Dermatrials Research Inc. as an independent research site with R Vender MD FRCPC as Medical Director and is owned by multiple share holders.

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Ronald B. Vender M.D. FRCPC

Principal Investigator & Director

Dr. Vender has attended courses on GCP as well as ICH and has over seventeen years experience...

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Arthur Lau M.D. FRCPC


Dr. Arthur Lau is currently an assistant professor in the division of rheumatology at McMaster University, Canada...

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Rick Adachi M.D. FRCPC


Dr. Adachi is a Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. He is a graduate of McMaster University and received his fellowship in Internal Medicine and in Rheumatology....

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Carolyn Whiskin, BSc. Phm

Clinical Pharmacist

Carolyn Whiskin, BSc. Phm, graduated from the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1986....

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Clinical Trial Staff

Laura MacDonald

Head Coordinator

This experienced cardiac technician and medical office & laboratory assistant has experience in Phase II, III, and IV clinical trials...

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Heather Le

Clinical Trial Research Co-ordinator

Highly qualified medical research professional skilled in all aspects of clinical trial coordination, protocols, and participant relations. Experienced in both medical practice and clinical research environments. Demonstrate strong working knowledge of ICH-GCP, company standard operating procedures, regulatory guidelines, protocols and monitoring guidelines.

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Centre Overview

Dermatrials Research Inc. is located as an independent research site. The principal investigator is Honorary Staff at a McMaster University Teaching Hospital, however, none of the trials are conducted at the hospital site and all take place at the research site located near a private dermatology practice. Dermatrials was established in 2000. We meet the International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use guidelines (ICH) and follow the Good Clinical Practice guidelines (GCP) as well. We also meet US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Canada’s Health Protection and Food Branch (HPFB) standards. We have a computerized patient database for efficient patient sorting and identification.

Our relationships with other physicians and clinics allows accelerated accrual times and a broad referral network. We respond rapidly to initial submission requests for a trial and follow through with rapid patient enrollment and excellent patient retention. The Centre is committed to conduct ethical, effective and efficient medical research. We are members of the Canadian Association for Independent Clinical Research.

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