Cheryl completed an undergraduate degree in Human Movement Science at The University of Liverpool. Following that she worked as a Laboratory Assistant, within the Stable Isotope Group at MRC Human Nutrition Research. Here, Cheryl prepared isotopic material for administration to participants, carried out venepuncture techniques including cannula, and used modelling programmes to analyse isotopic data.
Following on from the MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit, Cheryl worked as a Physical Activity Research Assistant with the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge. Here, Cheryl met volunteers and took them through informed consent and a variety of measurements including anthropometric measurements, DEXA scans, ultrasound scans and a range of physical activity tests. Cheryl then moved into study coordination with the MRC Epidemiology Unit learning the operational aspects of research and has worked on several studies including observational, natural intervention trials and clinical trials.
Cheryl has also worked for the NIHR Cambridge BioResource leading the Study Coordination, managing a large portfolio of research studies. There, she was responsible for screening and recruiting participants based on genotypic and/or phenotypic criteria, monitoring study progress and ensuring that study requirements were met.
Cheryl is now working as a project coordinator cardiovascular group within the Primary Care Unit. They are testing the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of implementing a screening programme in GP surgeries for atrial fibrillation (AF) as a measure for preventing strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular events.
Cheryl has a keen interest in the responsibilities of study coordination especially in health research.
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