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Jane TC Hsieh MSc An Associate Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario, Jane Hsieh has over 20 years experience in various senior executive positions in non-governmental and biotechnology organizations, overseeing clinical research in both the academic and industry settings. Although her experience covers several neurological indications, spinal cord injury and translational science are the focus of her ongoing activities. She is a team member in several SCI rehabilitation and research projects, including Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Evidence and Knowledge Mobilization Network. Jane was a core investigator who contributed to E-Scan project conception, developed the survey and monitored data collection, and led the completion of the Skin Integrity, Optimizing Spasticity and Bladder Continence chapters. Christina Balioussis PhD Dr. Christina Balioussis completed her PhD in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada, and has been working at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network as project coordinator for the Rehabilitation E-Scan, since December 2010. Her research interests include spinal cord injury rehabilitation, alternative/natural therapies in health and medicine, and injury prevention within a developmental context. Dr. Balioussis played a critical role in production of the Atlas, was responsible for communication among team members, conducted data analysis, contributed to data validation, and editing of each atlas component. Carey Yada Lee BA Carey Lee is a marketing professional experienced in graphic design, online marketing, web management, stakeholder engagement and implementation of marketing strategies. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Geography from the University of British Columbia, Ms. Lee worked in a variety of communication roles in the automotive, publishing and legal industries before joining the Rick Hansen Institute as Marketing and Communications Specialist. In this capacity, Ms. Lee manages RHI’s online and social media platforms, and is responsible for the design, production and publication of all materials, including its national publication on spinal cord injury, Solutions. Ms. Lee helped facilitate publication of the Atlas by managing its design and production. Erin Cherban MSc, CRP As Director of Clinical Research Operations at the Rick Hansen Institute, Erin Cherban’s primary portfolio is managing clinical research projects, and supporting the Institute’s Clinical Research Network – a collaboration of SCI researchers and clinicians, based at acute and rehabilitation centres across Canada. Experienced in academic and pharmaceutical sponsored clinical research, Ms. Cherban manages a team of project managers, research administrators and finance personnel; provides strategic oversight of multi-centre clinical research projects, the Clinical Research Network and operationalizes integrated knowledge translation within the lifecycle of clinical research projects. Throughout her research career, Ms. Cherban has actively volunteered to promote clinical research, continuing education and professional development. She is a board member of local and national clinical research organizations; she also served as an elected member of the Society of Clinical Research Administrator board of directors, from 2006 to 2009. Ms. Cherban was the research administration liason between the Rick Hansen Institute and the E-Scan Investigators during the later phases of the E-Scan project and atlas production. Amir Rasheed BSc, OT , MA Amir Rasheed served as the Rick Hansen Institute’s Director of Best Practices until July 2012. Trained as an occupational therapist, Mr. Rasheed worked at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where he developed an interest in quality improvement and best practices that led him to Vancouver to pursue a role as a Quality Advisor, in a paediatric rehabilitation centre, within the Provincial Health Services Authority. He advanced to work as a Program Manager, intimately involved in defining and implementing best practices for the assessment of conditions such as Autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. As a former Project Director with Impact BC, Mr. Rasheed supported various quality improvement projects involving the adoption of best practices. Mr. Rasheed was the administrative liason between the Rick Hansen Institute and E-Scan Investigators, in the early phases of the E-Scan implementation. MEET THE TEAM 19


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