Mani Kang, MSc, BSc
Mani is the Research Project Manager of the CP Discovery Lab managing all aspects of clinical research conducted in the lab. He is also the Program Manager of the Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network (funded by the Ontario Brain Institute) managing all CP related research in participating Ontario sites. Previously, he has worked in large scale university affiliated clinical research sites focusing on dementia and stroke recovery. Mani holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from York University.
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.
Daniel Warner, BSc, CCRP
Daniel is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the CP Discovery Lab. He has completed a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Psychology from Queen’s University and completed the clinical research graduate program at Humber College. Daniel began his career as a research coordinator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at The Ottawa Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Daniel is responsible for the coordination of three studies examining various interventions to treat and manage cerebral palsy.
Krysta Andrews, MSW, RSW
Krysta is a Research Coordinator in the CP Discovery Lab. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with Honours at Queen's University. She went on to pursue a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is currently completing her PhD in Neuroscience at McMaster University. Krysta's clinical and research experiences in pediatrics equips her with the skills needed to contribute to the CP-NET Clinical Database research project which is focused on children with cerebral palsy.
Valbona "Val" Semovski, MSc
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.
Enea Koxhioni, BSc, LLB
Enea is a Neuroinformatics Intern who joined the CP Discovery Lab in September 2017. He has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and also an undergraduate degree in Law from the University of Sussex. His interests lie in mental health, research, and policy work, volunteering with the Ontario Public Health Association, Autism Ontario, and Doctors Without Borders. He previously worked at neuroscience research labs like the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy looking at Fragile X, and Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research.
Gayatri Sivaratnam, BSc
Gayatri is a summer Research Student in the CP Discovery Lab. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Biology and PNB (Psychology, Neuroscience& Behaviour), at McMaster University. She is interested in neuroscience, clinical research, and paediatrics. Gayatri will spend her summer contributing to the CP SPORT research project, which is focused on the use of non-invasive brain stimulation in children with cerebral palsy.