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After studying biological sciences and training as a post-graduate teacher at Oxford University, I worked for Voluntary Service Overseas in Nigeria as a science teacher. Whilst there, I gained an interest in infectious diseases, and returned to the UK to do an MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
This then enabled me to work as an epidemiologist/study co-ordinator with Epicentre/Médècins sans Frontières in Kenya, Uganda and the Sudan, carrying out clinical research on diseases such as sleeping sickness, malaria, HIV/AIDS and meningitis in collaboration with various universities and the World Health Organisation. I returned to the UK in 2006 to work in a pharmacovigilance unit, co-ordinating prescription/cohort event monitoring studies in the UK and Ghana on a range of primary care medicines including those for asthma, diabetes, incontinence and malaria as a research fellow and data analyst.
I currently work part-time as an advisor for the National Institute of Health Research Research Design Service (South Central), and part-time within the Research and Development department at Portsmouth Hospitals Trust. This involves working with NHS and academic professionals to design clinical research studies and apply for funding, and to support quality study implementation through acting as a co-investigator or steering committee member. Within RDS Portsmouth, I co-ordinate Public Patient Involvement activities for research projects, and a group of volunteers, ENGAGE, who also participate in educational activities.
My main interest is in the methodology of clinical trials and the incorporation of service user and the public input to clinical trial design and implementation.
Current research projects (co-investigator / trial steering committee):
A feasibility study with a crossover design to assess the diagnostic accuracy of acetic acid guided biopsies versus non-targeted biopsies (current practice) for detection of dysplasia during Barrett’s surveillance: The ABBA study. Funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme.
Endo-cuff assisted colonoscopy versus standard colonoscopy for polyp detection in bowel cancer screening patients: A randomised controlled trial. ECAP. Supported by industry, adopted onto the NIHR portfolio.
The SENSOR study: A mixed-methods study of self management checks to predict exacerbations of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in patients with long-term respiratory conditions. Funded by the SBRI, in partnership with Aseptika.
A multicentre non-blinded randomised controlled trial to assess the impact of regular early specialist palliative care treatment on quality of life in malignant mesothelioma – ‘RESPECT-MESO’
A multicentre, randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group trial of the effectiveness of the nocturnal use of a Temperature Controlled Laminar Airflow (TLA) device (Protexo®) in adults with poorly-controlled, severe allergic asthma: the LASER trial.
The Wessex Faecal Microbiota Bank: an innovative pilot service to provide frozen faecal microbiota for transplantation to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. Funded by the Wessex Academic Health Science Network Accelerator Fund.
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