Our History

MedRIST (Medical Research Integrated Solutions and Tools), a part of UHN, is committed to providing a wide range of support services to academic institutions, research organizations and life science companies. MedRIST is a part of UHN, and was formed by a collaborative effort between departments within UHN Research Solutions & Services (RSS).

UHN is the largest research hospital in Canada, comprising of the Toronto General Hospital (TGH), Toronto Western Hospital (TWH), Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI). As a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, UHN engages in the full spectrum of healthcare research, spanning from basic to clinical research and medical technology discoveries. RSS was established in 2000 as an operational support infrastructure to enable research program activities of scientists across UHN. RSS supports over 1,200 researchers and manages over 991,000 sq. ft. of research space.

Over the past several years, RSS has gained in-depth expertise and experience, and developed innovative products and services to serve a diverse research community. MedRIST was established to transfer our knowledge and best practices to external clients in academic, clinical and industry settings.

Our Associates

Lisa Alcia, BSc, MHSc, CPA, CMA

Executive Director and Chief Research Operations Officer of Research Operations

Lisa provides her expertise in planning & evaluating research centres, leadership coaching models, lean transformations, capacity building, and enterprise wide business solutions.

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Ruth Cawdron, MA

Research Program Planning and Analysis Manager

Ruth develops assessment frameworks, survey tools, and analytics (quantitative figures of research activity, bibliometrics) for strategic planning, decision-making, and compliance.

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Tony Goncalves, UHN

Tony Goncalves

Research Laboratories Services Manager

Tony brings strategic & operational leadership in research laboratory services, including management of tissue culture media facilities & supply centre operations, glass washing, and autoclaving for complex research environments.

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Manager for Clinical Research Support Systems at UHN, CAPCR Team Manager

Alex Karabanow

Clinical Research Support Systems Manager

Alex brings to MedRIST his extensive experience and leadership in research administration, Research Ethics Board (REB) operations, and research ethics administration, education, process and systems improvement.

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Paul MacPherson, MBA

Director of Grants, Contracts, and Clinical Research Services

Paul manages operational oversight of clinical research, frameworks for clinical trial contracts, harmonization in research admin, and coordinating multi-centre REB review.

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Badru Moloo, DVM

Sr. Dir., Animal Resources Centre

Dr. Moloo supervises the logistical demands & needs of researchers using animal models, while maintaining the highest standards of ethical care, and drawing from his expertise & dedication in Laboratory Animal Science.

Ian McDermott, BSC, MOLB

Sr. Dir., Research Facilities Planning & Safety

Ian specializes in providing laboratory-specific facilities planning; biological, chemical and general laboratory safety solutions; and scientific asset relocation for basic, pre-clinical, and clinical research laboratories.

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Katie Roposa, BScN, MEd, RN, CMQ/OE

Director of Research Quality Integration

Katie leads the RQI team in identifying/managing risks in clinical research, based on systems and process analysis; she leads the implementation of various quality initiatives & best practices for clinical research excellence.

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Jose Mangles MANM, MAPA, LLM

Research Business Innovation Manager

José is responsible for driving innovation and promoting excellence in the conduct of research through business innovation, performance & operational management, and acts as the primary liaison between clients and MedRIST.

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Cameron Orovan

Research Business Innovation Specialist

Cameron’s expertise focuses on discovering opportunities in emerging markets while building superior relationships with clients. He liaise with stakeholders while assisting them navigate the full cycle of project management.

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Henry A. Garcia, Marketing & Branding Strategist, MedRIST

Henry A. Garcia

Branding, Marketing, and Events Strategist

Henry leverages his digital & traditional marketing efforts to create compelling visual identities, effective marketing elements, and delivers successful & integrated communications plans with metrics at their core.

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