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“We are not a Team because we work together. We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other.” – Vala Afshar
Dr Chandrasena is our principal Investigator and Scientific Director. He is actively involved with and oversees each trial and provides care to every participant. With a lengthy history of conducting clinical trials since the early 1980’s, Dr Chandrasena has also published in multiple scientific publications and is a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario’s Schulich School of Medicine.
Dr. Sivakumaran Devarajan is a psychiatrist and acts as Sub-Investigator at CKCTRC. With a longstanding interest in research, he authored his first academic publication in 1986. Dr. Devarajan holds the patent for two psychiatric medication combinations and has a Diploma in Advanced Clinical Psychopharmacology with the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacologists. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards from the Schulich School of Medicine, University of Western Ontario as well as Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Devarajan is an innovative physician with extensive training in Ketamine and a Fellowship in TMS from Harvard University.
Dr. Fairbairn grew up in Chatham and attended Western University for his undergraduate studies. He earned an Honours Bachelor of Medical Science (BMSc Hons) in Pharmacology and made the Dean’s Honour List for excellence in academic performance. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine in 2014 from Western University. Dr. Fairbairn completed his Psychiatry Residency at Queen’s University in Kingston from 2014 to 2019. During his Residency training, Dr. Fairbairn participated in various leadership, teaching and administrative roles, earning the Outstanding Contribution to Residency Training Award from Queen’s University. From 2016 – 2017 he held the role of Chief Resident, serving in a key leadership position at Queen’s University.
Director of Operations
Julie is a nurse and is the administrative lead of the Chatham-Kent Clinical Trials Research Centre. With 20 years practice as a mental health nurse and 16 years as a lead study coordinator in CNS clinical trials, Julie’s main role is that of sponsor communication and trial management, as well as regulatory and ethics submissions. As an experienced clinician, Julie is qualified in numerous mental health rating scales and has participated in more than 150 CNS trials. She also teaches Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and is a Public Member of the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario
Study Coordinator and Research Nurse
Cassandra is a nurse and has worked in the healthcare field for 16 years. She is our research nurse and study coordinator at Chatham Kent Clinical Trials Research Centre. Cassandra’s main role is patient care, conducting study visits, recruitment and providing patient and family education and support. Cassandra has a passion for mental health and addictions and is also employed at Canadian Mental Health Association, on the First Response Team. She is currently completing her Chemical dependency course with Windsor St. Clair College and most recently completed the CAPDA C-CAT certification course.
PA-C, B.H.K MS-PAS
Lindsay is a Physician Assistant and the Clinical Lead at CKCTRC. She graduated from the University of Windsor with her Bachelor’s of Human Kinetics, and then went on to Wayne State University to obtain her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2011. Lindsay has been with the CKCTRC since 2018. Her main role is the assessment and treatment of patients with mental illness. Lindsay also helps to manage participants who are enrolled in clinical trials and provide assessments to the patient before, during and after their involvement in a study.