BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Member of the OH BRC Patient and Research (PAR) Group
I work within the Department of Psychiatry and the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre to promote patient and public involvement and engagement (PPI/E) in research. My interest in PPI/E developed out of a desire to improve and manage my mood disorder (Bipolar Disorder 1).
For almost 20 years I participated in clinical trials and studies ranging from a randomised control trial of different medication combinations to StemBANCC - a study to develop a resource of induced pluripotent stem cells for researchers to use in their search for drugs to treat and cure disease.
Since 2015 I have been advising on how to raise the profile of mental health research, influence research design and how to best involve patients and members of the community in research. From 2016 - 2022 I was the Patient co-chair of the Patient and Research (PAR) group. I was also the PPIEP lay member for the OHBRC Steering Committee. In addition to my work at the OH BRC, from 2018 - 2022 I sat on the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for Thames Valley and region and from 2017 - 2022 the SPCR Evidence Synthesis Working Group. In early 2020 I joined the Ethics Board for IM2PACT, an international research project, formed by a new consortium of 27 partners from academia, industry, small and medium size enterprises which “aims to tackle the unmet challenge of discovery and characterisation of blood-brain barrier targets and transport mechanisms for brain delivery of therapeutics to treat neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases”.
Since 2018 I have been a lay contributor to a number of research papers and more recently have acted as the PPI co-applicant. Latterly my interests have led me to be involved with medical education and in this role I have been co-delivering lectures on Mood Disorder and Humanities and Psychiatry workshop sessions as well as sitting on the Psychiatry Undergraduate Teaching Committee.
• Patient and Public Involvement
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