Meet the Team
Professor Chris Reid
Chris is a cardiovascular epidemiologist with appointments as Research Professor in both the School of Public Health at Curtin University in Perth and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne. He is Director of the Monash Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cardiovascular Outcomes Improvement (2016-2020). He holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship in addition to being the Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Program Grant (2016-2020) focusing on cardiovascular disease prevention. His major research interests include clinical outcome registries, randomised controlled trials, and epidemiological cohort studies.
He has been Study Director for the 2nd Australian National Blood Pressure (ANBP2) Study and currently a Chief Investigator for the Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) Study, the Statins in Reducing Events in the elderly Trial and the Australian arms of the HOPE-3, REACH and CLARIFY Registries. He is a Principal Investigator for the Victorian Cardiac Procedures Registry Project, the Melbourne Interventional Group (MIG) registry, and the ANZSCTS National Cardiac Surgical Registry. He has over 300 peer-reviewed publications, many of which are in leading journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JACC and the BMJ. He participates as a WHO consultant for prevention of cardiovascular disease in Mongolia, Vietnam and the West Pacific region.
Dr Helen Atkinson
Executive Officer CTDC, WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN)
Dr Helen Atkinson is Executive Officer of the Clinical Trials and Data Centre (CTDC), WA Health Translation Network. She has worked in endocrine research for over 20 years in both academic and public health organisations in Australia and the UK. Helen’s experience includes various research environments as well as ethics and governance in WA health.
Role: Helen’s role is to engage with the partners of the WAHTN (including hospitals, universities and research institutes) to promote and support the activities of the centre.
Dr Hui Jun Chih
Dr Jun Chih is a senior lecturer and research fellow at Curtin School of Population Health and Curtin Health Research and Data Analytics Hub – WAHTN Clinical Trials and Data Centre with expertise in a wide range of epidemiological, public health and clinical research studies. She is also the Western Australia Heath Translation Network (WAHTN) Clinical Trials Biostatistics Fellow.
In addition to her 0.8FTE teaching and leadership roles, Dr Chih provides her expertise in the designs and statistical analyses of randomised controlled clinical trials and health-related studies to multidisciplinary research teams across public and private hospitals, clinics and research centres. Jun has been awarded nine research grants (total: ~$781K), published 2 book chapters and 39 peer-reviewed papers with a total of 177 citations, and supervised 3 Honours, 13 Masters and 2 PhD students to on-time completion. Jun has been involved in research projects in the area of cardiovascular, cancer, psychosocial, mental health, and effective education practices.
Role: Jun assists clinicians with study designs and data analyses.
Clinical Trials Project Manager
Sue is a registered nurse who has extensive experience in the conduct and management of clinical trials across a variety of settings and therapeutic areas. Her experience includes all phase trials, with a particular focus on cardiovascular outcomes trials in general practice.
Role: Sue’s current role includes oversight and/or management of the conduct of all clinical trials being conducted by the centre with an emphasis on engagement with general practitioners and practices.
Clinical Trials Project Officer
Jenny is a Registered Nurse with 50 years of experience in the UK, USA, Victoria and WA, including critical and palliative care, and nursing and managerial experience in primary and Aboriginal health care.
Role: Recruit general practitioners as co-investigators, and assist them to identify, recruit and manage study participants. Jenny also works as a field officer for the STAREE study conducting participants visits in general practice.
Clinical Trials Project Coordinator
Clinical Trials Project Coordinator, CTDC, WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN)
Christine has held the position of Surveillance Unit Manager with the Vaccine Trials Group at Telethon Kids Institute, where she trained and managed a team recruiting participants to surveillance studies and clinical trials. She also has worked in primary health care clinical trials as well extensive experience in general practice as both a practice nurse and practice manager.
Role – Clinical Trials Project Coordinator with the WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN), Clinical Trials and Data Centre (CTDC). Christine supports persons involved in investigator-initiated clinical trials across WA hospitals, research institutes, universities and primary health care.
Software Developer / REDCap Administrator
John is an experienced Software Developer and enjoys developing custom solutions in an ever-evolving technological space. John also ensures best practices and technologies are used to help keep CCRE systems agile and adaptive to change.
Role: John is the Administrator of CCRE REDCap systems, web site architect and software developer across the team.
Clinical Trials Project Officer
Alison is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years’ experience in Australia and the UK as well as volunteer experience in Zimbabwe and Indonesia. Previous research roles have been as a Clinical Research Nurse and Research Study Coordinator in the specialties of oncology, diabetes and endocrinology.
ROLE: Field Officer for the STAREE study conducting patient visits in GP practices. Additionally Alison supports the Healthy Living Clinic as a Research Nurse assisting the GMRx2 study, BIOBANK and other projects.
Dr Jacquita Affandi
Dr Jacquita Affandi, is a Research Fellow undertaking research focusing on identifying pre-clinical markers of cardiovascular disease.
Role: She currently manages The Healthy Living Clinic where she oversees clinical trials and clinical research projects associated with the CCRE, as well as mentoring PhD candidates.
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate
Suzanne is a sessional academic in the School of Public Health. She is a tutor and unit coordinator of health risk assessment units at Curtin and is completing a PhD in Public Health which investigates relationships between indoor air pollutants and selected cardiometabolic risk factors.
She is also a PhD candidate supervised by Professor Chris Reid.
Dr Daniel Xu
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Daniel Xu MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, is a general practitioner and senior research fellow with particular interests in cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, men’s and women’s population health and epidemiology.
Role: As medical liaison officer and researcher, Dan identifies and recruits GPs and community participants for clinical trial projects. He is also principal investigator on the Concussion Recovery (CREST) cohort study in the Curtin School of Population Health, and associate investigator on a few NHMRC funded studies and provides medical oversight for clinical trial participant visits within the Healthy Living Clinic of CCRE.
Clinical Trials Project Officer
Annie is a registered nurse with 45 years’ experience in general, rural, accident & emergency and ambulance nursing.
Role: Field Officer for the STAREE study conducting patient visits in GP practices. Annie also supports the Healthy Living Clinic as a research nurse assisting the GMRx2 study, STAREE Heart, BIOBANK and other projects where necessary.
Julia has worked in the health sector, in diverse government, non-government and corporate roles. She is a Registered Nurse with a degree in Health Science (Health Promotion). Her previous roles include Regional Manager, Perth North East for the WA Primary Health Alliance, National Manager for PC4, the Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (cancer research in primary care) and Senior Development Officer in the Department of Health.
Role: CRE-COI: monitoring funded projects and scholarships, and the budget; drafting a business plan and communications strategy. ANZACT: setting up the ANZ Alliance for Cardiovascular Trials – recruiting members, organising workshops, drafting policies and procedures. WACOR – the WA Cardiac Outcomes Registry, which will collect a minimised, standard set of information from all patients undergoing specific cardiac treatments or procedures at participating hospital sites.
Clinical Trials Project Officer
Yvonne was a Nurse for over 30yrs, having a change of career to Bank Manager for the last 16 years. Now very happy to be back in the medical field and enjoying her role as Clinical Trials Project Officer.
Role: Setting up appointments with Medical Practices to discuss The STAREE Clinical Trial. Hopefully signing up the Doctors to be Co-Investigators and part of the Trial. She can then access their patients database and look for eligible patients to be invited to take part in the trial.
Clinical Trial Project Officer
Amy has a degree in Science (Nutrition) and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, and has varied experience in the healthcare sector. Her previous roles have included Cardiac Technician, Laboratory Technician and Research Officer.
Role: Coordination of the day to day activities in the Healthy Living Clinic as well as participant recruitment and performing study visits. Amy is also lead study coordinator for the GMRx2 clinical trial
and assists with STAREE Biobank and the PACIFIC study.
Dr Chau Ho MBBS, PhD, is a medical researcher with interests in cardiovascular, chronic disease and primary care.
Role: Chau contributes to the analysis of INTEGRATE trial and VCOR registry. She also provides assistance with design, study ethics, data management, and dissemination of findings.
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