Dr Jessica Wright

PhD, MA, BSc

School of Health and Related Research

Study Manager

Jessica Wright
+44 114 22 24304

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Dr Jessica Wright
School of Health and Related Research
Room 2029
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I am currently a Study Manager based at the Sheffield Clinical Trials Research Unit in ScHARR. Previous to this I managed, and looked after quality assurance, for a busy biobank at the University of Oxford. I successfully completed my PhD in 2015, which focused on the factors influencing the harmonisation of biobanks in the UK. This was based at the University of Leicester Department of Health Sciences, SAPPHIRE group.

Prior to the PhD I worked at the University of Sheffield on several EC-funded research projects investigating privacy, data protection, research ethics and legal issues in medical, and especially genetic, research in Europe. I also took part in the EC-funded @neurIST project in the medico-legal and ethical aspects workpackage, which provided advice and guidance to medical researchers operating internationally.

Research interests

A key research interest is social interventions to support people diagnosed with dementia and related outcome measures. Additionally I have a focus on medical research law and ethics, in particular, consent and biobanking. During my PhD I conducted qualitative research into what influences (either positively or negatively) the harmonisation of biobanks. Additionally, I am interested in privacy, confidentiality and data protection in relation to research.

Current projects

  • JtD: Journeying Through Dementia
  • STOP-OHSS: Shaping and Trialling Outpatient Protocols for Ovarian HyperStimulation Syndrome

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Edited books

Journal articles


  • Taylor MJ, Townend D, Wright J & Wickins-Drazilova D (2009) Privacy Interests in Biobanking: A Preliminary View on a European Perspective In Kaye J & Stranger M (Ed.), Principles and Practice in Biobank Governance (pp. 137-161). Ashgate Publishing Company RIS download Bibtex download

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Conference proceedings papers

  • Wright J, Dixon-Woods M & Eborall HC (2012) The Human Tissue Act and Tissue Banking for Research. JOURNAL OF PATHOLOGY, Vol. 226 (pp S19-S19) RIS download Bibtex download


  • Biggs K, Hind D, Gossage-Worrall R, Sprange K, White D, Wright J, Chatters R, Berry K, Papaioannou D, Bradburn M , Walters SJ et al (2019) Challenges in the design, planning and implementation of trials evaluating group interventions. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Professional activities
  • From 2012 to 2016 I was the External Ethical Advisor on the EU Innovative Medicines Initiative project OrBiTo (Oral Biopharmaceutics Tools)
  • Between 2012 and 2013 I was a member of the Policy and Consent work packages for the UK Technology Strategy Board project STRATUM (Strategic Tissue Repository Alliance Through Unified Methodology)
  • From 2019 the ScHARR PGR Studentship Officer on the Postgraduate Research Committee
  • Co-coordinator of the HAR6116 Module Randomised Controlled Trials to Support Reimbursement Decision Making (online) module
  • External ethics advisor for the EU funded INTESTINANOS project from 2017
  • Drafting the ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) section of World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) "Common Minimum Standards and Protocols for Biobanks Dedicated to Cancer Research (2017)"