I am a Clinical Research Manager and assist Principal Investigators, Research Associates and PhD students in setting up and coordinating their clinical research studies. This role varies depending on the research objectives. I assist with the submission of research protocols and supporting documents to National Research Ethics Committees, UK regulatory authorities and Research and Development offices to gain approvals required before enrollment of participants into a study or database.
Our research portfolio includes intervention studies (new drug therapies in some diseases, exercise intervention and testing of new assessments), natural history studies (collecting data on patients and their progression) and databases (identifying patients and potential participants for studies).
I manage departmental generic ethical approvals that allow our teams to collect samples such as blood, urine, skin and muscle for future research projects; these are called BioBanks. I am supported by many clinicians, research nurses, data managers and administrators. We interact with many different departments within the University and Newcastle Hospitals where our research activity takes place.
Our research team is expanding and I am involved in designing and implementing a more structured approach in applying for approvals to ensure we open more research projects without unnecessary delays. I studied mitochondria and reactive oxygen species production as my dissertation project in my first degree and I have had continued interest in its importance. I am delighted to be part of the Mitochondrial Research Group.
Since joining the research team I have been given the opportunity to study a part time PhD with colleagues based within the Institute of Health and Society, and our local NHS service.
Principal Investigators: Prof Doug Turnbull and Dr Jane Stewart
With newly available and emerging reproductive techniques, mitochondrial patients now have even more reproductive options than ever before to consider. There is currently no published research exploring how mitochondrial patients make these reproductive decision, comparing the past and present decision making, how strongly patients feel for or against their current and possible available options and how patients would like this complex information presented to them.
We will explore pre identified and emerging topics that may influence complex reproductive decision making in female mitochondrial patients during patient interviews. We will look at two comparison groups, a retrospective decision making group and current decision making group.