The Surrey Clinical Research Centre is made up of highly qualified, experienced professionals including medical physicians, nurses, researchers, project managers, data managers and statisticians. Their primary focus is to ensure the safety and comfort of the patients participating in trials, whilst ensuring that the data collected is of the highest quality and accuracy.
Senior Management Team:
Wendy Fraser – Head of Clinical Research
Wendy Fraser is the Head of Clinical Research at the Surrey Clinical Research Centre. As a qualified nurse and midwife, she acquired clinical experience within a variety of hospital environments before deciding to concentrate on Phase 1 clinical research. Her 18 years’ experience in this particular area has been gained via three diverse specialised units, which included Chiltern International. Wendy is currently responsible for: the Clinical Research team, who conduct the trial activities at the Surrey CRC; and the Recruitment team, who ensure recruitment targets are met.
Wendy Fraser has been responsible for overseeing the training and implementation of the unique Through-the-Portal PK Sampling conducted at the Surrey CRC. She is a registered member of the Institute of Clinical Research and a member of the UKCRF.
Dr Victoria Revell – Head of Research and Study Management
Dr Victoria Revell has over 14 years’ experience in human circadian rhythms research. Her research has primarily focused on the non-visual effects of light on physiology, behaviour, the circadian clock and sleep patterns, as well as the impact of the circadian clock and sleep on metabolism. Victoria graduated in Biology from Imperial College London in 2000 and completed a PhD in Human Circadian Physiology and Behaviour at the University of Surrey in 2004. She then held post-doctoral positions at Rush University Medical Center Chicago, The University of Manchester and the University of Surrey. Victoria has worked as a project manager at the Surrey Clinical Research Centre since 2010 where she has been involved in a diverse array of studies including vaccines, sleep, oncology, surgery and metabolism. Victoria is author of more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented at several international conferences. She is currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Pharmacology.
Dr Hanna Hassanin - Associate Medical Director
Dr Hana Hassanin has qualified in medicine and surgery (MBBS) in 2000 and subsequently received the “Doctorate of Medicine” in “Oncology and Immunotherapy” in 2008 from Heidelberg University at the National Centre for Tumours in Germany with special interest in pancreatic adenocarcinoma.
Dr Hana Hassanin has also received PGDiP in diabetes from Cardiff University in 2011.
Dr Hana Hassanin has dedicated her time for conducting clinical trials in the last 8 years. She has been the principal investigator for over forty studies and chief investigator for a number of studies. These studies were in different phases I, II, III and IV and covered various therapeutic areas such as Oncology, Diabetes, Cardiovascular (Hypertension and Hypercholesterolemia), Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Insomnia, Benign Prostate Hypertrophy, respiratory diseases (COPD and Asthma), Immunology/vaccines, Urology ( Overactive bladder) and gastrointestinal diseases (IBS, constipation).
On the 7th March 2016, Hana has received a recognition award for broadening the understanding of clinical trials. She has received this recognition in the international educational event ( Aware For All) organised by CISCRP (The Centre for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation).
Before Joining Surrey CRC, DR Hana Hassanin was the UK Medical Operations Manager and was managing the medical team/conduction of clinical trials of eight dedicated clinical research centres (DCR) in the UK. DR Hana Hassanin has also worked as the Diabetes Regional Medical Advisor for the south east of England covering Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
Karen Cobb- Deputy Head of Clinical Research and Sleep Service Manager
Karen Cobb RGN, Deputy Head of Clinical Research and Sleep Service Manager. Qualified in 1988 and has a wealth of experience both here and overseas. She has over 15 years of experience working within research including First in Human studies, healthy volunteer dose escalation trials, phase 1 oncology, vaccines, sleep and academic studies. Karen is the specialist Nurse on the Through the Portal PK sampling system and was trained at Harvard.She also Managers the CQC registered Sleep service.
Kathryn Betts – Quality Assurance Manager
Kathryn joined Surrey CRC in May 2016. Prior to this Kathryn worked in the QA team at The Pirbright Institute and as an Analyst for Thames Water.
Kathryn obtained her degree in Natural Science (Chemistry and Biology) from Durham University in 2011, and is a member of the UKCRF QA Workstream and the RQA.
Surrey Sleep Research Unit Centre:
Professor Derk-Jan Dijk BSc, MSc, PhD
Director of Sleep/Wake Research, Professor of Sleep and Physiology and Director of the Surrey Sleep Research Unit Centre (SSRC)
The SSRC is a centre which is dedicated to multidisciplinary approaches to sleep research and education. Prof Dijk has more than 25 years of experience in sleep research. His research interests include the evaluation of human sleep and biological rhythms, quantitative EEG analysis, effects of light on sleep, performance and circadian rhythms, aging and sleep disorders.
He has worked collaboratively with the Pharmaceutical Industry on a number of projects involving the development of hypnotics and counter measures for shift-work and jet lag. His research is also funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and The Airforce Office of Scientific Research.
Professor Dijk is a Member of the European Sleep Research Society, Sleep Research Society, British Sleep Society, The Society for Neuroscience and the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms. He has published more than 150 papers on sleep and circadian rhythms and is frequently invited to speak at national and international scientific conferences.
All staff undergo essential training in:
- Good Clinical Practice
- Life support: all staff receive annual basic life support training as a minimum, with clinical research staff receiving annual Intermediate Life support, Defibrillation and Anaphylaxis training and medical staff receiving Advanced Life Support training.
- SOPs: we have a comprehensive portfolio of standard operating procedures and work instructions that staff train on relevant to their role.