Current work and interests
Clare joined the Unit’s Global Diet and Physical Activity Research Group in May 2018, as Research Coordinator for the Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network. She left the Unit in 2022.
Her role supported the delivery of project objectives and the foundation of a long-term sustainable Network of researches from the UK and low and middle-income countries (LMICs) working to prevent noncommunicable diseases in LMIC settings. Her work involved establishing and supporting communication across the Network; acting as secretary to the Group and Network; developing materials to promote GDAR externally; coordinating activities, managing budgets and information to meet funder requirements; and liaising with researchers and support staff within the Research Governance/Research Office to advise on the new grant applications, ethical, data management, and legal considerations when undertaking international studies.
Background and experience
Clare trained as a Biomedical Scientist with clinical and research experience in biochemistry, diabetes, CVD, haematological disorders and cancer. She completed her PhD at the University of Ulster, examining the interrelationships between zinc, immune function and cognitive performance in older individuals in a multi-site EU-funded study. Clare spent 3 years as a Clinical Scientist, Grade 7b, at the Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust, where she managed the regional service for cytogenetic analysis of lymphoproliferative disorders covering a population of 1.2 million; and undertook research identifying novel prognostic markers to improve diagnosis and prognostic stratification of leukaemias.
Following this Clare joined the University of Cambridge in 2009 as Operations Manager for the Cambridge Blood & Stem Cell Biobank (CBSB), Department of Haematology, where she led the physical set-up of the laboratory and the development of standard operating procedures; had study coordination, quality assurance and database administration; and co-supervised the core laboratory team.
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