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The William Harvey Research Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Founding members





Meet the co-founders: Recording of the CONNECT Inaugural Webinar which took place on 10th November 2021.
Further information 

Professor Julie Sanders

Professor Julie Sanders

  • Job title: Director of Clinical Research (SBH) and Clinical Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing (QMUL)
  • Institution(s): St Bartholomew’s Hospital (SBH), Barts Health NHS Trust and William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
  • Country: UK
  • Specialism: Cardiothoracic surgery; cardiovascular nursing
  • Research areas/interests: I am responsible for developing research and clinical academic career opportunities (internships, MSc, PhD, post-doc) for nurses and allied professionals (AP) in cardiovascular care. I am particularly interested in mortality, morbidity and patient reported outcomes after cardiac surgery. I am also the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) Nursing and AHP academic lead, the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP) Secretary/Treasurer (2020-2022), ACNAP Science Committee Chair (2020-2022) and NIHR 70@70 Senior Nurse/Midwife Research Leader London and South-East hub mentor (2019-2022).
  • Open to be contacted for PhD/collaborative research opportunities: Yes
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Professor Suzanne Fredericks

  • Institution: Ryerson University
  • Country: Canada
  • Specialism: Cardiovascular surgical 
  • Research areas/interests: Prof Fredericks is a Nurse Scientist whose program of research focuses on designing and evaluating interventions to support patients undergoing invasive surgical procedures. She has received advanced research methods training through the Canadian Institute of Health Research Randomized Controlled Trials Mentorship Training Program and is an active researcher within the Cochrane Heart Group. Suzanne Fredericks is a Professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University and is an Affiliate Scientist at the University Health Network’s Toronto General Hospital Research Institute.
  • Open to be contacted for PhD/collaborative research opportunities: Yes
  • Email:
  • Web profile: fredericksresearch.com

Professor Rochelle Wynne 

  • Job title: Clinical Nurse Consultant, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Professor of Nursing/span>
  • Institution:  The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Wollongong/span>
  • Country: Australia
  • Specialism: Cardiothoracic Surgery; Cardiovascular Nursing
  • Research areas/interests:  Rochelle is an active clinical researcher in cardiothoracic patient care with a particular interest in practice patterns in acute and critical care. Her research to date has investigated the ways in which point of care nursing practice impacts on patient safety, quality of care and the patient experience. A quantitative researcher, Rochelle has expertise in logistic and multivariate regression, repeated measures, risk prediction modelling and propensity analyses. The key theme of her research program is the postoperative management of cardiac surgical candidates and foci within that theme of particular interest are pain management, pulmonary dysfunction and the trajectory of patient recovery.
  • Open to be contacted for PhD/collaborative research opportunities: Yes
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A/Professor Geraldine Martorella

Job title: Associate Professor
Institution: Florida State University
Country: USA
Specialism: Chronic postsurgical pain prevention
Research areas/interests: Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of innovative and patient-centered nursing interventions for the management of pain and the prevention of chronic pain. Dr. Martorella conducts research on the effects of Web-based and tailored psychoeducational interventions facilitating the self-management of postoperative pain. Using experimental and mixed method designs, she has been targeting psychosocial factors of pain. Her interventions include the utilization of information technologies, cognitive behavioral strategies including mindfulness as well as complementary and alternative therapies, such as massage. 
Open to be contacted for PhD/collaborative research opportunities: Yes
Web profile:

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