I come from a molecular background, in neuroscience and pharmacology, and used to work with human participants before for a cognitive neuroscience project, but I'm now interested in trying some clinical research this summer, and was wondering how best to find and approach researchers.
So far, I've been able to find a few at U of T through their search, but I'm not sure how to find ones who don't also teach at a university. I was also wondering about practicing physicians who also do research, what is their process like, and have you ever met any who are open to taking on someone who isn't a medical student or resident?
Also, any thoughts about how I could get something outside my major? In addition to neuroscience research, I'm also interested in oncology and transplant (although I'm pretty receptive to any field at this point, just want experience with the format of clinical research), but not sure how to tie my background into the latter two. Should I emphasize the pharmacology side, maybe? And for those who've done clinical research, what are some qualities that would suit this medium?
Thanks in advance!
EDIT: I'm not limiting my search to Toronto, pretty much anywhere in southern-ish Ontario or around Montreal would work.