Our people

Our people

Our HMRC team includes eight dedicated staff members whose backgrounds span clinical research, nursing, laboratory processing and other key research administration areas.


Our Leadership


Dr. Derek 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.

Email: exner@ucalgary.ca

Phone: 403.210.9663

Sabine Moritz, MSc, CCRP

Sabine Moritz, MSc, CCRP

As director for Clinical, Health Services and Population Health Research, Sabine Moritz oversees both the Calgary Centre for Clinical Research (CCCR) and the HMRC. 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).

Email: sabine.moritz@ucalgary.ca

Phone: 403.220.8754

Amanda Mauthe

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 HMRC. In her role, she provides financial coordination and support to clinical researchers conducting studies at the clinic. Her duties include 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. 

Email: amanda.mauthe@ucalgary.ca

Phone: 403.210.6730


Our clinical staff:


Pamla D'souza

Pamla D'souza

Pamla is a Licensed Practical Nurse pursuing her RN Licence in Canada, who brings more than 10 years of work experience in a variety of health-care settings to the HMRC team. In addition to her time providing clinical research support, she’s also worked as a Registered Nurse (In India) in a range of other areas, including intensive care, medical and surgical, neurology, rehabilitation and gerontology units. Pamla provides exceptional service to the patients in her care, and the breadth and depth of her nursing experience make her a valuable contributor in her role at the HMRC.

Email: pamla.dsouza@ucalgary.ca

Loan Tu Tran

Loan Tu Tran

A medical laboratory assistant, Loan combines a background in both nursing and medical laboratory work to provide high-quality assistance to the HMRC’s clinical trials. With experience in phlebotomy, handling patient samples, lab maintenance, inventory management and managing patient documentation, she provides administrative and lab services that play an invaluable role in the clinical trials she supports. Loan takes a friendly and collaborative approach to her work, interacting with patients and providing extensive support to university researchers across a range of trials. 

Email: loan.tran2@ucalgary.ca

Lorina M. Platon

Lorina M. Platon

Lorina brings more than 10 years of experience as a medical laboratory assistant to the HMRC team. Having worked in a variety of clinics across western Canada, she brings with her significant experience across a range of laboratory functions, including the collection and management of blood samples, patient identification, infection control procedures and the testing and processing of various patient samples. Detail-oriented and conscientious, Lorina performs a wide range of support functions at the HMRC, and takes great pride in the quality of her work. 

Email: lplaton@ucalgary.ca

Pallavi Noojibail

Pallavi Noojibail

With more than 10 years of health-care administration experience, Pallavi provides a wealth of expertise to the HMRC team. As a medical administrative assistant, she uses her exceptional communication and time management skills to manage clinic bookings, coordinate patients, clinic staff and researchers, set up files for new studies and assist in a variety of other capacities. With her technical expertise, she helps ensure that studies being conducted at the HMRC are being coordinated and managed properly and efficiently. 

Email: pallavi.noojibail@ucalgary.ca

Charlotte Yester, RN, BsCN

Charlotte Yester, RN, BsCN

Charlotte is a registered nurse with more than six years of experience in cardiac and cardiology units in both B.C. and Alberta. A patient- and service-focused nurse, she provides a range of care and support to patients at the HMRC. She’s a graduate of the University of Victoria with a BsCN, and holds certifications in Defibrillation, CPR-C and Standard First Aid Certification, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and other areas. Her professional and educational backgrounds provide her with a broad base of practical expertise to support the clinic’s patients and research.   

Email: charlotte.yester1@ucalgary.ca

Please note that Charlotte is currently away on maternity leave. 

Virginia M. Gonzalez

Virginia M. Gonzales

With more than 20 years of medical laboratory experience, including 15 at the HMRC, Virginia’s expertise is a laboratory assistant is exceptional. An expert in lab processes and protocols, her experience includes collecting, aliquoting and managing patient samples, managing and collecting patient information and other documentation and performing a variety of other lab functions. With a strong understanding of HMRC procedures and an exceptional attention to detail, she’s helped ensure the effective administration of a wide variety of clinical trials at the HMRC.  

Email: vgonzale@ucalgary.ca