Our team

The CCCR is led by a team of world-class experts offering a wealth of knowledge in areas ranging from conducting and managing clinical research to financial administration, regulatory oversight and project management. Through our experience, we’re able to offer insight-driven best practices and guidance for conducting clinical research at the University of Calgary.

Exner

Dr. Derek Exner, Associate Dean (Clinical Research)

Dr. Exner earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990. He went on to complete post-graduate training in internal medicine, cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary. Following that he completed his Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins and a research Fellowship at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute before returning to Calgary in 2000. Dr. Exner is the Associate Dean, Clinical Trials at the Cumming School of Medicine, Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Clinical Trials and is a Professor of Cardiac Sciences and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Exner is leading multiple large international trials, is a world authority on arrhythmias, has over 300 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts and multiple patents related to using electrocardiogram (ECG) signals to evaluate cardiac structure and the risk of serious arrhythmias. He is actively engaged in research with multiple small and large biotech companies in Canada and beyond and has obtained over $50 million in funding from peer-reviewed and industry sources over the past two decades. Dr. Exner has authored or co-authored more than 185 articles, book chapters, and abstracts, including publications in leading medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Phone: 403.210.9663
Email: exner@ucalgary.ca
 

Sabine Moritz, MSc, CCRP

Sabine Moritz, MSc, CCRP 

As director for Clinical, Health Services and Population Health Research, Sabine Moritz oversees both the CCCR and the Heritage Medical Research Clinic. Her career has spanned more than 20 years, and includes extensive experience in developing and leading clinical trial programs both in Canada and the UK, including at the Cancer Research Campaign Clinical Trials Centre at King’s College in London, UK, and the Cancer Clinical Trials Centre at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary.   

In her capacity as director, Sabine plays a critical role in building clinical research infrastructure, expanding clinical trial capacity and supporting the growth of research that provides real-world evidence. Currently, she’s also leading the Alberta-wide implementation of a Clinical Trial Management System. She holds both a BSc and MSc in Biology from the RWTH in Aachen, Germany, as well as an MSc in Research and Evaluation Methods in Health Care from the Open University, UK. A graduate of the University of Calgary’s ULead program, she was also the recipient of the 2018 U Make a Difference award and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (SoCRA).  


Phone: 403.220.8754
Email: sabine.moritz@ucalgary.ca

Our Staff

Asim

Asim Nadeem, B.Com, DCMA

As the Clinical Research Finance Lead at CCCR, Asim brings over 20 years of extensive experience in Accounting and Finance including Clinical Research Grant Management. In his role, he provides financial support to clinical researchers by negotiating and advising on clinical trial budgets; reviewing and providing final approvals for all budgets; administrative oversight of clinical trials activities at University of Calgary; managing the Clinical Research Fund (CRF) grant program; administering the archiving processes for Clinical Trials materials including development and maintenance of relevant policies and procedures; providing support to the university’s Accounts Receivable department for unallocated funds and is responsible for the creation and development of future web-based programs for CCCR.

Asim’s background includes a post graduate diploma in Cost and Management Accounting and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (majoring in accounting and finance) from University of Punjab in Pakistan. Before joining the University of Calgary in 2021, he was part of the Clinical Research Finance team at Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

Email: asim.nadeem@ucalgary.ca

Sara Mahjor, B.A.

Sara Mahjor, B.A.

As the Navigator at the CCCR, Sara provides support to University of Calgary researchers by connecting them with the tools, resources and services required to advance their clinical research. She’s the first point of contact for any questions investigators and their teams may have, from where to attain regulatory support to what facilities are available to conduct studies. By assisting with key administrative and logistical processes, her work helps create a more efficient and supportive clinical research environment.
Sara’s background includes numerous roles in medical administration and research support. She previously worked for the O’Brien Institute for Public Health – a leading research organization located at the University of Calgary and has also held operational roles in both academic and healthcare settings. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree and time studying abroad in Ireland and Italy.

Phone: 403.220.2509          
Email: smahjor@ucalgary.ca

Shweta Patel  MBBS, CCRP

Shweta Patel, MBBS, CCRP

Shweta brings substantial clinical research and health-care experience to her role as Clinical Trial Program Administrator at the CCCR. This includes more than five years coordinating clinical drug trials in multi-therapeutic areas, from respiratory and metabolic research to dermatology and oncology.  In her role, she acts as the primary point of contact with external sponsors and supports investigators with site selection, trial start-up activities and accessing research support services at the University of Calgary.

Shweta’s education includes a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Baroda Medical College in India. She’s also a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP), is an active member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and holds certifications in both phlebotomy and the transportation of clinical trial samples (IATA).

Phone: 403.210.5460
Email: pats@ucalgary.ca
Start-up Services

Linda Longpré, CCRP

Linda Longpré, CCRP

Linda brings extensive experience to her role as quality assurance and regulatory compliance specialist at the CCCR. She began her career in clinical research at the Ottawa Hospital, where she worked as a regulatory coordinator for the Infectious Diseases research group. Following that, she spent five years as a protocol officer for the Ottawa Hospital Research Ethics Board before moving into a management role.   

At the University of Calgary, Linda also served as manager of Research Ethics and Compliance prior to her current role, where she has designed and developed the Quality Assurance (QA) program for clinical research teams. This program focuses primarily on QA file reviews, education, training and regulatory support and guidance. She’s also been a member of SOCRA and has her Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) certification. 

Phone: 403.220.6470
Email: linda.longpre@ucalgary.ca

mari

Mari Boesen, M.Sc., PMP

As the Provincial CTMS Project Manager, Mari is dedicated to the implementation of the new Clinical Trial Management System in Alberta. Mari is passionate about making change as easy as possible and looks forward to setting your team up for success in the system. She knows just how many activities are involved in conducting a clinical trial and thinks that a CTMS is the best way to stay on top of it all!

Mari has a background in Pragmatic Clinical Trials with the Alberta Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research. While there, she worked on clinical trial training programs, patient-facing clinical research awareness campaigns, and supported many tools and resources for clinical trial conduct in Alberta. She has an educational background in Medical Imaging Research with a BSc in Physics from the University of Victoria, an MSc in Physics from the University of Calgary, and a Project Management Professional designation through the Project Management Institute.

Email: meboesen@ucalgary.ca 

patricia

Patricia Steele, B.Sc., MBA, KTPC

Patricia provides budget review support to clinical research teams and assists with the CTMS implementation and training for the University of Calgary. She is thrilled to contribute to medical research and to improving outcomes and the quality of life of those we serve.

Patricia brings 20 years of leadership experience in Medical Research and Organizational Effectiveness in health, industry, and not-for-profit settings. She has led large scale culture and technology change initiatives, as well as managed the day-to-day operations of Human Resources, Clinical Trials, Training and Development Departments and Research Organizations. Her education includes a B.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology (McGill University), an MBA (Haskayne -University of Calgary), Practitioner of Change Certification (Modeled after the MSOD from Pepperdine University), Knowledge Translation Professional Certification (Sick Kids Hospital and Research Institute), Graduate studies in Educational Technology (Concordia University), and significant training in teamwork, facilitation, and project management.

Email: patricia.steele@ucalgary.ca

gillian

Gillian Hughes, MEd, MSc

Gillian brings varied experience from software implementation and technical writing, adult education and training, editorial and research management, and informatics to her role as the CTMS Implementation and Training Lead. Gillian is committed to process and quality improvement in support of patient safety, which is why she feels the CTMS will be so helpful to investigators, study teams and patients.

Gillian’s educational background includes a MSc in Health Informatics, focussing on usability and human factors from the University of Victoria, and a BA in Psychology and MEd in Special Education (Psychology & Adult Education) from the University of Alberta. She has been a technical writer for a variety of software systems, and spent a decade as Managing Editor of top-ranked medical-surgical journals, including the American Journal of Transplantation, Transplantation, and Transplantation Direct. She was the Clinical Research Project Manager for a kidney transplant research group and Study Manager for a large, Canadian, multicentre, multinational investigator-initiated trial.

Email: gillian.hughes@ucalgary.ca