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CVCTU Core Team

Professor Amrita AhluwaliaProfessor Amrita Ahluwalia

Director of the CVCTU and Professor of Vascular Pharmacology

Prof 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 JonesDr. Dan Jones

CVCTU Clinical Senior Lecturer - Clinical Lead for Intervention Studies

Dan'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.

Ajay GuptaDr. Ajay Gupta

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

Ajay’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.


Jessica AdamsJessica Adams

CVCTU Trials Unit Manager

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



Leayrod, AnastaziaAnnastazia Learoyd

Senior Clinical Trials Statistician

A 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.


Dr Dilveer SuallyDilveer Singh Sually 

Senior Clinical Trials Monitor

I 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. 


Georgia Mannion-Krase

Senior Data Manager

Georgia has 11 years of clinical trials experience, covering diverse settings and a range of trial types and medical areas, specializing in data management. Currently leading the data management team at CVCTU, Georgia focuses on maintaining data integrity and efficiency.

In addition to data management, Georgia has contributed to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) enhancements within clinical trials. This reflects their commitment not only to technical aspects but also to fostering inclusivity in the field.

Georgia has a reputation for meticulousness, innovation, and dedication. As they continue to lead CVCTU’s data management team, Georgia remains committed to excellence in data management and advancing the clinical trials landscape.


Elli Enayat

Senior Clinical Trials Coordinator

I have joined the WHRI CVCTU team in January 2024. I have extensive experience in both clinical trial management and bench work across various disease areas.

I have previously managed observational and interventional trials and studies in both primary and secondary care at UCL, UCLH and King’s College London. 


Kamran Khan

Clinical Trials Statistician

I have a master’s degree in health informatics from University College London (UCL) and recently submitted Ph.D. thesis.

My Ph.D. research was focused on exploring post-dementia outcomes and prognostic factors affecting hospitalisations, institutionalization, and mortality in the English Electronic Health Record (EHR) data using novel statistical modelling.

My previous role was working in the NHS as a data analyst and in November 2022, I joined the CVCTU as a Clinical Trials Statistician. Here I am responsible for all aspects of clinical trials data analysis and providing statistical support in the execution, and analysis of drug and device trials for cardiovascular diseases.


Emily KirkpatrickEmily Kirkpatrick

Senior Trial Coordinator

I joined the WHRI CVCTU team as the BRC Senior Clinical Trials Coordinator, having previously worked at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, UCLH and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine specialising in Data Management, Trial Coordination and Project Management.


Jane Field

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Jane rejoined the CVCTU team in October 2023, and is Trial Coordinator for the SCRATCH-HTN study, an MHRA regulated trial using a device (like a TENS machine) which aims to reduce uncontrolled high blood pressure. Jane has worked in clinical research since 2001, having worked for Pfizer, Novo Nordisk and IQVIA, and also with the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit (ICTU) and Cancer Prevention Trials Unit (CPTU). Jane has expertise in in all aspects of clinical trial planning, set up, conduct, analysis and publication.


Laura CarringtonLaura Carrington

Clinical Trials Coordinator

I 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.


Nikeeta Gurung

Clinical Trials Coordinator

I became a part of CVCTU in December 2023, stepping into the role of Clinical Trials Coordinator. My expertise lies in setup and management of clinical trials within our dynamic team.


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