I started working in the department in December 2021 and work as the Clinical Trials Project Coordinator, where I help support multiple projects within stroke research. My role includes screening suitable patients, administering cognitive assessments, processing blood samples, organising brain scans, and inputting data. The current projects I am involved in are randomised clinical trials which investigate different areas of stroke.
- MINERVA is a double blind treatment trial which involves a therapeutic intervention in patients with Small Vessel Disease. Using PET/MRI imaging to investigate neuroinflammation and blood-brain barrier leakage in patients following a stroke, we can analyse the treatment’s impact over a 12 month period.
- CADASIL is a rare form of hereditary Small Vessel Disease and can be passed through families via genetic mutations. As part of our UK-Familial study, by taking blood samples and analysing the phenotypes of symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, we aim to develop an evidence base to identify and treat the disease.
- SOLVE is a pilot intervention to study patients with symptomatic carotid stenosis. Our research investigates whether inhibiting the HDAC9 gene will reduce the risk of stroke and the development of fatty deposits on large arteries. Using a PET/CT scanner to produce blood vessel images, we aim to find a reduction of inflammation within the carotid plaque over a period of 24 months.
I am excited to be working alongside the clinical trials team and love exploring the research and images that we produce.
2021: MSc, King’s College London in Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology
2017-2020: BSc, Lancaster University in Psychology