Recently the Laboratory Medicine Program (LMP) Research Committee took an important step towards offering improved research assistance by hiring Nazleen Lobo, research coordinator. The committee made up of medical and scientific staff across the program made the decision as part of a goal to empower and help facilitate research in LMP.
Nazleen has spent several years in cancer research labs, first as a graduate student and then professionally as a research technician at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. In her new administrative role, Nazleen is able to apply her experience from inside the lab to assist in driving research productivity on the outside.
All LMP medical and scientific staff now have an additional resource to increase research output, and Nazleen will work with principal investigators across LMP to obtain institutional approval for proposed studies. This process requires submitting a Coordinated Approval Process for Clinical Research (CAPCR) application, which ensures the study is reviewed by all necessary departments.
“No human research at UHN is allowed to begin until a CAPCR application is submitted and approved,” says Nazleen. “My role alleviates that requirement for LMP investigators, and will hopefully allow studies to get off the ground more quickly.”
Snapshot of program research
In addition to helping propel individual research studies forward, Nazleen is working to develop a ‘snapshot’ of what LMP Research looks like up to this point. Using Web of Science, an online medical publication and citation indexing service Nazleen and the committee are looking to help shape the profile of LMP research, and increase research funding.
“Looking through research data produced by LMP staff over the last 10 years has been a great introduction to the program,” says Nazleen. “It highlights the scope of practice across different departments – and the volume of publications and citations shows an impressive contribution to research in laboratory science.”
For assistance with CAPCR applications and other internal research inquiries, contact:
Nazleen Lobo Research Coordinator
(416) 340-4800 ext. 8196