Great Ormond Street Hospital Clinical Trial Co-ordinator

Manju Agarwal

As part of the Newcastle Plan in 2015/16, eight patient organisations contributed £1.2m to fund at least 16 vital posts across the UK to support and expand clinical trial capacity for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. One of those posts was a new clinical trial co-ordinator role at Great Ormond Street Hospital, which the Duchenne Research Fund, Duchenne UK and Harrison’s Fund co-funded together with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Ms Manju Agarwal was subsequently recruited to fill the role. The initiative evolved into the DMD Hub, spearheaded by Duchenne UK and supported by the other charities, which aims to respond to clinical trial capacity needs across the UK. The objective of the Hub is to enable all patients to have access to clinical trials.


Clinical support post

£30,000 contribution

Funded in 2017-20

London, UK

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DRF funds Newcastle refurbishment

On Wednesday 27 September 2017, the newly refurbished paediatric area in the Clinical Research Facility at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary was officially opened by Professor Mark Walker and Dr Michela Guglieri.

Ten posts in place to support UK clinical trial capacity

Today we are announcing that TEN posts have been filled out of sixteen clinical posts to support clinical trial development for Duchenne. The posts are part of a £1.2m investment by eight patient organisations under the Newcastle Plan.

Newcastle Plan aims to boost UK clinical trial capacity for Duchenne

Last month the Duchenne Research Fund participated in the UK National Workshop on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Clinical Trial Capacity at Newcastle University, hosted by TREAT-NMD. The landmark meeting brought together 75 representatives from patient organisations, pharmaceutical companies, the National Institute for Health Research and a wide range of clinicians, to discuss the challenges and solutions to increase clinical trial capacity in the UK …

Charities award fellowship to vital Duchenne researcher

The Duchenne Research Fund is part of a consortium of charities working on Duchenne muscular dystrophy that has awarded a Fellowship to Dr Michela Guglieri in partnership with Newcastle University and Newcastle University Teaching Hospital to develop and advance the clinical trial agenda for this devastating and currently incurable condition. The award of £250,000 over five years is being matched by Newcastle University …

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