Heidi graduated in June 2015 with a first class MSci in Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen. As part of her studies she undertook an industrial placement year which was based with a clinical recruitment agency. She specialised in hiring for large CRO organisations for roles across the UK and Europe, specifically recruitment for Research Nurses, Clinical Research Monitors, and roles involving patient recruitment and pre-clinical scientific work. During her studies Heidi also completed an internship with a large pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Princeton, New Jersey.
She joined HSRU in July 2015 as a PhD student with Trial Forge. Her project focusses on improving the efficiency of clinical trials, with particular focus on patient recruitment.
Clinical Trials Methodology - Clinical Research Efficiency - Patient Recruitment & Retention - Health Services Research - Patient Decision Making - Evidence-Based Medicine - Research Waste - Public Health - Public Engagement - Reporting of Science in the Media
Heidi's research looks at methods for improving participant recruitment into clinical trials. The project is threefold and involves: 1. Consolidating what we currently know about recruitment interventions from both randomised and non-randomised evaluations, 2. Communicating this knowledge to trialists in a useable way through the use of effective data presentation methods, 3. Improving the current knowledge base through the publication of SWATs specifically-designed to plug gaps in the evidence base.