About GRO / Contacts/ News

About GRO / Contacts/ News

About Grampian Research Office

GRO is the Grampian Research Office; a partnership between NHS-Grampian and University of Aberdeen to support clinical research activities undertaken by staff of either organisation. Key research management staff from both organisations work closely together to provide a one-stop-shop for streamlined access to advice, training, support and resources to support the design and delivery of high quality clinical research focussed on improving patient and public health.

GRO staff are employed by NHS-Grampian, University of Aberdeen or NHS Research Scotland (NRS). Their expertise includes Research funding and contracts, Research Governance, Quality Assurance, Monitoring, Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory Inspection, Training (to both Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Good Research Practice), Research Nurse Support, Clinical Research Facilities, R&D Management Permissions, Research Ethics and Research Passports.

GRO supports research projects ranging from student studies to regulated Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products and Medical Device Clinical Investigations. These studies may be undertaken by NHS-Grampian, University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, or large commercial organisations.

For general enquiries please email us at gram.researchoffice@nhs.scot.

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University of Aberdeen Research & Innovation
Research Awareness Grampian
UoA and NHS-G Research Governance

Research Awareness NHS Grampian


Need to speak to someone about an aspect of your research? Find out who to talk to here.

Research Governance (NHS Grampian and University of Aberdeen)

The Research Governance Team should be contacted for all sponsorship queries, amendments and applications for locally sponsored studies (UoA and NHSG).

You can e-mail the research governance team here: researchgovernance@abdn.ac.uk

For reporting adverse events and breaches: pharmaco@abdn.ac.uk

For data studies using DASH please contact: nnpac@abdn.ac.uk

Or come and see us in person - Polwarth Building Room 1.126

Research Governance Manager
Louise King

Research Governance Officers
Stacey Dawson
Lynn McKay

Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance team can offer assistance with the University of Aberdeen-NHS Grampian Quality Management System, including SOPs, audit and compliance with standards. The Quality Assurance Manager is also the named archivist and can provide guidance on archiving research data.

Research Monitors can be contacted to discuss assistance with the creation of Investigators Site Files, queries with regard to monitoring visits and/or any other questions that research teams may have with the progress of trials or general advice. For general monitoring queries please email the monitoring team: gram.monitorsrandd@nhs.scot

Quality Assurance Manager
Richard Cowie
Tel: 01224 (5)54656

Research Monitor/Quality Assurance Support Officer
Rory Lynch
Tel: 01224 (5)58003

Research Monitor
Caroline Campbell
Tel: 01224 (5)58003

Document Controller
Jenna Craig                                                                                               
Tel: 01224 (5)54362

NHS Grampian Research and Development (NHSG R&D)

Please contact gram.randd@nhs.scot for general enquiries in the first instance.

R&D Director
Seshadri Vasan
Tel: 01224 (5)51121

Interim Senior Manager
Susan Ridge
Tel: 01224 (5)53728

Finance & Business Support Assistant
Tel: 01224 (5)59452

Research and Innovation

Research and Innovation

For funding, research applications or contractual queries, please contact:

Institute of Medical Sciences and Rowett Institute:                                                                                                    Dr Anne McGavigan: anne.mcgavigan@abdn.ac.uk
Tel: 01224 437095


Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Institute of Dentistry and Institute of Education in Healthcare and Medical Sciences:                                                                                                                                                                Katrina Stuart: katrina.stuart1@abdn.ac.uk

For more Research and Innovation contact information please click here.

Administration Team

General R&D queries, archiving queries and endowments administration.

Office Manager
Fiona Brebner
Tel: 01224 (5)51121

Administrative Assistant
Lucy Kennedy

Administrative Assistant
Joyce Owen

Commercial Team

All commercial queries, including commercial contracts/budget review/acceptance, finance, study set up and close down.

For General enquiries: gram.randd_commercial@nhs.scot

Head of Commercial Research
Alison Stewart
Tel: 01224 (5)54958

Assistant Research and Development Manager
Mutsumi Ono

Data Co-ordinator
Karen Melvin

Feasibility Team

Support in completing feasibility questionnaires and other documents required at Feasibility Stage, Site Selection Visits (SSV) and Site Initiation Visits (SIV).

Study Support & Trials Feasibility Co-ordinators
Claudia Zabke
Lindsay Paterson


All non-commercial queries, including non-commercial contracts/budget review/acceptance and finance queries.

Non-Commercial Research Manager
Susan Ridge
Tel: 01224 (5)53728

Assistant Research and Development Manager
Nicola Price
Tel: 01224 (5)51174

Senior Project Administrator
Louise Osborne

Data Coordinator
Linda Leith
Tel: 01224 (5)53846

Data Coordinator
Lisa Shearer
Tel: 01224 (5)53846

Research Passports

Research Passport and CPMS queries.

Senior Project Administrator(Scientific)
Rituka Richardson

Generic Review

Study-wide global governance checks on behalf of Scotland, of non-commercial and commercial multi-centre research studies and issue of Governance Report. Contract/budget negotiations with commercial sponsors.

NRS Generic Review Manager
Khyati Parikh

Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs)

Study management enquiries, including maintenance of research facilities and lab processing.

CRFs Manager
Mariella D’Alessandro
Tel: 01224 (5)54051

R&D Trials Manager 
Lynn MacKay
Kirsteen MacDonald (Clinical Trials Administrator) 
Tel: 01224 438002

CRFs Laboratory Technicians
Lizzie McConville 
Zoe Cahoon

Robyn Cockroft 
Morag Harvey

Research Engagement and Involvement

Patient and public awareness, engagement or involvement (PPI) in research.

Research Engagement and Involvement (REI) Officers
Claudia Zabke
Emma Berry

Research Nurses

Research nurses’ costs and availability enquiries.

Lead Research Nurse
Vicky Taylor
Tel: 01224 (5)55171

North of Scotland Research Ethics Service

Scientific Officer
Rachel Hardie

Senior Ethics Co-ordinator
Carol Irvine

Assistant Ethics Co-ordinator
Sarah Lorick

Ethics Administrator
Karen Stephen


The training team offer courses and support for both new and established researchers. You can e-mail the training team here: gram.randdtraining@nhs.scot

Training Facilitators
Gillian Dowds
Mandi Coutts

Study Support & Recruitment

NRS Portfolio Performance Manager
Jacqui Pearson
Recruitment in the North Node (Grampian, Highland, Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland)

NRS Champion Support Manager
Maria Amezaga
Research activity and delivery to clinical studies in Reproductive Health and Childbirth across Scotland

NHS Research Scotland Permissions Coordinating Centre

NRS PCC Change Manager
John McDonald

Senior Administrators
Pamela Shand
Kalyar Lwin
Anne Brebner
Michelle Middleton

Clinical Trials Pharmacy

For trials involving a medicinal product, contact the CTP at the earliest opportunity. You can obtain advice on supply, formulary requirements, storage, QP release etc.

Pharmacy can be contacted by emailing gram.pharmacytrials@nhs.scot.