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. 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. 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.
Ms. Krysta Andrews
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 completed her PhD in Neuroscience at McMaster University. Krysta's clinical and research experiences in pediatrics equip her with the skills needed to contribute to the CP-NET Clinical Database research project which is focused on children with cerebral palsy.
Mr. Enea Koxhioni
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.