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Black Tusk Research Group is a Site Management Organization located in downtown Vancouver that specializes in operating clinical trials for hospital investigators. Our duties range from carrying out project specific tasks to conducting project management from start to finish. Black Tusk is currently aiding over 45 principal investigators, actively managing over 200 pharmaceutical and academic trials, and has partnered with over 10 pharmaceutical sponsors. Professional integrity and patient centered care are among our core values.

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Dedicated professionals with an appetite for research and patient-centered care

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Lynda Lazosky, RRT, BSc, CCRP

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Founder & CEO


Lynda has been in the clinical trials ecosphere for more than 20 years. She founded Black Tusk in 2014 and has been Chief Executive Officer ever since. She is also a licensed respiratory therapist.


John Boyd, MD, PhD

Co-Founder & CMO


Dr. Boyd is a co-founder of Black Tusk as well as an Associate Professor in internal medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is also an Intensivist at the St. Paul's Hospital ICU and an Investigator at the Institute for Heart and Lung Health.

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Jacobo Lopez, BCom

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Jacobo has been working under various roles for four years at Black Tusk. He has experience in pharma budgeting, financial modelling, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, logistics, operations, and human resources.


Alireza Mojibian, MMus

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Ethics & Regulatory Manager


Alireza has been working at Black Tusk since 2018 and has worked in various successive roles. In addition to ethics, he also has experience in Pharma contracts, budgeting, and client relationship development. 


Emma Karlsen, BSc

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Clinical Research Manager - Respiratory


Emma Karlsen has worked in the Respiratory research department of BTRG for over 3 years, as a Research Assistant, Project Manager, and now Research Manager. She is passionate about improving patient quality of life and creating positive experiences when participating in research.

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Taryn Leach, MSc

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Clinical Research Manager - ICU & Cardiology


Taryn Leach started as a clinical research coordinator after completing her MPH at UBC. With over two years of experience in the respiratory department, she is now working as both a project manager on cystic fibrosis studies and a research manager for within the ICU and cardiology department.

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Danielle Pinheiro Muller, MD

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Clinical Research Manager - SAVE BC


Danielle has twenty years of previous experience as a Medical Doctor, a residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology. She also boasts two years of work in clinical research as a coordinator and is currently a manager of a Biobank of Coronary Artery Disease in young adults with almost 1,000 patients enrolled.


Laura Turcotte, BSc, BHSc

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Human Resources Manager


Laura completed her dual degrees at The University of Western Ontario and joined the Black Tusk team in November of 2021. She has an affinity for people, and has gained her experience in several industries including both hospitality and healthcare. She maintains and enhances the organization's  human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and policies, recruitment and training. 

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Fagun Jain, MSc

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Clinical Project Manager - Thoracic Surgery and Outpatient ICU


Fagun is responsible for project management for the ARBs program under Dr. James Russell and clinical trials for the Division of Thoracic Surgery under Dr. Anna McGuire. She manages the site coordination, financial management of the studies and maintenance of ethics and regulations during study start-up to close-out. 

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Will Johnston, MSc

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Senior Ethics & Regulatory Coordinator


Will has been involved in all aspects of clinical research, from data acquisition and wet-lab work to study start-up, coordination, and project management. Since his introduction to clinical research, Will has lead various exercise oncology research studies and community-based initiatives, focusing on quality-of-life support, disease prevention, and treatment efficacy for individuals living with or impacted by cancer. Currently, Will is working at BTRG, overseeing start-up activities relating to the launch of new clinical research studies.

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