LEADERSHIP & COORDINATION
MICYRN's leadership and coordination team, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, sets and supports the strategic direction and plans. As a support resource and knowledge hub, key functions of the Coordinating Center team include providing oversight and coordination of multidiscipline, multi-site working groups, supporting management of research-enabling projects, enhancing the creation and collaboration of networks, conducting research analytics such as needs assessments and environmental scans, and organizing workshops and meetings.
- Scientific Director
- Executive Director
- Research Director
- Young Person’s Research Advisory Program Director
- Executive Administrator
Anne Junker assumed leadership of MICYRN in April 2009. Dr. Junker is an Associate Professor and Associate Head, Faculty Development, in the Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, and in practice at BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) as a pediatric immunologist, specializing in the primary immunodeficiency disorders. She brings to MICYRN 15 years previous experience as senior medical director for BCCH pediatric specialty services, and 10 years as director for clinical research at the Child & Family Research Institute. She is chair of the Quality Committee of the BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network, and co-chair of the Canadian Child & Youth Health Coalition. As director of MICYRN, she represents Canada on the Coordinating Group of the European Network for Pediatric Research of the European Medicines Agency (Enpr-EMA).
Stephen Barbazuk joined MICYRN in January 2012. He is responsible for the strategic planning process and the subsequent development, implementation and evaluation of all projects and activities and has management responsibility for the coordination and oversight of all financial, communication and administrative functions in the central office. Stephen’s most recent role prior to joining MICYRN was with the BC Provincial Health Services Authority as Corporate Director, Strategic Planning and Transformation Support. Stephen has a background in Life Sciences, having graduated from the University of British Columbia in Cell and Developmental Biology with subsequent work in Immunology research projects for the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and has since amassed expertise in strategic planning and project management in biotechnology, research and healthcare over the past 15 years. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute, holds a 6-Sigma Green Belt process improvement certificate and has completed international coach training in order to apply additional skills to support organizations in realizing their vision.
Erika Goldt joined MICYRN in November 2012. She provides research analytical capacity and evaluation leadership to support strategic planning and performance measurement. To facilitate the development of best practice processes and optimize collaboration among national clinical research networks, Erika is also currently working jointly as Research Director for the Canadian Child Inflammatory Bowel Disease Network: A Joint Partnership of CIHR and the CH.I.L.D. Foundation. Erika’s most recent role prior to MICYRN was with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, where she spent six years working to strengthen the connection between research strategies and health outcomes, leading evaluation and analyses on the impact of research and research infrastructure. Erika has also provided consulting services to private and public health service organizations related to performance measurement and evaluation. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, from the University of British Columbia.
Leah Harrison heads Knowledge Translation for a youth engagement initiative, KidsCan, a collaborative project that benefits from MICYRN by nationalizing the project to involve the network’s 19 Child Health Research Organizations in Canada. The KidsCan project directly involves Canadian youth as advisors and partners in research, and the current project is the development of a smartphone application, MobileKids, designed to help promote voluntary physical activity and healthy eating habits among youth. Leah has organized and executed the recruitment of the youth advisory team and developed the curriculum they follow to learn about research. She also manages the efforts MobileKids to coordinate the youth advisory feedback with the researchers to make the project truly collaborative. Leah graduated from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing. She currently is completing a certificate in Project Management from the University of British Columbia. Her previous experiencing includes Project Management, Marketing and Business Development in the private healthcare sector.
Andrea joined MICYRN in June 2013 with a background in science and communications. As Executive Administrator for MICYRN she is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Coordinating Centre along with supporting the Board of Directors and Executive of MICYRN. She frequently assists our many network affiliates in best practices, including setting up administrative policy and systems, conference planning, and project-related assistance. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University and a Masters of English in writing from the University of New Brunswick.