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.
MEET OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Dedicated professionals with an appetite for research and patient-centered care
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.
Emma Karlsen, BSc
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.
Taryn Leach, MSc
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.
Danielle Pinheiro Muller, MD
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
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.
Fagun Jain, MSc
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.
Will Johnston, MSc
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.