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Associate director of research


Jenny Rivers
Role: Associate director of research  
Email: j.rivers@rbht.nhs.uk   
Telephone: 020 7352 8121 x2610         


Jenny joined the Trust in April 2016, having worked most recently as research and knowledge exchange manager at the University of Liverpool. 

  

Jenny has a PhD in biochemistry, has worked in industry as a postdoctoral researcher and has a broad range of experience in research management. This includes:

 

  • business development
  • collaborative research funding
  • developing and implementing research strategy and policy
  • communication and dissemination of research opportunities and outcomes
  • postgraduate research administration. 


In her role as associate director of research, Jenny will work with the Trust director of research, the research office and researchers across the Trust to support the excellent research that we do and to oversee delivery of the research strategy.

 

Role: Research development manager
Email:  L.Henderson@rbht.nhs.uk 
Telephone: 0207 352 8121 x2107 


Laura’s current role is primarily in grant and fellowship mentorship for all active Trust researchers. She also leads a communication team which broadcasts Trust successes in research. 


Laura began working in an NHS research and development environment in 2004 as a trials co-ordinator and has since taken up various roles covering trial management and research governance. With a background in biochemistry, she is also undertaking an MSc in clinical research.

     

Role: Research communications coordinator 

Email: z.aden@rbht.nhs.uk 
Telephone: 020 7351 8575


Zahra works to promote and design ways to best communicate the research that is carried out at the Trust to various stakeholders including our partners, funders, patients and the general public. 


She is also the lead for patient and public involvement (PPI) in research at the Trust and facilitates a platform for patients and researchers to discuss research and organise ways to present findings to a wider public audience through patient events, the development of reviewing tools and managing of small and large scale events for patients and the public


Zahra has an honours degree in Biomedical Science and a Masters degree in Public Health. Her previous experience involved working as a PR advisor for GP surgeries, teaching abroad and as an educator for patients with diabetes.

Role: Research governance and regulatory compliance manager
Email:  I.Jakupovic@rbht.nhs.uk
Telephone: 0207 351 8109


Ira is primarily responsible for the set up and maintenance of the quality management system (QMS) to ensure appropriate oversight, management and administration of clinical research in the Trust. 


Ira provides advice to all researchers initiating Trust-sponsored clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMPs). She assists with:


  • writing study protocols
  • negotiating study-wide contracts
  • obtaining ethics and regulatory approvals
  • compliance with regulatory requirements.

 

Ira is responsible for audit and monitoring of all clinical research in the Trust. She is supported by the Clinical Research Oversight Committee (Clin-ROC) which oversees clinical delivery of research within the Trust. Ira holds a BSc (Hons) in biochemistry and microbiology, and an MSc in molecular biology.

Role: Clinical Research Facilitator
Email:  S.Pina@rbht.nhs.uk
Telephone: 0207 351 8574

 

Susana’s current role is in study set up, governance review, costings and contracts, as well as supporting the delivery and recruitment of industry-sponsored research studies. 


Since 2010, Susana has worked within the NHS in a variety of roles including feasibility studies, non-commercial research contracts and management of participant recruitment data in different research and development environments. 


Educated to a master’s level at Goldsmiths College, London, Susana also regularly attends meetings, seminars and training relevant to clinical research as well as research and development.

Role: Non-commercial research business manager
Email:  P.Pettersson@rbht.nhs.uk 
Telephone: 0207 351 8736


Patrik leads a team of three in the non-commercial team who advise investigators and their teams about research governance, NIHR processes, compliance and other research-related issues including financing and contracts. 


He has several years of experience in research governance and before Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust he worked in various large London NHS trusts including Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and University College London Hospitals. He is originally from Sweden.

Role: Research governance and regulatory compliance manager
Email:  I.Jakupovic@rbht.nhs.uk
Telephone: 0207 351 8109


Ira is primarily responsible for the set up and maintenance of the quality management system (QMS) to ensure appropriate oversight, management and administration of clinical research in the Trust. 


Ira provides advice to all researchers initiating Trust-sponsored clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMPs). She assists with:


  • writing study protocols
  • negotiating study-wide contracts
  • obtaining ethics and regulatory approvals
  • compliance with regulatory requirements.

 

Ira is responsible for audit and monitoring of all clinical research in the Trust. She is supported by the Clinical Research Oversight Committee (Clin-ROC) which oversees clinical delivery of research within the Trust. Ira holds a BSc (Hons) in biochemistry and microbiology, and an MSc in molecular biology.

Role: Tissue governance manager
Email:  R.Jones5@rbht.nhs.uk
Telephone: 0207 351 8709


Ryan works within the quality and safety team to oversee high-level compliance with the Human Tissue Authority’s (HTA) licensing requirements and tissue governance frameworks. 


He ensures that relevant statutory and regulatory requirements across all licensable sectors are met, and issues are resolved in a timely manner. 


Ryan is a former biomedical scientist, who has also worked in research and the private sector, and is experienced in working to Human Tissue Authority (HTA), Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA), ISO manufacturing and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regulations.

Role: Clinical trials monitor
Email:  V.Tudor@rbht.nhs.uk
Telephone: 0207 351 8868


Veronica has a scientific background, having been trained in Romania as an epidemiologist. Before starting her present role, she did an internship at the European Medicine Agency, working in the pharmacovigilance department and worked as clinical research associate in a central nervous system specialised clinical research organisation. 


She is currently doing an MSc in clinical research with Cardiff University and has experience in clinical research. 


She is responsible for the monitoring of all Trust-sponsored studies, ensuring that they are conducted, recorded and reported in accordance with good clinical practice and applicable regulatory requirements.

Role: Research information and systems manager
Email:  P.Lloyd@rbht.nhs.uk
Telephone: 0207 351 8773 


Peter has been a technical IT specialist in the healthcare sector, primarily in the NHS, since 1995. His expertise lies in identifying and creating systems solutions which include:


database design and development

internet and extranet implementation

application security. 


He is responsible for all information management systems used in the research office and manages the research sections of the internet, intranet and extranet.

Role: Statistician 
Email:  W.Banya@rbht.nhs.uk 
Telephone: 0207 352 8121 x3384  


Winston, who has an MSc in medical statistics, joined the trust in 2008 as medical statistician. 


He worked previously at MRC Laboratories in the Gambia (West Africa) and at Imperial College, London. Winston is heavily involved in the design and analysis of Trust studies. 


He has contributed to the publication of several important scientific papers in reputable journals and also provides teaching, in collaboration with Imperial College's NHLI staff. 


Contact Winston for statistical services early in the design and planning phase of new studies or to support the analysis of research projects. 


Research team support 


Role: Research nurse manager
Email:  p.rogers@rbht.nhs.uk 
Telephone: 01895 823737 x3575  
Bleep: 6085 


Paula joined the Trust in 1989 and secured her first research nurse position in 1994. Following several years undertaking research with patients in the transplant unit, Paula worked in the pharmaceutical industry in a research development role. 


Paula returned to the Trust in 2010 and works at Harefield Hospital. She provides mentorship to the research delivery team which includes nurses, physiologists and physiotherapists. Paula has secured two small grants which have allowed her to become Principal Investigator for her own studies. 


She works closely with the Research Quarterly Forum to develop meeting agendas which reflect the learning needs of the Trust’s research delivery team. Paula has a BSc in Nursing, a MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice and sits as an expert member of a Research Ethics Committee.


Cardiovascular research centre


Geraldine Sloane
Role: Cardiovascular BRU manager 
Email: G.Sloane@rbht.nhs.uk 
Telephone: 020 7351 8815 


Geraldine Sloane is the manager of the NIHR cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit at Royal Brompton & Harefield Foundation Trust and Imperial College London (BRU).


Geraldine is a qualified nurse, and worked in a variety of clinical specialities within the NHS prior to moving into clinical research. 


Geraldine joined the clinical pharmacology division of a large pharmaceutical company in 1992, working as a study coordinator and clinical manager across a range of early phase trials, including first time in man, proof of concept, and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic studies within a variety of therapeutic areas.


She joined a large CRO in 2000, working as a project manager and as clinical and business operation directors in an early phase trials unit.

Geraldine joined the BRU in 2012 after three years working in clinical research within the NHS.


Geraldine manages the clinical and administrative team within the BRU, with overall responsibility for financial management of the unit, oversight of internal funding competitions, operational activities and management of the biobank.

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