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Critical Care and Peri-operative Medicine Research Group

Research Staff

Our research staff includes trial coordinators, research nurses, research fellows and many others. Each role has an important part to play in producing high quality research.

Ruzena Uddin

Senior Trial Coordinator

Ruzena graduated in 2004 from Queen Mary University of London with a MSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She has over 14 years’ experience of working in the research environment ranging from phase I, device trials and clinical trials of investigational medicinal products. She joined the team in 2018 and has oversight of all the finances, research and staff management.

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Priyanthi Dias

Senior Trial Coordinator

Priya graduated in 2003 from Cardiff University with a degree in Biochemistry. She has worked in a research environment for the last ten years, during which time she completed her PhD in Cardiac Medicine. Having joined the Group in October 2016 as Senior Trials Coordinator, Priya is now able to pursue her passion of working in a more patient-focused research setting.

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Mari-Liis Pakats

Senior Trial Coordinator

Mari-Liis graduated from the University of York with a degree in Genetics and joined the group in 2016. Among managing smaller scale observational projects, she has primarily been coordinating one of the group's flagship studies, the PRISM trial. Having recently been promoted to a Senior Trial Coordinator, Mari-Liis has oversight of multiple research projects coordinated from within the team.

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Maria Fernandez

Senior Critical Care Research Nurse

Maria graduated from University of Granada, Spain in 2002 with a BA in Nursing. Maria has worked in the ED and ICU, has 10 years of pre-hospital medicine clinical work and is focussed on improving the quality of nursing care.

She joined the ACCU at RLH and discovered research is the only way to improve and deliver better care to patients.

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Tim Martin

Senior Critical Care Research Nurse

Tim has a background of 16 years as a Critical Care Nurse, having worked at the London Chest Hospital, Barts & The London, the Alfred in Australia and UCLH. He has always had an interest in medical knowledge and joined the Group as a Critical Care Research Nurse in October 2015 where he thoroughly enjoys the work involved.

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Adam Hewitt Smith

Anaesthetist and Honorary Lecturer at Busitema University

Adam Hewitt Smith

Adam is a UK trained anaesthetist who has been working in eastern Uganda for the last six years. He is an honorary lecturer at Busitema University and together with his Ugandan colleagues has established the country’s first BSc training programme in Anaesthesia for non-physician anaesthetists. He is a PhD student at QMUL and lead investigator for the SMARTER trial.

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Alastair Somerville

Trial Coordinator

Ali graduated in 2018 with an MSc in medical entomology from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He joined the team in July 2019, and works mainly on the coordination of the OSIRIS programme, investigating shared decision making in high-risk surgical patients. He also collects and manages patient data for other trials within the group.

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Ana Gutierrez del Arroyo

Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ana obtained her PhD in 2000 in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University Autonoma, Madrid. This explored the mechanism of lymphocyte apoptosis and chemotherapy. Postdoctoral work includes cellular senescence and cell cycle regulation at London Cancer Research Institute; mechanisms of Myeloproliferative disorders and Sepsis-Induced Immunoparesis at UCL, and organ dysfunction in perioperative Medicine.

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Angela McNelly

Post-doctoral Scientist 

Angela gained a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and her PhD in Cellular Chemotherapy from the University of London. She additionally has a Masters in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition. Her research includes the IVC trial and is currently investigating a potential role for ketones as an alternative source of energy during critical illness.

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Ann Thomson

PCTU Senior Trials Manager

Ann has an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Westminster. Her research interests include pragmatic interventions in the NHS; the practical day-to-day management of research; methodological research; nutrition, obesity, quality improvement and primary care. She has over 6 years’ experience in managing trials and currently manages two trials with Professor Pearse: EPOCH and OPTIMISE II.

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Akshaykumar Patel

Lead Statistican

Akshay graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc in Mathematics and completed an MSc focused in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2015-17). He went on to work at The Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre. Akshay is our lead statistician on large-scale observational studies and clinical trials.

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Alex Fowler

Junior Doctor and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow

Alex is studying the epidemiology of high risk surgical patients in the NHS. He started working with the group while a medical student, graduated from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2015, and worked as a clinical research fellow in the critical care unit prior to starting his PhD. 

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Andrew Gardner

Clinical Research Fellow

Andrew is a specialty registrar in intensive care medicine. He obtained a medical degree from the University of Oxford in 2015, and prior to this, a Msc in Immunology. At Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridge, he undertook an Academic Foundation Post in neurocritical care. He is interested in translational medicine, with a particular focus on therapeutic strategies for brain injury, and the role of health policy in improving patient outcomes.

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Connor Toal

Clinical Research Fellow

Connor Toal

Connor completed his Natural Sciences degree at University of Cambridge and his medical degree at University College London. Since graduating he has been involved in several small research teams, largely focusing on development of software to help with analysis of investigations and disease diagnosis. His current interests lie in risk stratification and personalised medicine which he hopes to explore further while a research fellow in the group.

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Fatima Seidu

Critical Care Research Nurse

Fatima Seidu

Fatima graduated in 1999 with a degree in Nursing from Duisburg/Germany. She has more than 20 years of experience working in anaesthetics and critical care in Germany, and since 2007 at the Royal London Hospital (UK). In 2017 she obtained her MSc in Public Health and worked in Accra/Ghana, in various health related projects, set up to support the underprivileged population. This is where her interest in research was enhanced. Fatima decided to continue on this path and joined the team in July 2020.

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Filipa Alexandra Pereira dos Santos

Critical Care Research Nurse

Filipa graduated in 2010 from Escola Superior de Enfermagem Santa Maria. She has worked in Palliative Care nursing homes, Paediatric Theatres and in Adult Critical Care for four years at the Royal London Hospital. She is interested in research because she believes it can make a real difference when it comes to patient care. 

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Fred Bulamba

Senior Lecturer at Busitema University

Fred Bulamba

Dr Bulamba is a Senior Lecturer at Busitema University in Eastern Uganda. His research interest is perioperative medicine. Fred's current project, the 3D PPH study, is focused on postpartum hemorrhage, a condition that is still killing many women globally.

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Ryan Haines

PhD Candidate and Intensive Care Fellow

Ryan graduated from University College London in 2012 and joined the Group as a Clinical Research Fellow in August 2016. Ryan is currently gathering data on acute kidney injury and muscle wasting in trauma patients to explore the short and long-term outcomes of survivors of critical illness.

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Salma Begum

Trial Coordinator

Salma graduated from The Open University in 2016 with a degree in Biological Sciences. She helps coordinate the SPACE trial and collects data and follow ups for the other research trials run by the Group.  

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Sarah-Jane Turner

PhD Research Scientist

Sarah-Jane Turner graduated from the University of Dundee in 2015 with a BSc Hons Neuroscience, where she also undertook research into the development of novel monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer at the Jacqui Wood Cancer Institute. Based at the WHRI since 2016, she works in the Gareth Ackland group completing her PhD on the epigenetics of sepsis. Project funded by the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia.

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Sophie Walker

PhD Candidate

Sophie graduated from UCL Medical School in 2013. She joined the team in 2016 as an NIHR doctoral fellow and is working towards a PhD in perioperative cardiac injury. Her research interests include the role of angiotensin in acute inflammation and myocardial injury and the use of ACE-i/ARBs perioperatively.

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Tasnin Shahid

Trial Coordinator

Tasnin graduated in 2018 from King’s College London with a degree in Biomedical Science. Her interest in clinical trial research led her to join the group in November 2018 as a research assistant. She mainly works on coordinating the international OPTIMISE II trial but also provides support for other studies within the research group.

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Tim Jones

Clinical Research Fellow

Tim graduated in 2011 from Cambridge and from Barts and the London Medical School in 2015. He is interested in immune dysfunction after severe traumatic injury and the role of epigenetics this process. His ultimate aim being to find new diagnostic and prognostic tests so that medicines can be targeted to the most appropriate patients.

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Tim Stephens

PhD Candidate and Intensive Care Nurse

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Tim graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1999 with a BA in Nursing and obtained his MSc in Global Health in 2010 from UCL. He had a national role as co-lead in the EPOCH Trial, and the Chole-QuIC improvement collaborative and advises for the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative. His research is focussed on understanding on how complex interventions, such as quality improvement programmes or implementation interventions, can be better deployed and evaluated within perioperative care. Tim continues to work clinically and as a simulation/team trainer.

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Yize Wan

Clinical Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

Yize completed her medical studies and PhD at Nottingham University. She is currently a specialty registrar in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine within the London deanery. Her research interests are using epidemiological methods to investigate predictors of poor outcomes following surgery and critical illness.

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