College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

CMVM Research office

We support the CMVM Dean of Research and Registrar and play a major strategic role in developing research, supporting staff and ensuring that CMVM strategy and environment support the highest levels of research excellence and integrity.

Our aim is to support the CMVM research  community to deliver the best outcomes, always exercising integrity, inclusion, respect and transparency.

Each team member has their own areas of focus to support College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) research, as described below.  Please contact us to find out more or if you think we can help you with something.


Jennifer Cusiter - Head of CMVM Research Office

Jen is the Head of the CMVM Research Office and works with a variety of CMVM stakeholders to develop and implement approaches that enable CMVM researchers to undertake world-leading research at the highest levels of integrity and ethics.

She helps to coordinate CMVM research portfolio development; is a member of the University Research Strategy Group; and also coordinates the CMVM Research Committee. Jen works closely with the CMVM research managers, providing expertise on the funding landscape and relevant opportunities. Jen was involved in the REF2021 submission.

She is a member of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA).

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Helen Murray - PA to the Dean of Research and Admin Support to Research Office

Helen provides comprehensive PA support to the Dean of Research, Stuart Forbes, proactively managing email, diary and paperwork.  Helen arranges, attends and supports a range of meetings in the support of the DOR and is a liaison between the DOR and the Research Office. Helen also supports the Research Office, helping to set up meetings for the various committees and assists with the collation of funding applications and award nominations. She was involved in the 2021 REF submission and is currently working on the next REF cycle.

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Lorraine Jackson - Translational Projects Officer 

Lorraine coordinates funds and initiatives within the CMVM designed to enable and incentivise translational research and industry collaborations. She provides support to the MRC Confidence in Concept Programme, which is a College translational fund that supports early stage translational projects to a point where the project is competitive for further substantive funding or industrial partnership.  She works closely with Edinburgh Innovations to ensure synergy between all CMVM translational funds.  She also manages the UoE/Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) which covers eight strategic areas from supporting early career researchers and interdisciplinary projects to public engagement and open research. 

Lorraine provides administrative support to the CMVM Translation and Commercialisation Board which was formed in 2018 to help maximise impact that CMVM research and teaching has upon society by increasing the quantity and quality of translation and commercialisation opportunities across CMVM.  She supports early career researchers via the Research Staff Committee and the Edinburgh Scientific Academic Track (ESAT) programme.  Lorraine was also involved in the 2021 REF submission and is currently working on the next REF cycle.

She is an ARMA member.

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Lena Lorenz - Senior Strategic Research Coordinator

Lena is responsible for the development and implementation of strategically important research support activities for CMVM. She is driving the development of a CMVM Research Impact Strategy  to effect structural and cultural change and to support researchers to maximise their research impact, together with Marja and in collaboration with the Dean of Research.

She manages the implementation of new research ethics structures within CMVM, coordinates the Edinburgh Medical School Research Ethics Committee (EMREC) and contributes to the drafting of new University research ethics policies. Lena coordinates the Clinical Trials Oversight Group (CTOG) and ensures action is taken to improve clinical trials support within CMVM. She collaborates with the Dean International and Edinburgh Global in implementing the CMVM International Strategy and improving global health study pathways for CMVM researchers.

Lena is an active member of the Medical School Athena Swan committee, the Edinburgh Race Equality Network, the Research Ethics and Integrity Group and ARMA.

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Anna Krzak - Research Information Manager & Open Research Coordinator

Anna is the CMVM strategic administrative lead for Open Research with a particular focus on driving good research culture, working alongside other key College and University stakeholders. 

She drives the implementation and evaluation of a number of strategic Open Access (OA) policies within CMVM, including the REF OA policy whilst leading a large CMVM OA support network. This involves providing specialist/technical advice on relevant regulatory and policy frameworks to both academic and professional services staff, monitoring risks and employing relevant response, developing and implementing new approaches, guidelines and workflows as required. 

Together with Lorraine, Anna also provides support for the Edinburgh Scientific Academic Track (ESAT) programme. She was involved in the REF2021 submission and sat on the University’s REF Advisory Group.

Anna is an active member of the Research Outputs Network (RON) and its governance committee, University's Pure User Group, a number of high-level working groups and ARMA.

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Sarah Atkins - Research Ethics & Integrity Administrator

Sarah provides administrative support to CMVM Medical School and Research Office with research ethics processes, including the triaging of application forms and sending applications for review. She is the main point of contact for the Edinburgh Medical School Research Ethics Committee (EMREC), handling applications and general enquiries, and provides secretarial support such as organising committee meetings, compiling reports for audit and maintaining membership records.

She liaises with other University RECs, the Research Governance office, Data Protection office, Edinburgh Research Office and other research governance and sponsorship bodies to support researchers applying for ethics approval.

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Andrew McBride – Translational Project Manager

Andrew is responsible for the management of the CMVM MRC Confidence in Concept fund.  This fund supports early translation of biomedical and interdisciplinary research to initiate the development of new innovations in healthcare and wellbeing.  Working closing with Translational Projects Officer, he manages funding calls and activities with the aim of both widening researcher participation and the diversity of translational opportunities that are competitive for onward development and investment.  Andrew supports researchers in developing funding proposals, project plans and collaborative links with key expertise and capabilities including industrial, clinical and regulatory partners.  He manages the portfolio of live projects, providing ongoing project management support to maximise innovative and impactful outcomes from our translational research community. 

Andrew is a member of the CMVM Translation and Commercialisation Board.

Translational Project Manager is a part-time role with Andrew spending the remainder of his time in the role of Entrepreneur in Residence with Edinburgh Innovations.  This provides a key linkage in translational activity between CMVM and Edinburgh Innovations.

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