Our paediatric research team hosted a takeover on the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Research Twitter. On Friday 5 April, the team shared photos of themselves and some of the patients taking part in research studies. They talked about what they do and showed the range of roles and activities involved in a research study. Here’s a summary of what they said during the day.


The paediatric research team having their morning meeting

‘Hi, we’re the Paediatric Research Team @GSTTnhs & @EvelinaLondon, running research projects involving children & young people. We’re taking over this Twitter feed today. Here we are at our morning team meeting. Look out for more posts about our work throughout the day.’

From l-r: Alyssia Soroka, Larissa Barker, Katherine Kerfoot, Martin Woods, Mohammad Ahmad, Debasish Adhikary, Aurica Domocos, Holly Jephson, Marice Lazaga


Dr Melita Irving and her team, with patients Sam and Jack

‘Here’s Dr Melita Irving and team with patients Sam and Jack who are taking part in a trial for children with #Achondroplasia. This #RareDisease causes dwarfism. The trial aims to cut the number of operations patients need & make their daily lives easier.’

From l-r: Dr Melita Irving, Dr Alessandra Cocca, Sam, Jack, Kelly Millgate, Diana Osmund


Children's research nurse Alyssia talkig to a patient who is taking part in a study

‘Children’s research nurse Alyssia Soroka is talking to a patient taking part in a trial. She says: “Our role is to help #ClinicalTrials that offer new treatments to improve patient care & outcomes. We act as advocates for our patients to ensure their safety remains paramount”‘


Research nurse Lydia and allergy patient Rose

‘Our Paediatric Allergy Research Group manages exciting projects to improve food allergy prevention, diagnostics and treatments. Here’s clinical research nurse Lydia McMunn running a test with allergy patient Rose.’


Research nurse Jakki preparing the specialised equipment for the newborn MRI scanner

‘Research nurse Jakki Brandon is preparing our specialised equipment for our newborn MRI scanner. It allows us to perform around 500 scans each year for our ground-breaking research studies looking at very early brain development.’


Clinical trial coordinator Arnold loading samples onto a centrifuge.

Arnold Xhikola is our clinical trials coordinator. He says: “I manage a range of research studies such as The Cleft Collective study. My role spans all stages of trials & ensures that patients have the best possible experience throughout their research journey.”