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CVCTU Core Team

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia

Director of the CVCTU and Professor of Vascular Pharmacology

Professor Amrita AhluwaliaProf Ahluwalia is the Director of the Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit (CVCTU), a branch of the Barts Clinical Trials Unit. Under Prof Ahluwalia’s leadership, the CVCTU has been established to manage and coordinate clinical trials with robust systems to ensure the highest quality standards of conduct and delivery of cardiovascular clinical trials and is funded by the Barts Charity Cardiovascular Research Programme.


Dr. Dan Jones

CVCTU Clinical Senior Lecturer - Clinical Lead for Intervention Studies

Dr Dan JonesDan's primary research interests are based around translational interventional clinical trials, having completing an MSc in clinical trial design. Other interests include the treatment of reperfusion injury following myocardial infarction, novel therapies for myocardial regeneration, the cost-effectiveness of cardiovascular therapies and the study of outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention.

Dr. Ajay Gupta

CVCTU Clinical Senior Lecturer - Lead for Population Health and Therapeutic Trials

Ajay GuptaAjay’s research to date has been in a broader field of preventive cardiovascular and metabolic medicine with a particular focus on hypertension, statin therapy, and diabetes. He has extensive experience of population health research, clinical trials design and management, and has been associated with several large phase-3 clinical trials, such as ASCOT. He has been on the end-point and adjudication committees of a few clinical trials and studies, such as PREMIUM, SABRE, and ORBITA.  When working in Imperial College, he gained substantial experience in analyses of large databases. Another research interest of Ajay is on reporting of drug-related adverse events in trials, and how are they captured in databases.


Annastazia Learoyd

Senior Clinical Trials Statistician

Leayrod, AnastaziaA neurobiologist by background with a PhD from University of Nottingham studying the effect of infection on ischemic stroke, I became a medical statistician in 2020. I have since completed an MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and worked at the Unit for Medical Statistics in Kings College London. My experience includes a range of Phase II and Phase III clinical trials examining novel drugs, cell therapies and health technologies in different diseases/settings. I joined the CVCTU as a Senior Statistician in June 2023.


Dilveer Singh Sually 

Senior Clinical Trials Monitor

Dr Dilveer SuallyI have a background in Pharmacology and Medicine having initially worked as a medical doctor in busy London hospitals. I have worked in clinical trials since 2012, performing varied roles, including trial coordination and monitoring; and have completed projects across different stages of the trial life cycle from set-up, conduct and closedown. I am keen to work with colleagues as a team to successfully deliver our trials. 


Simon Menezes

CVCTU Clinical Trials Database Programmer/Manager

Simon MenezesI joined the WHRI CVCTU team in June 2021.  My area of expertise is database construction for clinical studies.  I have been working as a database programmer for about forty years both in the private and public sectors.



Jessica Adams

CVCTU Trials Unit Manager

Jessica AdamsI manage the CVCTU team and oversee day-to-day operations for ongoing studies and the adoption of new studies.




Marian Benford

CVCTU Quality Manager

I have worked in Clinical Research since 1984 for Wellcome Plc, GlaxoWellcome Plc, Pfizer Ltd with varying positions; Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Research Manager, Clinical Trial AE and coding specialist.  For the last seven years have been with WHRI in the Clinical Research Centre.

I love travel and have climbed the Sydney Bridge, been in a helicopter and have flown a small aircraft at Biggin Hill.  Studying on-line child psychology. My next challenge is to undertake a degree.  


Laura Carrington

Clinical Trials Coordinator

Laura CarringtonI joined the WHRI CVCTU team as a Clinical Trials Coordinator in June 2023, having previously worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Trials Administrator. I coordinate the set-up, day-to-day running, and close-down of clinical trials.


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