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Projects looking at aspects of Research Ethics, Governance and Integrity. Reporting Bias, Research Waste, Research Culture and Integrity. Methodological support for clinicians wanting to conduct research in their clinical area.

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My academic interest is in Research Ethics and Integrity, specifically human participant Medical and Defence research. I am seconded to the Health Research Authority on the "Think Ethics" project, and was formally chair of the fast track research ethics committee. I am also seconded to the UK Health Security Agency (formally PHE) as chair of the Research Ethics and Governance Group (REGG) and chair the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee (MODREC). I am a member of the "Human Challenge" specialist ethics committee (NHS), am a trustee of the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), and was the UK adapting author of the popular Oxford University Press "Research Integrity" online course.

Prior to moving into Bioethics my background was in Biochemistry (PhD, Southampton 2005) with several years as a post-doctoral research fellow in Professor Sir Mark Pepys' group at UCL Medical School where our work on a small molecule depleter of C-reactive protein was published on the front cover of Nature, and a second project developing drugs targeting the serum protein Transthyretin was patented and licensed to the pharmaceutical company GSK. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2012 as a Senior Fellow, and then Senior Lecturer, in Biochemistry funded by a BBSRC new investigators award. Following further degrees in Philosophy (BA, Open) and Research Ethics (MA, Keele), I moved to a Senior Lectureship in Evidence Based Healthcare in 2017, and then Reader in Bioethics as of 2021.

Research Interests

  • Research Ethics, Integrity and Governance
  • Ethics committee review: quality and consistency
  • Defence and dual use research
  • Human Challenge Trials
  • Research Waste
  • Research Culture

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Trustee, UK Research Integrity Office

1 Jul 2022 → …

Chair Fast-track REC, Health Research Authority

1 Sep 202130 Jul 2022

Chair, REGG, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

1 Apr 2019 → …

Chair, MODREC, Ministry of Defence

27 Apr 2016 → …


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