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

Amanda Mauthe, B.Mgt, M.Sc.(Mgt)

Amanda Mauthe, B.Mgt, M.Sc.(Mgt)

Amanda brings a background in Human Resources and Finance to her role as Finance Lead- Clinical Research at the CCCR. In her role, she provides financial support to clinical researchers by negotiating and advising on clinical trial budgets; reviewing and providing final approvals for all budgets; managing financials for the more than 100 annual trials run at the HMRC; managing the Clinical Research Fund (CRF) grant program; completing invoicing and billing for trials conducted at the Alberta Health Services pharmacy (located within the Teaching, Research & Wellness Building); and providing support to the university’s Accounts Receivable department for unallocated funds.  

Amanda’s background includes a Business Administration diploma (majoring in Management) and a Bachelor of Management degree (majoring in Human Resources), as well as a Master of Science (MSc (Mgt)) degree from the University of Lethbridge. Before joining the University of Calgary in 2016, she was the Research Manager for the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge. 


Phone: 403.210.6730
Email: amanda.mauthe@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 spent the past three years designing and developing the Quality Assurance (QA) division of the university’s Research Services Office. This division focuses primarily on QA file reviews, education, training and regulatory support and guidance. She’s also been a member of SOCRA since 2012 and CCRP certified since 2013.  


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