Dr. Vaishnavi Batmanabane


Affiliations: The Hospital for Sick Children

Clinical Research Project Coordinator, Clinical Research Project Coordinator

Research Interests:

Ocular Genetics, Translational Research

Brief Bio:

I am currently a full-time research Coordinator in the Ocular Genetics lab at the Hospital for Sick Children with a Masters in Health Sciences, Translational Research, from the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. My background as an ophthalmologist drives my passion in patient-centric research with a special interest in using patient-reported outcomes to mould clinical care and therapy delivery. In addition to doing my own projects, I am also engaged in clinical trials at the HSC site, writing manuscripts and managing study related administrative issues. I am also trained in Process Re-engineering (Lean and Six Sigma certified), Medical oversight and Good Documentation Practices, and Data management software like NVivo. For my Masters at the Translational Research Program, I worked on a project with the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine, to deliver a tool that will help with grant evaluation and scoring of grant applications based on the translational scope. This tool will be used as an educative and communicative interface to help researchers improve success in bringing their therapies to patients.

Capstone Project:

Application and review processes for Disease Team grants were misaligned with the needs of applicants and reviewers.

Our project addresses a problem in the Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine’s (OIRM’s) evaluation of Disease Team grant proposals. Applicants preparing for clinical trials were often unaware of their project’s place in the Disease Team funding spectrum. Further, reviewers found it challenging to convey their feedback in a succinct, tailored manner, given the wide variety of proposals they receive.

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