Department of Medicine

Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease Research Group

What is GILDR?

The GILDR Group is a successful clinical trials research group within the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta and has been in existence for the past 20 years. The GILDR Group focuses on conducting clinical trials and research studies with outcomes that will potentially improve the quality of life of those patients that suffer specifically from gastrointestinal or liver diseases.

Under the leadership of the Director of Operations, GILDR Group is comprised of an energetic and experienced team of Research Nurses, Research Assistants, Financial Administrator & Administrative Assistant. This team has gained recognition internationally for their excellence in managing and conducting all aspects of clinical trials.

Our GILDR team currently consists of:

  • Sharon Appelman-Eszczuk, RN BScN CCRP - Director of Operations
  • Amita Kaur, BSc - Research Coordinator
  • Andrea Taskinen, RN, BScN - Research Coordinator
  • Ashleigh Peterson, RRT, CCRP - Research Coordinator
  • Meredith Porter, RN, BScN - Research Coordinator
  • Maureen Myers, RN, BScN - Research Coordinator
  • Avi Seth, RN, BScN - Research Coordinator
  • Lee-Ann Langkaas, LPN - Research Coordinator
  • Alisha Prince - Research Assistant
  • Alana Sherwin, BA - Research Assistant
  • Marisa Sherwin, BA - Financial Administrator
  • Amanda Ewasiuk, BSc, MSc Candidate - Research Assistant
  • Melissa Gabruck, BA - Research Clerk

Our research staff closely monitors all study patients while on treatment and after treatment according to the specific guidelines of each protocol and are truly dedicated to patient care, safety, and research. Our staff works with the Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists within Alberta Health Services/University of Alberta which provides an important link between the physicians and the patients involved in the studies.

The physicians within the Division of Gastroenterology associated with GILDR at the University of Alberta are:

  • Dr. Daniel C. Baumgart, MD, Division Director 
  • Dr. Juan G. Abraldes, MD, MMSc
  • Dr. Vincent G. Bain, MD, Director, Liver Unit
  • Dr. Rahima Bhanji, MD, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Levinus A. Dieleman, MD, PhD
  • Dr. Pernilla M. D'Souza, MDCM
  • Dr. Richard N. Fedorak, MD
  • Dr. Karen J. Goodman, PhD
  • Dr. Klaus S. Gutfreund, MD
  • Dr. Brendan Halloran, MD
  • Dr. Dina H. J. Kao, MD
  • Dr. Constantine Karvellas, MD
  • Dr. Karen Kroeker, MD
  • Dr. Adriana Lazarescu, MD
  • Dr. Mang M. Ma, MD
  • Dr. Karen L. Madsen, PhD
  • Dr. Andrew L. Mason, MBBS
  • Dr. John P. McKaigney, MD
  • Dr. Aldo Montano-Loza, MD
  • Dr. Farhad Peerani, MD
  • Dr. Daniel Sadowski, MD
  • Dr. Gurpal S. Sandha, MBBS
  • Dr. Eric A. Semlacher, MD
  • Dr. Puneeta Tandon, MD
  • Dr. Sander Veldhuyzen van Zanten, MD
  • Dr. Malcolm Wells, MD
  • Dr. Karen Wong, MD
  • Dr. Winnie W.S. Wong, MD
  • Dr. Sergio Zepeda, MD