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Susan Wagland

BA, BSc, MSc, PhD

Clinical Trials Manager

Orthopaedic trauma

As Clinical Trials Manager in Oxford Trauma Group I am responsible for day-to-day management of clinical trials:

  • FAME Trial which is recruiting patients;
  • UKSTAR Trial which has completed follow-up and is being prepared for publication;
  • PATH-2 Study which has met its recruitment target and has published results while we complete a long-term follow-up;
  • AIM Trial, which has been published.

The FAME trial is looking at the best treatment for unstable ankle fractures in adults aged up to 60 years old: surgical treatment or non-surgical treatment with close contact casting. The AIM Trial looked at the same treatments for adults aged over 60.

In UKSTAR we want to know whether patients with Achilles tendon ruptures treated non-surgically have a better outcome depending on whether they are immobilised in a plaster cast or an orthopaedic brace (walking boot).

The PATH-2 study investigated the effect of platelet rich plasma (PRP) as a non-surgical treatment for Achilles tendon ruptures, and found that it offers patients no benefit. 

I have three years’ experience of clinical trial management, and prior to working for the University, I spent 15 years in the IT industry, and specialised in project management, data quality and release management. I have also worked in University administration.

During my scientific training, I worked on breast cancer and gained a PhD from Brunel University London in Biology and Biochemistry Research. I also hold a BSc in Life Sciences from the Open University, an MSc from Brunel in Molecular Medicine with Cancer Research, and a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.