-sponsored clinical trials, investigator-initiated trials and epidemiological studies led by Manitoba researchers. The platform also promotes a streamlined research process to increase the number of clinical trials in Manitoba, which will translate to evidence-informed improvements in our health-care system.

Our Services

Our team of epidemiologists, experienced clinical trial research staff, and IT support offers consultation in such areas as:

  • Trial design and methods
  • Customized applications to support clinical research
  • Regulatory affairs services for applications and study management

Our Team

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Salah Mahmud, MD, MSc, CCFP, PhD, FRCPC

Director, Clinical Trials Platform

Salah Mahmud is a clinician, public health physician and epidemiologist with interest in drug and vaccine development and evaluation. He is a Canada Research chair in Pharmaco-epidemiology and Vaccine Evaluation, the founding director of VDEC, the founding director of the Clinical Trials Platform of the Manitoba CIHR SUPPORT Unit and Clinician Researcher, Population & Public Health, Manitoba Health. He currently holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and Pharmacy in the Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, serves as the Associate Editor of Preventive Medicine and as a member of several national and international committees and advisory boards related to vaccine policy and development.

tel: 204.272.3148
fax: 204.594.5394
email: Salah.Mahmud@umanitoba.ca



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Tarpan Mankad, M.Sc. (Clinical Research); Diploma (Project Management)

Clinical Trial Specialist

tel: 204.594.5379
fax: 204.594.5394
email: tarpan.mankad@umanitoba.ca



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Barret Monchka, B.C.Sc.

Clinical Research IT Specialist

Barret is a clinical research IT specialist with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. As an IT specialist with the Clinical Trials platform, he develops innovative information technology solutions to aid healthcare researchers. Barret also serves as a data analyst with the University of Manitoba’s Vaccine and Drug Evaluation Centre.

Barret has a strong and diverse background in software development, and holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Manitoba and an Internet Systems Specialist Diploma from the University of Winnipeg.

tel: 204.272.3133
email: Barret.Monchka@umanitoba.ca


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Lauren Kelly, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Med.Sci., C.C.R.P.

Clinical Trialist

Dr. Kelly has a PhD in Pharmacology, completed two post-doctoral fellowships at the Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional. Lauren is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics & Child Health at the University of Manitoba and has been working in pediatric clinical research since 2008. Dr. Kelly has published more than 20 peer reviewed articles and is a reviewer with Cochrane Neonatal Review Group. Her research focus on clinical trial methodology, pediatric and neonatal opioid response, systematic reviews and education. 

tel: 204.272.3149
email: lauren.kelly@umanitoba.ca


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Dylan MacKay, PhD, MSc, CBDT

Clinical Trialist

Dr. MacKay has a PhD in Human Nutritional Sciences. Dylan is a nutritional biochemist, specializing in human clinical trials and inter-individual variability. He is interested in the appropriate design and implementation of human clinical trials, especially in the field of human nutrition. His research is broadly focused on how lifestyle can impact chronic disease risk and whether lifestyle intervention strategies can be made more effective through personalization. Dylan is also very interested in how to appropriately translate scientific finding to combat misinformation, especially on the internet and social media.

tel: 204.272.3119
email: dylan.mackay@umanitoba.ca


Training Opportunities

CRINGe Speaker Series

The Clinical Research Information Networking Group Speaker Series happens every month and  features short clinical research presentations where participants can:

  • Hear from and ask questions of experienced researchers
  • Meet others working in clinical research
  • Suggest topics for future presentations