Edinburgh Clinical Trials

Key People

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Prof John Norrie
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Chair of Medical Statistics and Trial Methodology; 0131 651 7875 (BQ9); j.norrie@ed.ac.uk

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Prof Rustam Al-Shahi Salman
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Clinical Director & Professor of Clinical Neurology

0131 465 9602; Rustam.Al-Shahi@ed.ac.uk

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Operations Director

Reporting directly to the clinical director(s) is responsible for the overall running and management of ECTU.  This involves having oversight of all HR, finance and planning functions.  I am also closely involved in developing research grant proposals working with the methodology team and CIs on the operational planning of future studies and pulling together the costs for applications.  Represents ECTU on the various management committees within the Deanery, Institute and College.  

Gina Cranswick
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Trial Team Manager (Operational); 0131 537 2531; gina.cranswick@ed.ac.uk

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My background is in managing large, international, pragmatic, academic trials. My role is Trial Team Manager for the Operations team within ECTU. This 15 strong team is made up of Trial managers, assistant TMs, support officers and data management. I am responsible for overseeing the trial within our portfolio including CTIMPS, NON CTIMPs, device trials and observational studies within a range of disease conditions including GI, rheumatology, neurology, paediatrics, cardiology and critical care. Part of my role is to provide research design advice to researchers for potential new studies. I am also a founder member on the faculty of the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Management Course.

Debbie Alexander
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Trial Team Manager (Clinical); 0131 537 3858; debbie.alexander@ed.ac.uk

17 years’ experience as a research nurse in phase I to phase IV commercial and academic trials. My role is Trial Team Manager for the Clinical team of research nurses in Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. This includes planning and co-ordinating the clinical activity in relation to implementing research protocols and maximising recruitment for several trials located in both primary and secondary care whilst ensuring adherence to GCP guidelines.  Part of my role is to ensure that the research nurses have the appropriate training and to act as a mentor in relation to study related activities as well as being involved in the ECTU operational structures and processes.

Prof Steff Lewis
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Professor of Medical Statistics;  0131 650 3198; steff.lewis@ed.ac.uk

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Data Management and Programming Team Leader

Manages a team that develops and manages data collection and management systems for clinical trials and other types of clinical research.



Prof Chris Weir
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Professor of Medical statistics and Clinical Trials; 0131 650 3230; christopher.weir@ed.ac.uk

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