Planning & Evaluation
Do you need a safety program for your laboratory?
Technology Solutions
Do you require a coordinated approval process for biomedical research?
Planning & Evaluation
Does your research team need to prepare for a regulatory audit?
Does your lab staff require safety training?
Technology Solutions
Do you require customized data capture systems for clinical trials?
Planning & Evaluation
Do you require citation analysis to determine research impact?
Do you require tools to promote best practices in clinical research?

Welcome To Medrist

MedRIST is a collaborative platform that leverages the strengths of UHN’s specialized research support services to deliver a wide range of solutions to academic institutions, research and life science institutions. MedRIST offers expertise on research standards and leading practices, skills training programs, as well as on customized technology solutions that reduce administrative burden and facilitate policy and regulatory compliance.

Planning & Evaluation

Our team is comprised of seasoned healthcare professionals with broad experience in research laboratory services, animal resources, research facilities planning and safety services, and IT solutions.  Our clients benefit from action-oriented consulting that is fully aligned with their financial and research goals. MedRIST's multi-disciplinary approach  brings sustainable solutions to healthcare innovations worldwide.


MedRIST associates deliver high quality, customized, results-driven training to organizations and individuals in academic, clinical and industry settings. They provide a breadth of exceptional training services delivered by subject matter experts who are also training professionals.

Technology Solutions

To support the growing complexities around research, we have developed a suite of software tools that are customized for a research IT framework. Our applications enable execution of work processes more efficiently and effectively. These applications embed process improvements in software solutions that contribute towards reducing administrative burden, enforcing compliance, and optimizing resource utilization.

Medrist Partners

Medrist Associates

Lisa Alcia, BSc, MHSc, CPA, CMA

As Executive Director and Chief Research Operations Officer of Research Operations at UHN, Lisa has been instrumental in designing and developing the research organizational infrastructure for UHN. Lisa’s diverse experience includes establishing research centres and collaborative networks and consulting on several private and public sector initiatives over the past 20 years. With a graduate degree in Healthcare Management from University of Toronto and a recently earned CMA, CPA financial designation, Lisa has pioneered, leadership coaching models, lean transformations, client service models, and enterprise wide business solutions. She is skilled at developing high performance teams, strategy and risk management frameworks and as well as at identifying and connecting specialized teams to deliver multi-disciplinary solutions. Lisa has lead capacity building and healthcare transformation initiatives in the middle-east and locally within Canadian academic centres.

Badru Moloo, DVM

Dr. Moloo, has over 30 years experience as a laboratory animal veterinarian. As a Senior Director at the UHN Animal Resources Centre (ARC), Dr. Moloo supervises the logistical demands and needs of researchers using animal models and maintains the highest standards of ethical care. He has held several positions with the government, public and private sector at various hospitals and research facilities. Dr. Moloo is a recipient of the Tecniplast Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS), a national association dedicated to providing high quality training and educational resources to animal care professionals across Canada. MedRIST will benefit from Dr. Moloo’s expertise in animal research and dedication to excellence in Laboratory Animal Science.

Paul MacPherson, MBA

As the Director, Grants, Contracts & Clinical Research Services UHN Research Support Solutions, Paul is an effective leader with 15  years’ experience in research management. Paul is responsible for operational oversight for clinical research, including the operational framework for clinical trial contract negotiation at UHN and single and multi centred ethics review services at a leading practice level, and the operational framework for grants administration, He has also lead the development of web-based online projects, including tools coordinating institutional approvals for clinical trials, conflict of interest and a clinical research record. Paul previously worked in Research Administration at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He graduated from the University of Regina with a BFA (Theatre), and from the Schulich School of Business at York University with an MBA. Paul has been involved in a number of harmonization efforts in clinical research administration, including past chair of the Clinical Study Agreements Working Group (comprised of a group of Toronto academic hospitals) and a number of ongoing projects to coordinate multi-centre REB review.

Katie Roposa, RN MEd

As the Director Research Quality Integration and with over 15 years’ experience in the clinical research regulatory environment, study administration, operational risk management and organizational program development, Katie leads the RQI team in identifying and managing risks based on systems and process analysis in support of clinical research excellence. As Director Research Quality Integration, Katie uses this expertise in combination with skills such as project management and Lean for Healthcare to lead the development and implementation of quality initiatives and best practices in the organization, such as Clinical Research Standards, Internal Quality Audit Program and the Responsible Conduct of Research framework. Katie is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence with the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and holds a Master’s certificate in Operational Risk Management from Schulich Business School at York University. Katie is a Registered Nurse with a BScN from Ryerson and holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Toronto.  

Ian McDermott

Our Senior Director Research Facilities Planning & Safety, Ian has over 19 years experience in managing space and designing research environments ranging from smaller laboratories to larger facilities such as the Toronto Medical Discovery Tower (TMDT) – MaRS and Krembil Discovery Center at UHN (opened November 2013). His experience and understanding of laboratory operations enables him to focus on need of the researchers and develop effective, efficient and safe research workspaces that meet all the regulatory guidelines. He and his team of safety coordinators specialize in providing laboratory specific safety solutions including biological, chemical and general laboratory safety. They posses a breadth of experience catering to basic, pre-clinical and clinical research labs. Ian holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree from University of Toronto and has been a keynote speaker at several national and international conferences Test

Ruth Cawdron, MA

As the Manager of Research Program Planning and Analysis, Ruth's focus is on designing metrics and tools to support UHN strategic planning needs and meet accountability requirements. This includes developing scalable frameworks for the quantitative assessment of research activity and publication impact (bibliometrics) relevant for diverse fields of research. Additionally, Ruth manages UHN Research service evaluation initiatives (user satisfaction, benchmarking, Balanced Score Card, etc.).

Medrist Operations

Jose Mangles MANM, MAPA, LLM

As the Business Innovation Manager for MedRIST Jose is an effective and outcome-oriented leader, José has enjoyed a progressive career in the healthcare sector supporting system transformation portfolios.  José’s professional experience ranges from leading complex health care initiatives in the federal and provincial governments to providing operational leadership for large research-based portfolios.  José brings expertise in business innovation, performance management, and operational management. As the Business Innovation Manager at UHN, José is responsible for driving innovation and promoting excellence in the conduct of research.  José holds a Knowledge Management Certification (KMb), as well as a Masters in Non-Profit Management (MANM), a Masters in Public Administration (MAPA) and a Masters in Law (LLM) from Hamline University (USA).

Cameron Orovan

With 14 years of experience in business analysis and project management in the healthcare environment, Cameron has the skill set  to manage multiple projects; to identify requirements and customize solutions;  to build superior relationships with clients and stakeholders.  Cameron has experience in eliciting, documenting and managing business requirements.   As the Project Manager within MedRIST Cameron is tasked with developing business cases for new MedRIST opportunities and leading projects that implement MedRIST solutions and products for clients.  Cameron possesses a Honours BSocSc, a Project Management post graduate certificate and is certified in "Change Management" processes in accordance with the Prosci methodology and tools.

Sandra Karlovich

Sandra Karlovich is the Manager of Training and Development and has extensive experience in the development and execution of training programs including eLearning and blended programs across the UHN hospital, UHN research community and community health care centres.  Her experience includes project management with a focus on identifying learning strategies to best deliver core competencies to staff.  She has developed various training programs including the rollout of an electronic patient record to clinics and hospital-wide to groups ranging from 30 to 400 individuals.   Sandra has over 8 years of adult training, project management and communication experience while working at UHN’s Research Support Services, UHN’s SIMS Education and Toronto Community Care Access Centre.  She has also spent several years at Seneca College as an instructor in the department of Computer Science.  Sandra has an Honours B.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto in health sciences, a computer networking diploma and is a  Certified Training and Development Professional.