About us

Our research team has expertise in neurology, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, radiology, internal medicine, clinical epidemiology, and systematic reviews.

Andreas Laupacis is a physician who has done health services research for the last 25 years. He is currently the Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

Richard Aviv is a neuroradiologist and associate professor at the University of Toronto. His research interests include cognitive aspects of multiple sclerosis and cerebral perfusion.

Jodie Burton is a neurologist who specializes in the care of MS patients and clinical research in MS in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary.

Andrew Dueck is a vascular surgeon at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  His research training is in outcomes research and his clinical focus is on endovascular interventions.

Tom Feasby is a neurologist and health services researcher.  He is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Erin Lillie is a research coordinator at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Her training is in epidemiology and research methods.

Laure Perrier is an Information Specialist in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. She has developed search strategies for over 50 systematic reviews.

Julian Spears is a neurosurgeon and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada.

Sharon Straus is a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist. She is director of the knowledge translation program at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael’s and the Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Toronto.

Kevin Thorpe is a biostatistician/methodologist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He has 20 years of experience in clinical research.

Source of funding

Funding for our studies has been provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The CIHR had no role in the writing of the reports or their publication.

Conflict of interest

Andreas Laupacis receives honoraria as a member of a data safety monitoring board for studies of two drugs for multiple sclerosis funded by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Jodie Burton has received unrestricted educational support and honoraria for speaking and educational engagements from Teva Neuroscience Canada, EMD Serono and Biogen Idec Canada. No competing interests declared by the other authors.