CLSA Management

Ine Wauben

Managing Director

Ine Wauben

Managing Director
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 22395
E-mail: wauben@mcmaster.ca


Dr. Ine Wauben is the Managing Director of both the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) at McMaster University and the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), Canada’s premium platform for research on aging. As the Managing Director of MIRA, Dr. Wauben leads the implementation of MIRA’s mission to optimize health and longevity of an aging population through leading-edge research, state-of-the-art educational development and innovative stakeholder collaborations. In her position with the CLSA, she serves as the chief liaison with CLSA’s funding organizations, and provides strategic leadership to support the principal and local investigators, advisory groups, scientists, and public and private partners across Canada to position the CLSA as a national research platform for advancing research on aging in Canada and worldwide. In both positions, she builds partnerships to support aging research in Canada and at McMaster University. Prior to joining the CLSA and MIRA teams, Dr. Wauben worked as Business Development Manager, Life Sciences, at McMaster University. She has also held senior positions at Adiga Life Sciences Inc. and the Scientific Research & Experimental Development Program of the Federal Government. Dr. Wauben holds a PhD in medical sciences from McMaster University and a B.H.Sc. from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Carol Bassim

Scientific Manager

Carol Bassim

Scientific Manager
Tel: (905) 525-9140 ext. 21580
E-mail: bassimc@mcmaster.ca


Carol Bassim graduated Dental School in 2004 from the University of Florida.  She then spent several years with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington DC as a Clinical Research Fellow (2004-2007), and next as a Research Fellow of the NIDCR, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2007-2009).  In 2010, Carol became a Staff Scientist with the Clinical Center of the NIH (2010-2015), and attained a MHS from Duke University in 2013.  She became the Deputy Director, Division of Oral Health, of the Indian Health Service in Washington, DC, acting as the national Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Coordinator, in 2015.  Carol is a Section Editor for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Harriet Sauve

Operations Manager

Harriet Sauve

Operations Manager
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 21409
E-mail: sauveh@mcmaster.ca


Harriet Sauve joined the CLSA team in November 2011 as the national operations manager. In her role, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the National Coordinating Centre and overseeing the implementation of the CLSA protocol at the Data Collection Sites and Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) sites across Canada. She holds an honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and she is a skilled operations manager with over 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical and research industry. Prior to joining the CLSA, she served as manager, clinical operations, at Cetero Research.

Patrick D. Emond

Information Technology Manager

Patrick D. Emond

Information Technology Manager
E-mail: emondpd@mcmaster.ca


As information technology manager, Patrick Emond leads the IT team for the development, maintenance and support of the technology infrastructure powering the CLSA. He works closely with the scientific management and operations teams to ensure all of the technological needs of the CLSA. Patrick has over 10 years of desktop and enterprise software design and development experience with a focus on academic research environments. Prior to joining the CLSA he consulted on technical matters in the fields of radiology, theoretical astrophysics, digital humanities and epidemiology. Patrick holds a Ph.D. in Medical Physics from McMaster University.

Laura Lawson

Communications Manager

Laura Lawson

Communications Manager
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 21413
E-mail: llawson@mcmaster.ca


As communications manager, Laura Lawson is responsible for developing, managing and implementing the national communications strategy for the CLSA. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and studied journalism at Humber College and the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the CLSA, Laura worked as a public relations editor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. She has also held reporting and editing positions at several newspapers, including the Guelph Mercury, Hamilton Spectator and Waterloo Region Record.

Istvan Molnar-Szakacs

Data Access Officer

Istvan Molnar-Szakacs

Data Access Officer
Tel: 514.934.1934 x71671
E-mail: istvan.molnar-szakacs@mail.mcgill.ca


Istvan Molnar-Szakacs received his PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne followed by several years in research coordination at UCLA and management positions in Europe and Canada. As the CLSA’s Data Access Officer, Dr. Molnar-Szakacs is responsible for the coordination of various aspects of data access and release, including documentation, compliance, responses to access queries and the statistical review of Data and Sample Access applications. He collaborates with the CLSA data curation team to implement special projects, such as the linkage of CLSA data with other data sets and data sources. He also works closely with the CLSA communications team to develop strategies to inform CLSA stakeholders (researchers, government, lay public) about the availability and uses of the data.