This year’s British Science Week is all about ‘Smashing Stereotypes’ by showcasing the diversity of the science, technology, engineering and maths workforce and the broad range of roles available.
This coincides with Healthcare Science Week, which promotes the amazing work of healthcare science professionals and highlights the difference they make to patients’ lives.
To mark the occasion, we are highlighting some of the inspirational scientists who work across our clinical research and who are smashing stereotypes every day. We hope the campaign inspires children to get involved in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Dr Marlies Osterman
Marlies is a consultant in critical care and nephrology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Professor at King’s College London. Marlies’ research is at the very core of her clinical work and vice versa and like many of our researchers, she works across both medicine and science on a daily basis. Throughout the COVID19 pandemic, as well as caring for some of the most severely ill patients at Guy’s and St Thomas’, Marlies has been working as a co-investigator to deliver the RECOVERY Trial and as the lead for the Covid-19 and Acute Kidney Injury Study. Learn more about her career in medicine and science.
Professor Manu Shankar-Hari
Manu is a consultant in critical care medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and an NHIR clinician scientist. Like Marlies, he uses his clinical work to inform his research and throughout the pandemic, he has been instrumental in our research response to COVID19. Manu has been involved in and often takes the lead in a huge range of studies including:
- A study which identified five genes associated with the most severe form of the disease
- Research looking at how the immune system is altered in a rare COVID-19 related illness in children referred to as paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS-TS).
- An online tool which informs recovery prospects for sepsis survivors
- Trialling the use of blood plasma from recovered COVID19 patients to be used as treatment for new patients.
COVID Research team
Cherry Paice, Kathrine Hilario and Lauren Martinez are all clinical research practitioners in the COVID-19 research team. Clinical research practitioner roles cover both clinical skills, such as conducting patients’ research appointments and taking blood samples, to data management and governance requirements, such as talking to trial sponsors and project managers. The team are able to use their scientific interests and translate that into excellent patient care, all whilst being an essential part of COVID-19 research.
Natasha is a scientist by background and is now one of our BRC cluster managers, leading on Advanced Therapeutics & Experimental Medicine. Natasha’s role entails enabling clinical research teams to deliver faster translation of research to bedside.
Read more about Natasha’s role and her journey into a science career.
Angela is an Advanced Therapy Production Scientist, working as part of our Good Manufacturing Practice team. Angela and her team develop new advanced therapy medicinal products for illnesses such as cancer, Crohn’s disease and COVID19.