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Clinical Trial Research Manager in Vancouver

Location:Vancouver, BC, Canada (Anywhere)

Education level: Masters
Education field: Medical and Health Professions
Years of experience: more than 5
Attributes that best describes:
Team player
Strong analytical skills
Good communicator

I have a Master of Science majoring in Human Genetics from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. I have worked in medical research field for the past 17 years. For the last nine years, I have been employed at The Aurum Institute, managing clinical trials in the HIV Prevention and Treatment fields. My work experience includes managing numerous and different studies (both pharmaceutical and NGO based), working with several teams and sponsors/funders, the interpretation of scientific facts/figures, the collection and analysis of data/information (including use of STATA), scientific writing and scientific presentations, the development of standard procedures, and project budget development and management. I have proven instrumental in identifying problems and developing effective solutions in staff management and in senior management deliverables. During my time as a researcher, I have liaised with various stakeholders in community engagement, and collaborated with South African, US based and EU based organizations and sponsors. In my years in managment I have had up to 10 direct personnel report to me and managed teams consisting between 50 to 75 members.

During my current employment with The Aurum Institute, I have served in the roles of Research Manager, Quality Manager, Project Manager and now Programme Manager. I have managed:
- two observational cohort studies funded by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
- two adolescent studies funded by The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership and HIV Vaccine Trials Network
- an HIV microbicide study called FACTS001 (Follow-on African Consortium for Tenofovir Studies), conducted at two sites
- several antiretroviral drug development clinical trials sponsored by pharmaceutical companies
- a study known as ECHO - The Evidence for Contraceptive options and HIV Outcomes Trial.

From 2001 to 2009, I was employed at the National Health Laboratory Service as a Medical Scientist within the Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research Unit. My primary role was to investigate genetic diversity within sub-Saharan African populations. In understanding the genetic variation that exists in these populations on DNA regions not exposed to selective pressure, my research has added to the understanding of the genetic history of humans, and prevalence rates of genetic disorders that present in these populations. I used several genetic laboratory techniques, and supervised many students and staff. I oversaw projects in part by coordinating task for the lab, grant management and fieldwork.

I have a long history in project management, and believe I have the necessary tools and knowledge to aid in the management and research sectors.

Thanking you in advance


Heeran Makkan

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