Meet the Team

Clinical Trial Project Manager

Executive Officer

Clinical Trial Project Coordinator

Senior Research Fellow

Research Fellow

Research Fellow​

Research Associate

Research Associate

Research Associate

Clinical Trial Project Officer

Clinical Trial Project Officer

Clinical Trial Project Officer

Clinical Trial Project Officer

Clinical Trial Project Officer

Clinical Trial Project Officer

Clinical Trial Project Officer

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate

Administration Support

John Barrett

Team Details

Professor Chris Reid

Director

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.

Clinical Trial 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.

Julia Fallon-Ferguson

Executive Officer

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.

Christine Robins

Clinical Trial 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.

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.

Dr Hui Jun Chih

Research Fellow

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.

Dr Jacquita Affandi

Research Fellow

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.

Dr Chau Ho

Research Associate

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.

Hoa Vu

Research Associate

 Hoa is a recent graduate of Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health. She has undergraduate background in Medicine and has been working in Public Health for 10 years with topics of mother and child health, cardiovascular health, preventive workforce, and percutaneous coronary intervention registry. 

Role: Hoa is working in the manuscript regrading quality of life of coronary patients following percutaneous coronary intervention in Vietnam.  

Emma Emamrezaei

Research Associate

Emma is a PhD student in Public Health, with ongoing interest in the economic evaluation of healthcare and valuation of quality of life. She holds an BA in Healthcare Administration and an MSc in Health Economics. 

Role: Emma is currently working on an economic evaluation of ANZSCTS registry considering unwarranted variation of mortality rates in patients with cardiovascular disease. 

Clinical Trial 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.

Amy Ward

Clinical Trial Project Officer

Amy has varied experience in the healthcare sector, she has a degree in Science and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. 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.

Yvonne Stott

Clinical Trial Project Officer

After thirty years as a nurse, Yvonne tried a change of career to bank manager for the last 16 years. She is now very happy to be back in the medical field and enjoying her role as Clinical Trials Project Officer.

Role: As a GP liaison officer, Yvonne is responsible for recruiting general practitioners as co-investigators to the STAREE trial and assisting them to identify and recruit trial participants.

Annie Syred

Clinical Trial 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.

Karen French

Clinical Trial Project Officer

Karen is a registered nurse with 20 years’ experience as a Critical Care Nurse working for the NHS in the UK. She moved to WA with her family 13 years ago. Since arriving in Perth, Karen has worked as a Clinical Trial Nurse in areas of Respiratory health, Alzheimer’s disease and Early Phase clinical trials.

Role: Full time Field Officer for the STAREE study conducting patient visits in GP practices. 

Eilish McCarthy

Clinical Trial Project Officer

Eilish has diverse experience in the healthcare sector from pharmacy, medical imaging and clinical research. She has a degree in Science, majoring in pharmacology and pathology. Her previous roles include Pharmacy Student, X-ray Assistant and Clinical Trial Assistant.

Role: Acting as both a GP Liaison and Field Officer for the STAREE study in the South-West of WA. She works to sign up GP practices to the study and in conducting patient visits in by phone and in clinics.

Jenny Prince

Clinical Trial 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.

Suzanne Gilbey

Doctor of Philosophy

Suzanne is a sessional acedemic in the School of Population Health. She is a tutor and unit coordinator of health risk assessment units at Curtin and is completing a PhD in Public Health which invetigates relationships between indoor air polluntants and selected cardiometabolic risk factors. She is also a PhD candidate supervised by Professor Chris Reid.

Alana Kelly

Administration Support

Alana has over 20 years of Administration experience with an interest in graphic and web design. 

Role: Alana is primarily Administration support for Professor Christopher Reid and the wider CCRE team. She also plays a support role with ANZACT.

John Barrett

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.

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