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Child Health Evaluative Sciences

About Us

The EnRICH Team, from left to right: Cara Murphy, Andrea Chiaramida, Emma Mew, Alyssandra Chee-A-Tow, Andrea Monsour, Leena Saeed, Nancy Butcher, Martin Offringa

Current Staff

Martin Offringa, MD, PhD

Senior Scientist, Program Head Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Nancy Butcher, PhD, MSc

Senior Research Associate

Nancy is a medical scientist with expertise in neuroscience, genetics, and clinical trials. Her previous research focused on risk factors and treatments for brain disorders such as ADHD, schizophrenia, and Parkinson's disease. Her current research objectives include the development of strategies to maximize the usefulness and impact of clinical trials, including the development of an international standard for reporting trial outcomes (InsPECT - Instrument for reporting Planned Endpoints in Clinical Trials).

Cara Murphy, MSc

Clinical Research Project Manager

Emma Mew, MPH

Clinical Research Project Manager

Leena Saeed

Clinical Research Project Assistant

Andrea Chiaramida, BA

Administrative Assistant

Alyssandra Chee-A-Tow

Graduate Student (MPH Epidemiology Practicum) 

Andrea Monsour

Graduate Student (MPH Epidemiology Practicum)

Former Staff

The team in 2015. From top left to bottom right: Martin Offringa, April Clyburne-Sherin, Lauren Kelly, Mufiza Kapadia, Pravheen Thurairajah, Winnie Chan, Allison Needham, Andrea Verdugo

Lauren Kelly, PhD, MSc

Clinical Research Project Manager

Lauren is a pharmacologist whose expertise is in pharmacogenomics and paediatric clinical trials. Her previous research investigated genetic and clinical risk factors for opioid morbidity and mortality in children. Her current research objectives include developing standards for paediatric drug monographs and empirically assessing the choice of comparators in paediatric clinical trials.

Winnie Chan, MPH (2013-2015)

Clinical Research Project Manager

Winnie is an epidemiologist with a background in chronic diseases, human nutrition and global health. She has extensive research experience using many different research methodologies and data types, including survey and administrative databases. As the Project Manager Winnie is responsible for several of the team’s initiatives including TORCH, GRiP, SPIRIT-C and CONSORT-C.

Allison Needham, MSc (2013-2016)

Clinical Research Project Manager

Allison is a Masters of Science graduate with a background in adult and pediatric psychiatry. Previous research projects have included preclinical models of disease, clinical trials and programs for psychosocial support. Allison is responsible for research ethics harmonization activities, coordination of the Innovative Trial Design course and coordination of grassroots methodological group StaR Child Health.

Mufiza Kapadia, PhD, MSc, MBBS (2014-2016)

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Mufiza is a physician with a PhD in Public Health.  She has extensive experience in systematic reviews in the field of perinatal epidemiology, public health program monitoring and evaluation, teaching epidemiology and biostatistics and managing health development and research projects in Canada, United Kingdom and Pakistan. Her research interests include core outcome set development, maternal obesity, pediatric outcomes, disparities in treatment access, data linkage, surveillance, survey design, and methodological research in paediatric clinical trials. At CHES, she is involved in a series of research studies under TORCH (Toronto Outcome Research in Child Health), paediatric clinical trial guideline development, and Star Child Health.

Pravheen Thurairajah,  M.Sc (2014-2016)

Clinical Research Project Assistant

Pravheen is Masters of Science graduate in epidemiology. His previous work involved the study of  traumatic brain injury, focusing on topics such as return to work, sleep disturbances, and psychiatric disturbances.  Pravheen is currently involved in the synthesis of evidence for CONSORT-C and SPIRIT-C projects.

April Clyburne-Sherin,  BSc, MSc (candidate) (2015-2016)

Clinical Research Project Assistant

April is a Master of Science candidate in epidemiology with a background in geographical epidemiology, ecohealth and aboriginal health. April has a strong foundation in statistical and epidemiological methodologies, including systematic review and meta-analyses. As a Clinical Research Project Assistant, April is responsible for synthesizing evidence to inform CONSORT-C and SPIRIT-C guidelines.

Andrea Verdugo (2013-2016)

Administrative Assistant