Meet The Team

We have three teams within DSRU, to view a specific group, click one of the options below:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Business Admin

Research

Saad Shakir

> Professor Saad Shakir

Director, Drug Safety Research Unit

Director Saad Shakir MB ChB LRCP&S FRCP FFPM MRCGP qualified in Medicine in 1976 and worked in hospital medicine for eleven years before moving to general practice. He has been working in pharmacovigilance & pharmacoepidemiology for more than a decade, initially at the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) in the UK then in the international pharmaceutical industry.

He was appointed as the Director of the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) in Southampton in 1999. The DSRU is an academic Unit associated with the University of Portsmouth. At the DSRU he leads a research team with an active programme for monitoring and studying the safety of medicines. Saad Shakir is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, a Fellow of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK. He continues to practice clinical medicine part-time. He has worked and advised on many drug safety issues including product withdrawals and major safety hazards. He is an author of many publications in scientific journals on pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology and is a member of the editorial board of the journals of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. Saad Shakir has led, co-ordinated and participated in many postgraduate educational and training programmes. He supervises postgraduate students for higher degrees and has been involved with a number of international initiatives to promote and develop pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology. He has worked and advised on many drug safety issues including product withdrawals and major safety hazards.

> Dr Vicki Osborne

Principal Research Fellow

Vicki has a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Portsmouth and an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Florida in 2018.  Vicki has over 10 years of experience in the fields of pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology, with many of those years spent working in research at the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU). Vicki is currently the Principal Research Fellow at the DSRU and is the unit coordinator for Introduction to Pharmacoepidemiology. She also currently teaches and facilitates on various other DSRU courses, while continuing to publish in international, peer-reviewed journals.

> Dr Liz Lynn

Head of Scientific and Educational Development

Liz graduated from Imperial College with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Biology and subsequently gained an MSc in Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology from the University of Manchester and a PhD on the molecular biology of the human parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Liz then worked as a postdoctoral research scientist for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, specialising in molecular parasitology and proteomics. After gaining some business development experience, Liz started at the DSRU as Head of Scientific and Educational Development in September 2007. Her role is broadly to lead development of further scientific, educational and business opportunities in collaboration with the senior team at DSRU.

> Rachel Green

Executive Assistant

Rachel joined the DSRU in February 2009 with 20 years experience as both Secretary and Assistant. In addition to being the Director’s Personal Assistant, Rachel is also Secretary to the Unit’s Board of Trustees.

> Rita Koumparos

DSRU Secretary

Rita joined the DSRU in July 2014 as Reception Secretary providing secretarial support to Professor Shakir and his PA. In addition, she provides secretarial and administrative support to the Unit as required. She is the first point of contact for visitors and telephone enquiries at the Unit.

> Dr Debabrata Roy

Research Fellow

Debabrata joined the DSRU as a Research Fellow in October 2015. He has a life science background and holds a BSc in Pharmacology (University College London) and an MSc in Drug Discovery Skills (King’s College London). Debabrata completed a PhD in Neuroendocrinology pre-clinical research from Imperial College London investigating the role of neuropeptides in appetite regulation and energy homeostasis. He has also trained in Epidemiology, gaining an MSc from Imperial College London. Debabrata provides pharmacoepidemiological support in the design and analysis of M-PEM, SCEM and CPRD studies. In addition, he is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth and is currently working towards and supports the DSRU’s Post-graduate Diploma in Pharmacovigilance.

> Samantha Lane

Research Fellow

Samantha joined the DSRU as a Research Fellow in January 2017, and is mostly involved in the Impact Project. She graduated from the University of the West of England in 2015 with a First Class Honours degree in Veterinary Nursing before obtaining an MSc with Distinction in Biomedical Science, specialising in Medical Microbiology. Since joining the DSRU Samantha has completed the PgC in Pharmacovigilance, and is now studying a part-time MSc in Epidemiology.

> Lorna Hazell

Senior Research Fellow

Lorna studied at Strathclyde University, Glasgow achieving a First Class Honours degree in pharmacy. Following her training at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Lorna spent several years developing a career in hospital pharmacy, in particular, in the area of “Medicines Information” and has also worked for large UK community pharmacy chains such as Moss Pharmacy and Boots, completing an MSc in Community Pharmacy in 2003.

Lorna joined the DSRU as a research fellow in February 2004 where she has been involved in several large collaborative projects involving analysis of adverse event data from spontaneous reporting systems including an evaluation of the impact of patient reporting of adverse drug reactions to the UK’s Yellow Card Scheme and signal detection analyses in the FDA AERS and Eudravigilance databases. Lorna has been involved in the design and analysis of several post-authorisation drug safety studies and has also worked in the area of systematic literature review, in particular, investigating the arrhythmogenic potential of drugs as part of the EC-funded ARITMO project.

More recently, Lorna has been involved in the development and implementation of enhanced safety surveillance methods in monitoring the safety of seasonal influenza vaccines.

> Dr Sandeep Dhanda

Clinical Research Fellow

Sandeep qualified from Keele Medical School (University of Manchester) in 2011 and completed her general professional training at SHO level in a variety of hospital specialities ranging from A&E to Psychiatry. She joined the DSRU in January 2015 as a Clinical Research Fellow and has since worked on a variety of observational studies, as well as providing medical support as required. She is in the process of completing a part time MSc in Epidemiology with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

> Dr Miranda Davies

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Miranda qualified from Southampton Medical School in 1995. She completed Senior House Officer posts in a variety of hospital specialties (Psychiatry, Elderly Care, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Palliative Medicine).  Miranda joined the DSRU in 2002 as a Clinical Research Fellow.

Miranda has worked primarily on Modified-Prescription Event Monitoring (M-PEM) and Specialist Cohort Event Monitoring (SCEM) studies, providing medical support. In November 2002, she was appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, and has presented at international conferences, and published papers in peer reviewed journals. She is actively involved in teaching, facilitating and course organisation through DSRU Education and Research Limited, and was appointed Senior Clinical Research Fellow in 2010. She holds the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine, and is a Member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (MFPM) of the Royal College of Physicians.

Jacqueline Hunt

> Jacqueline Denyer

SCEM Study Facilitator

Jacqueline Denyer graduated from the University of London in 1984 with a BA(Hons) in Modern History.  She worked in a variety of roles in the NHS for over 25 years, latterly coordinating clinical trials in cystic fibrosis, and 3 years as Assistant Operations Manager in the NIHR Centre for Biomedical Research in Southampton.  Jackie joined the DSRU in June 2012 as Regional Facilitator (London and South East) for the OBSERVA study.  She then moved on to be a Regional Facilitator for the ROSE study and is now a Study Facilitator for our current SCEM study, the ROSE ACS study.

> Dr Alison Evans

SCEM Study Manager & Senior Research Fellow

Alison has a BSc (Hons) in Toxicology and Pharmacology from the School of Pharmacy, University of London and a PhD in genetics from St George’s Hospital Medical School in London. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at University College London studying the genetic aspects of hereditary heart disease.  After studying and working in London for 20 years, Alison’s life turned full circle with a move back down to Dorset and a return to the study of the adverse effects of drugs, joining the DSRU in 2012 as the Study Manager for the Rivaroxaban Observational Safety Evaluation (ROSE) study. She is also now the Study Manager for our current SCEM study, the ROSE ACS study and, as a Senior Research Fellow is also involved in the DSRU’s other pharmacovigilance activities

> Theresa Fordham

SCEM Study Administrator

Theresa joined the DSRU in October 2015 as Study Administrator for the ROSE study.  She now provides administrative support for our current SCEM study, the ROSE ACS study. Theresa’s background is in the oil and gas industry in document control and project management.

Education

Saad Shakir

> Professor Saad Shakir

Director, Drug Safety Research Unit

Director Saad Shakir MB ChB LRCP&S FRCP FFPM MRCGP qualified in Medicine in 1976 and worked in hospital medicine for eleven years before moving to general practice. He has been working in pharmacovigilance & pharmacoepidemiology for more than a decade, initially at the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) in the UK then in the international pharmaceutical industry.

He was appointed as the Director of the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) in Southampton in 1999. The DSRU is an academic Unit associated with the University of Portsmouth. At the DSRU he leads a research team with an active programme for monitoring and studying the safety of medicines. Saad Shakir is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, a Fellow of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK. He continues to practice clinical medicine part-time. He has worked and advised on many drug safety issues including product withdrawals and major safety hazards. He is an author of many publications in scientific journals on pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology and is a member of the editorial board of the journals of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. Saad Shakir has led, co-ordinated and participated in many postgraduate educational and training programmes. He supervises postgraduate students for higher degrees and has been involved with a number of international initiatives to promote and develop pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology. He has worked and advised on many drug safety issues including product withdrawals and major safety hazards.

> Derek Hall

Operations Manager & Company Secretary for DSRU Education & Training Ltd

Derek Hall joined the DSRU in 2016 following careers in Operational roles in Manufacturing and as a Royal Naval Logistics Officer. His experience spans professional disciplines in HR, Finance, Facilities Management, Logistics and Administration.  As Operations Manager for the DSRU, his ultimate management responsibilities include financial and facilities management; I.T.; human resources incorporating non-medical training; health and safety; security and fleet management. He provides additional input as a member of the senior management team. Derek also holds the position of Company Secretary for the educational arm of the DSRU in which he executes his statutory responsibilities together with providing management support for its administrative function.

> Lynda Carr

Accounts, Payroll & Pensions Administrator

Lynda Carr joined the DSRU in 2008. She is responsible for book-keeping, management accounting and payroll. She completed an accounting degree at Bournemouth University and then went on to complete the ACCA examinations.

> Fiona Snelling

Education & Training Manager

Fiona graduated from the University of Bournemouth with a BA Hons in Event Management in 2013. Following this, she worked in the hotel industry as a Senior Conference and Events Coordinator, before joining the DSRU in 2015 as Course Administrator. In her new role, as Education & Training Manager, Fiona is responsible for managing the calendar of training events as well as the postgraduate programmes in pharmacovigilance in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.

> Kirsty Rogers

Education Administrator

Kirsty joined the DSRU straight from college in September 2006 and joined the Education & Training department in November 2011. Her role as Education Administrator involves providing support for the calendar of training events. During her time at the DSRU Kirsty has completed an NVQ in Business and Administration to help her develop within her job role.

> Theresa Fordham

Education & Training Administrator

Theresa joined the DSRU in October 2015 as Study Administrator for the ROSE study and joined the Education & Training Department in January 2017 as an Administrator. Her role is to provide administrative support for the calendar of training events. Her background is in the oil and gas industry in document control and project management.

Business Admin

Saad Shakir

> Professor Saad Shakir

Director, Drug Safety Research Unit

Director Saad Shakir MB ChB LRCP&S FRCP FFPM MRCGP qualified in Medicine in 1976 and worked in hospital medicine for eleven years before moving to general practice. He has been working in pharmacovigilance & pharmacoepidemiology for more than a decade, initially at the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) in the UK then in the international pharmaceutical industry.

He was appointed as the Director of the Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) in Southampton in 1999. The DSRU is an academic Unit associated with the University of Portsmouth. At the DSRU he leads a research team with an active programme for monitoring and studying the safety of medicines. Saad Shakir is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, a Fellow of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK. He continues to practice clinical medicine part-time. He has worked and advised on many drug safety issues including product withdrawals and major safety hazards. He is an author of many publications in scientific journals on pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology and is a member of the editorial board of the journals of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. Saad Shakir has led, co-ordinated and participated in many postgraduate educational and training programmes. He supervises postgraduate students for higher degrees and has been involved with a number of international initiatives to promote and develop pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology. He has worked and advised on many drug safety issues including product withdrawals and major safety hazards.

> Derek Hall

Operations Manager & Company Secretary for DSRU Education & Training Ltd

Derek Hall joined the DSRU in 2016 following careers in Operational roles in Manufacturing and as a Royal Naval Logistics Officer. His experience spans professional disciplines in HR, Finance, Facilities Management, Logistics and Administration.  As Operations Manager for the DSRU, his ultimate management responsibilities include financial and facilities management; I.T.; human resources incorporating non-medical training; health and safety; security and fleet management. He provides additional input as a member of the senior management team. Derek also holds the position of Company Secretary for the educational arm of the DSRU in which he executes his statutory responsibilities together with providing management support for its administrative function.

> Lynda Carr

Accounts, Payroll & Pensions Administrator

Lynda Carr joined the DSRU in 2008. She is responsible for book-keeping, management accounting and payroll. She completed an accounting degree at Bournemouth University and then went on to complete the ACCA examinations.

> Brian Jordan

Network Administrator

Brian has been with the DSRU since 1998 and is responsible for the computer and telecoms systems, network hardware and security.

> Shayne Freemantle

Head of Data Management

Shayne graduated from Hertfordshire University in 1992 with a BSc in Combined Studies (Statistics with Business). He has also attained Postgraduate Diplomas in Operational Research and Information Systems.

Shayne joined the DSRU in September 1995 and is responsible for all aspects of data processing and management of DSRU drug safety studies and contributes significantly on a strategic and operational level to the DSRU’s Information Systems. He is a member of the DSRU’s Information Security Team, involved with Information Governance and prominently engaged in modernising the Unit’s Quality Management System.

> Ted Toogood

Maintenance & Security

Ted joined the DSRU in 1992 following a long career in the Police Force, 13 years as a Metropolitan Police Officer and 10 years with Hampshire Constabulary. Ted’s accountabilities are twofold: he has first hand responsibility for all aspects of unit security and also carries out routine maintenance tasks including electrical work for which he holds Part P Certification.

> Bob Croucher

Domestic Cleaning

> Tracey Scott

Team Leader Data Processing & Dispatch

Tracey has worked at the DSRU since 2006 in the Coding Department. Currently Coding Supervisor, Tracey’s responsibilities include overall training and supervision of the coding team, planning and implementation of coding strategies and Quality Assurance of data entry.

> Margaret Cullen

Data Processing & Dispatch Operator

Margaret’s duties include the printing and dispatch of all questionnaires sent by the DSRU. In addition, she is responsible for inward post checking, scanning and entering questionnaires, and filing.

> Sandra Hathaway

Coder

Sandra’s day-to-day work comprises data entry of medical information received from General Practice, with a high emphasis put on accuracy and efficiency. This information forms the basis of all of our studies and is integral to PEM process.

> Lynnette Young

Coder

Lynnette’s day-to-day work comprises data entry of medical information received from General Practice, with a high emphasis put on accuracy and efficiency. This information forms the basis of all of our studies and is integral to PEM process.

> Hannah Diffey

Coder

Hannah recently graduated with a BA Hons in Criminology from Southampton Solent University. She joined the DSRU in January 2015 on a temporary basis and became a permanent member of staff in June 2015. Her responsibilities comprise data entry of medical information and helping deal with inward post. Since joining she has begun an online course in human anatomy and physiology to help with the terminology she encounters on a day-to- day basis.