NIHR Clinical Trials Fellows - Katherine Berry and Gordon Fuller
These fellowships provide 6-month placements (or 8 or 9 months part-time placements) for former NIHR fellowship holders to develop their skills in clinical trials.
Katherine is from the University of Manchester but has been seconded to the CTRU until March 2015.
Katherine trained as a clinical psychologist and recently completed an NIHR postdoctoral fellowship to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention to improve staff and patient relationships on long-stay psychiatric wards.
As well as finding out about other researchers’ trials and the work of the CTRU more generally, Katherine has been working with the unit on grant applications to fund a larger trial of her intervention and developing links with Sheffield Mental Health and Social Care Foundation Trust.
Gordon Fuller was recently awarded a 6 month NIHR clinical trials fellowship and started work in the Clinical Trials Research Unit in October 2014.
During his placement Gordon will gain a detailed understanding of the lifespan of clinical trials from the earliest pre-award stages to the dissemination of results. The fellowship will involve ‘hands on’ placements covering all aspects of trial conduct including the design, costing, conduct, management, analysis and communication of results. The overall aim is to gain the necessary skills to allow development into a clinical trial chief investigator.
Gordon is also training as an Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care doctor, and has recently completed a PhD in the School of Health and Related Research examining the organisation of medical services for patients with significant traumatic brain injury. His other research interests include the pitch-side management of concussion in sports, long term survival after head injury, and pulmonary embolism.