Clinical Trials in ALS

Webinair by Kristiana Salmon, BSc, EMBA, Assistant Manager, Clinical Research Unit at The Neuro( Montreal Neurological Institute/Hospital)

After completing a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University, Kristiana Salmon joined the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI/H) as a clinical research coordinator. In addition to overseeing operations of all clinical trials in ALS and neuromuscular diseases, as the Team Leader of this division, she is presently the Assistant Manager of the CRU. Within the CRU, she has been the lead coordinator on all major, international ALS trials since 2011, and has played a key role in the MNI/H being the highest global recruiter in the majority of those trials. She is responsible for maintaining the CRU’s Standard Operating Procedures, and, in the past, was responsible for the training of all new clinical research coordinators in the CRU. As such, she has been instrumental in the development of an annual, national training program for clinical research in neurology.

Kristiana is a member of the MNI/H ALS Clinic’s multidisciplinary care team, and promotes a seamless interface between research and clinical care. She believes that patient education in research, and patients as research partners are crucial to the success of clinical trials. She is a strong patient advocate within the ALS community, and at an international level.

In the past, Kristiana has worked on client communications and the payroll for a placement agency, and as a bookkeeper for Richter LLP’s insolvency division. Both of these roles contributed to her appointment as interim contract and budget officer of the CRU on two occasions.

Kristiana obtained her Executive MBA at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, and is involved in a number of projects in life science innovation and acceleration of drug discovery for neurological diseases.

Kristiana’s passions outside of the office are travel, photography and sailing.



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