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:

  • Health Canada submission (CTA) support
  • Clinical trial registration and results reporting support
  • Development of safety plans (monitoring plan, DSMB charter) and case report forms
  • Monitoring
  • Protocol development 
  • Scientific review of clinical trial methods - grants, manuscript preparation, pre-REB review
  • Mobile app development
  • Clinical trial management software development and training
  • Good Clinical Practice and Health Canada Division 5 training for scientists and study staff

Our Team


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


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

Clinical Trial Specialist

tel: 204.594.5379
fax: 204.594.5394


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


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


Dylan MacKay, PhD, MSc, CBDT

Clinical Trialist

Dr. MacKay has a PhD in Human Nutritional Sciences and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. 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 findings to combat misinformation, especially on the internet and social media.

tel: 204.272.3119


Alex Aregbesola, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

I earned my medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 2005, and went on to complete a masters’ degree program in Public Health in 2012 and obtained a PhD in Epidemiology in 2016, both at the University of Eastern Finland, Finland. I completed one post-doctoral training at the same university and I have supervised several masters’ degree theses and assisted in a few PhD projects.  I have been involved in the teaching of Epidemiology and Public Health courses, and I have published more than 10 peer-reviewed articles. My primary research interest is in clinical epidemiology, using different study designs to investigate chronic diseases and health-related events.


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