Ms. Lauren Switzer
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. 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
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.
Ms. Renee-Marie Ragguett
Renee joined the CP Discovery Lab in January 2017 as a
Neuroinformatics Intern for the CP-NET Program. She completed her undergraduate
degree in Human Biology and Neuroscience from the University of Toronto.
Renee’s passion for neuroscience is inscribed by her previous research at the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as well as Toronto Western Hospital
where she focused respectfully on schizophrenia and major depressive disorder.
Ms. Denise Karikari
Denise joined the CP Discovery
lab in March 2017 as a Research Coordinator. She completed a Bachelor’s of
Science Honours degree in Psychology at York University, and went on to pursue
a Master’s of Science degree in Public Health at Oxford Brookes University in
the UK. Along with her strong passion for health research amongst vulnerable
and marginalized populations, she also has experience in clinical research
trials. Denise will be utilizing her knowledge and skills to work on research
projects focused on children with cerebral palsy.