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Marion Watson

PhD, ARCS, PGCTHE, PGCMS


Clinical Trials Operational Lead

I joined NDORMS in September 2017 as Operational Lead for Experimental Medicine and Rheumatology, which is an expanding field within NDORMS.

Following a biochemistry degree and PhD in molecular biology I spent 15 years in drug discovery in the pharma industry before returning to academic research in Oxford 1997. Working from the NHS based Public Health Resource Unit I was a researcher on a range of public health and primary care studies, I ran the Primary Healthcare Research Network and became a Senior Lecturer in research methods at Oxford Brookes University.  With the UK Clinical Trials Regulations due to come into force in 2004 I developed intensive undergraduate and masters level modules at a time when GCP training was unavailable outside commercial settings.

From 2008 I was a Senior Research Support Associate in the Clinical Trials and Research Governance team (CTRG) providing sponsorship reviews, GCP monitoring, support and training for University of Oxford clinical trials and research studies.

Alongside the above I was Biological Safety Officer for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust from 2001 to 2011 with a remit for governance of all work involving Genetically Modified Organisms, notably Gene Therapy Clinical Trials.

In 2011 I moved to Imperial College London as Quality Assurance Manager for the Imperial Clinical Research Facility (ICRF), part of the Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine (ICTEM). The ICRF is an early phase clinical trials unit working to MHRA phase I accreditation standards. It also enabled me to continue my interest in Gene Therapy trials and Biological Safety across an NHS Trust. In addition I taught on a number of Masters courses in translational medicine and clinical research and was an NIHR GCP facilitator, a role I now continue in Oxford.