Patrick D. Emond
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 21580
Patrick is the chief software architect responsible for the design and deployment of the study's custom software infrastructure. He works closely with the scientific management and operations teams to provide custom logistical and data collection software which specifically meet the 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. Over the past six years he has designed custom software for use in the fields of radiology, theoretical astrophysics, digital humanities and epidemiology. Patrick holds a PhD in Medical Physics from McMaster University.
Software Developer and Systems Integration Specialist
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 21661
Dean is a software developer and systems integration specialist whose primary focus has been the configuration and testing of the many and varied data acquisition hardware of the CLSA. Dean completed his civil engineering doctoral studies at McMaster University in 2001. His thesis work in the area of computational biomechanics focussed on constitutive modelling of human bone. The nature of the work led Dean to develop custom image processing and data visualization software utilizing several open source projects, including the Visualization Toolkit (VTK). Upon completion of his studies, Dean went on to work as an imaging research and software development consultant until his joining with the CLSA in July 2011. He also is involved with the ongoing development of the Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) software and participant relationship management (PRM) software, each custom designed for the CLSA.
Application Support/Junior Programmer
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 21427
Val provides technical support for the CLSA National Coordinating Centre (NCC) and the four Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) centres across Canada. He is responsible for assisting with CLSA systems testing, database reporting, programming and other computing-related tasks. Val joined the CLSA in April 2010. He graduated from Mohawk College with a diploma in software engineering and completed his Bachelor of Technology at McMaster University.