Dr Jessica Wright PhD, MA, BSc

Study ManagerJessica Wright

The School of Health and Related Research
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Tel: +44 (0) 114 22 24304
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0870
email : Jessica.Wright@sheffield.ac.uk


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

My research interests relate to medical research law and ethics, with a particular focus on both consent and biobanking. During my PhD I researched what influences (either positively or negatively) the harmonisation of biobanks. As a result I am particularly interested in the development and implementation of standards within busy organisations such as the NHS. Additionally, I am interested in privacy, confidentiality and data protection in relation to research.

Professional Activities

  • Since 2012 I have been 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)
  • Member of the BBMRI.UK Mirror Committee on the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) Common Service

Current Projects


Please click here to view a full list of Dr Jessica Wright's publications

Journal articles

  • Wallace S, Gourna E, Laurie G, Shoush O & Wright J (2016) Respecting Autonomy Over Time: Policy and Empirical Evidence on Re-Consent in Longitudinal Biomedical Research. Bioethics, 30(3), 210-217. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bijlenga P, Ebeling C, Jaegersberg M, Summers P, Rogers A, Waterworth A, Iavindrasana J, Macho J, Pereira VM, Bukovics P, Vivas E, Sturkenboom MCJM, Wright J, Friedrich CM, Frangi A, Byrne J, Schaller K, Rufenacht D, Narata AP, Clarke A, Yarnold J, Kover F, Schatlo B, Hudak S, Teta P, Blasco J, Gonzalez AM, Lovblad K-O, Coley S, Doczi T, Risselada R, Sola T, Lawford P, Patel U, Singh P, Wickins J, Elger B, Beyleveld D, Wood S, Hasselmeyer P, Arbona A, Meyer R, Hose R, Lonsdale G, Hofmann-Apitius M, Frangi A, Bijlenga P, Hofmann-Apitius M, Hose R, Lonsdale G, Arbona A, Hasselmeyer P, Rufenacht D, Bijlenga P, Summers P, Jagersberg M, Rogers A, Schaller K, Byrne J, Wright J, Wilkins J, Beyleveld D, Elger B, Waterworth A, Wood S, Iavindrasana J, Meyer R, Friedrich C, Ebeling C, Ebeling C, Bijlenga P, Risselada R, Friedrich C, Sturkenboom MC, Bijlenga P, Jagersberg M, Rogers A, Schatlo B, Teta P, Schaller K, Mendes-Pereira V, Gonzalez AM, Narata AP, Lovblad KO, Rufenacht DA, Yarnold J, Summers P, Clarke A, Zilani G, Byrne J, Macho J, Blasco J, Bukovics P, Kover F, Hudak I, Doczi T, Risselada R, Sturkenboom MC, Singh P, Waterworth A, Patel U, Coley S, Lawford P, Sola T & Vivas E (2013) Risk of Rupture of Small Anterior Communicating Artery Aneurysms Is Similar to Posterior Circulation Aneurysms. Stroke, 44(11), 3018-3026. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Elger BS, Iavindrasana J, Lo Iacono L, Müller H, Roduit N, Summers P & Wright J (2010) Strategies for health data exchange for secondary, cross-institutional clinical research. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, 99(3), 230-251. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wright J, Ploem C, Śliwka M & Gevers S (2010) Regulating Tissue Research: Do we need additional rules to protect research participants?. European Journal of Health Law, 17, 455-469. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Wright J, Wickins-Drazilova D, Townend D & Taylor MJ (2012) Privacy interests in biobanking: A preliminary view on a European perspective, Principles and Practice in Biobank Governance (pp. 137-160). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rouillé-Mirza S & Wright J (2004) Comparative Study on the Implementation and Effect of Directive 95/46/EC on Medical Research in Europe In Beyleveld D, Townend D, Wright J & Rouillé-Mirza S (Ed.), The Data Protection Directive and Medical Research Across Europe Gower Publishing, Ltd. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Beyleveld D, Townend D & Wright J (Eds.) (2006) Research Ethics Committees, Data Protection and Medical Research in European Countries. Ashgate Publishing Ltd. RIS download Bibtex download