Ms. Lauren Switzer (MSc)
Research Project Manager & CP Discovery Lab Manager
Lauren is the CP Discovery Lab Manager and oversees the coordination of all research in the CP Discovery Lab. Lauren joined the Lab in 2008. Specifically, Lauren is the Project Manager of CP-NET, an Ontario Brain Institute integrated neuroscience network focused on children with cerebral palsy, and the CP Discovery Project funded by the Canadian NeuroDevNet Networks of Centres of Excellence. Lauren has her MSc in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario.
Ms. Karizma Mawjee
Karizma joined the CP Discovery Lab in January 2014 as the CP-NET Research Coordinator. She completed a Master's in Developmental Psychology at the University of Toronto and is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
Ms. Sarah Zaidi
Sarah joined the CP Discovery Lab in November 2015 as a Neuroinformatics Intern for the CP-NET Program. After completing her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Mental Health at Carleton University, Sarah contributed in MaRS Innovation's commercialization of technologies such as Baycrest Hospital's The Virtual Brain and York University's Brain Dysfunction Indicator.
Ms. Valbona "Val" Semovski
Val is a Research Assistant in the CP Discovery Lab. She has completed a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Psychology at York University and is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. Her skills paired with her passion for paediatric research are highly applicable to her work on CP Registry and CP-NET – national and provincial research projects focused on children with cerebral palsy.
Ms. Ilana Walters
Ilana has returned to the CP Discovery Lab as a research coordinator in September 2016 following her positive experience as a research volunteer in 2015. Ilana completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from McGill University and went on to pursue a Master of Science in Global Health Management from McMaster University. Ilana has a passion for paediatric healthcare research, in which she has worked in a global context during her internship at Autism Speaks. Ilana will continue to work on CP-NET in the CP Discovery Lab.
Ms. Hillary Carpenter (BScN)
Hillary joined the CP Discovery Lab in October 2016 as a Research Nurse Coordinator. Hillary completed a Bachelor of Business Degree with a minor in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, working for SickKids Foundation upon graduation. Hillary continued on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through the accelerated Humber College/University of New Brunswick collaborative program. As a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse, Hillary's clinical experience and knowledge will be beneficial in supporting the CP-NET and Canadian CP Registry studies.