Ronald B. Vender M.D. FRCPC

Principal Investigator & Director

Dr. Vender has attended courses on GCP as well as ICH and has over twenty years experience of clinical investigations with high recruitment and retention of compliant patients. He has participated and been the principal investigator in over 100 clinical trials at this private research site. He is Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University in the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology in an off-site teaching capacity only. He is Honorary Staff and Dermatology Consultant at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario for over twenty years. He serves as member of the editorial group for the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery and Journal of Skin. He has also written guest editorials for the British Journal of Dermatology. He peer reviews manuscripts form the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, The Journal of the European Association of Dermatology as well as the British Journal of Dermatology He also serves as a member on an Independent Research Ethics Board. He has published many peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has presented posters and abstracts internationally.

Arthur Lau M.D. FRCPC


Dr. Arthur Lau is currently an assistant professor in the division of rheumatology at McMaster University, Canada. He obtained his medical degree from McMaster University. He also completed his internal medicine and rheumatology training at McMaster University. He then completed the clinical investigator program, concurrently obtaining an MSc in health research methodology through McMaster. His clinical and research interest focuses on the screening and treatment of osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease in patients with chronic kidney disease, and the treatment of inflammatory arthritis.

Rick Adachi M.D. FRCPC


Dr. Adachi is a Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. He is a graduate of McMaster University and received his fellowship in Internal Medicine and in Rheumatology. Dr. Adachi received the First Annual Phillip Rosen Award when he completed his training in Rheumatology. Dr. Adachi is a past president and member of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada. He has participated in clinical trials and epidemiologic research. He has been a sub-investigator with Dermatrials Research since 2017. Dr. Adachi has over 500 peer-reviewed publications, 700 peer reviewed abstracts and 22 book chapters.

Carolyn Whiskin, BSc. Phm

Clinical Pharmacist

Carolyn Whiskin, BSc. Phm, graduated from the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1986. She is the director of pharmacy programs for the Charlton Centre for specialized treatment in Hamilton Ontario. In addition to her busy practice, she has written the first year communications course for pharmacy students at U of T, has lectured at U of T, University of Waterloo and McMaster University. She has worked at St. Joseph's Hospital as the rheumatology pharmacist and at Mc Master University Medical Centre in Hamilton writing continuing education programs for pharmacists. She initiated the Pharmacist/Physician Collaboration Committee in Burlington. Carolyn has won many awards including the national "Commitment to Care Award" in the area of patient care (2005). She has acted as clinical pharmacist for Dermatrials Research since 2016.

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