Valeria Rac

Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director & Director, Clinical Research Division, THETA Collaborative

Dr. Valeria E. Rac is the Associate Director of THETA Collaborative and the Director of its Clinical Research Division. She is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. Dr Rac received her PhD (2007) at the University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Sciences (MD stream). Before joining THETA, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto and Rescu, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital working in clinical trials, complex interventions, acute coronary syndrome and resuscitation. During her PhD and post-doctoral training, she won numerous training awards  and she has been associated,  as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator, with the over $10M in grant funding.

Dr. Rac has established expertise in clinical research methods, grantsmanship, protocol development, and research ethics. She has experience with design, implementation and evaluation of large clinical trials, mixed-methods studies, complex interventions and registries involving prospective and retrospective pre-hospital and in-hospital data collection (clinical identifier NCT00747656, NCT00607464, NCT00683683, NCT02003729, NCT02239315).

Dr. Rac is a member of the ACS taskforce for the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), producing guidelines (2010) for the American Heart Association (AHA) and Heart and Stroke Canada.

Currently Dr. Rac is overseeing implementation of all trials at THETA and spearheading pan-provincial evaluation of Telehomecare Program offered in 7 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to patients with heart failure (HF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Research interests/topics:

  • Health services research (with special interest in equity in access/provision of care)
  • Health technology assessment
  • Clinical trials, complex health interventions and program evaluations

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