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 Deborah Layton

Principal Research Fellow

Deborah Layton graduated from Aston University, Birmingham in 1989 with a BSc in Pharmacy, and registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1990. She has extensive pharmacy practice experience in both community and hospital pharmacy sectors as well as extensive postgraduate qualifications in pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology and statistics with applications in medicine. At the DSRU, her present role includes project management, advice on and undertaking statistical analyses, protocol review, observational study designs for risk management plans and methodological development. She has an extensive publication list with more than 40 manuscripts in peer reviewed scientific journals; provides peer review of manuscripts submitted to a number of those journals and is on the Editorial Board of the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. She is a member of the education committee and abstract acceptance committee for international conferences held by the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) and also a member of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISOP). As Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth (UoP), she gives lectures on pharmacovigilance to pharmacy students. She also presents at national and international conferences. She is also Academic contact for the MSc Pharmacovigilance which is a collaborative programme between the DSRU and UoP.

> 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 Abigail Coughtrie

Research Fellow

Abigail graduated from the University of Bath with a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Biology and subsequently gained an MSc in Medical and Molecular Microbiology with distinction from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the University of Southampton. After deciding to enter the field of pharmacoepidemiology, she joined the Drug Safety Research Unit in October 2014 as an epidemiologist and research fellow. Abigail undertakes the statistical analysis of Modified-PEM and SCEM studies as well as protocol, questionnaire and statistical analysis plan development.

> Dr Debabrata Roy

Research Fellow

Debabrata is a Research Fellow at the DSRU. He has a life science background and holds a BSc in Pharmacology, an MSc in Drug Discovery Skills and a PhD in Neuroendocrinology research from Imperial College London. He has also trained in Epidemiology, gaining an MSc from Imperial College London.

> 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”. After a break for travelling, Lorna moved into community pharmacy working for large chains such as Moss Pharmacy and Boots and completed an MSc in Community Pharmacy in 2003. Lorna joined the DSRU as a research fellow in February 2004 where she has been involved in a number of projects relating to evidence-based pharmacovigilance and Prescription Event Monitoring studies on drugs for erectile dysfunction.

More recently, Lorna has worked in several large collaborative projects involving analysis of adverse event data from spontaneous reporting systems. These include signal detection analyses in the FDA AERS and Eudravigilance databases, and an evaluation of the impact of patient reporting of adverse drug reactions to the UK’s Yellow Card Scheme. Lorna 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.

> 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 has also recently started 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 two years of Senior House Officer posts in a variety of hospital specialties (Psychiatry, Elderly Care, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Palliative Medicine), and subsequently held a staff grade position in Psychiatry, shortly before joining the DSRU in December 2001. In November 2002 she was appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. Miranda now works as a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the unit, working primarily on M-PEM and SCEM studies.

> Jan Slade

OBSERVA Study Manager

After completing her training as a registered nurse, Jan gained a BSc Social Policy, MSc Research Methods and Pg Dip Information Technology.

As a Senior Research Associate, Jan has undertaken a number of national and international studies in the field of mental health and social policy, at the University of Durham, University of Teesside and University of Northumbria. She has also worked in the voluntary sector, completing health research projects for The Children’s Society and Help the Aged. Jan has worked at the DSRU since 2009, initially on the OASIS SCEM study, and currently on OBSERVA.

Jacqueline Hunt

> Jacqueline Hunt

OBSERVA Study Facilitator, London and the South East

Jacqueline Hunt graduated from the University of London in 1984 with a BA(Hons) in Modern History. She joined the DSRU in June 2012 as Regional Facilitator (London and South East) for the OBSERVA study. Prior to this 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.

> Dr Alison Evans

ROSE ACS Study Manager

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 then 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.

Sangetta Dhir

> Sangeeta Dhir

ROSE ACS Study Facilitator

Sangeeta Dhir graduated from Aston University in 2006 with a 2:1 Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology and then went on to study further for the full BPS accredited course in Psychology and certified course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. After deciding to pursue her career in health research, Sangeeta joined South Staffordshire and Shropshire Foundation NHS Trust where she gained an extensive amount of experience in setting up and conducting research in Adult Mental Health in both NHS hospital and community settings. Sangeeta joined the DSRU in June 2012 as a Regional Study Facilitator (Midlands ) and during her time at the DSRU has worked across and facilitated all 3 DSRU SCEM studies (OASIS; OBSERVA and now ROSE), so has a clear understanding of the barriers to setting up and recruiting to SCEM studies. She is currently working towards her Msc in Health Psychology, which is hoped will allow her to develop professionally in health related research.

Tessa Wade

> Tessa Wade

ROSE ACS Study Facilitator

Tessa qualified as both a RGN (Registered General Nurse) and RSCN (Registered Sick Children’s Nurse) before taking a Master’s degree in Health Sciences at St George’s Medical School, London. She worked as a staff nurse, ward sister and clinical nurse specialist before becoming a lecturer in nursing at City University, London and University of Surrey. She continued her studies to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. She worked with the Royal College of Nursing to run a national project to develop an audit tool for the assessment of pain in children which led to an RCN publication, several published papers in peer reviewed journals and presentations at conferences worldwide including Canada, China and Australia. Tessa took a career break for 5 years to live first in New York and later in Tokyo where her husband was working. She took this opportunity to have their two children. On returning to the UK in 2007 Tessa worked in both clinical practice and in research. She continued to study and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Allergy at Southampton University. Tessa joined the DSRU in June 2013 as a ROSE study facilitator for the South West and South Wales where she supports several trusts in setting up and conducting the ROSE study.

> Helen Palmer

ROSE ACS Study Administrator

Helen joined the DSRU in September 2015 as the ROSE-ACS Study Administrator, with over 20 years’ experience of administration. As a Study Administrator she is responsible for processing all the patient consent forms and questionnaires that are returned, raising any queries, producing and maintaining accurate recruitment records for payment processes and all other ACS study related administration. In addition Helen serves as a liaison between the regional facilitators and the DSRU, keeping them informed on study progress and participant information, and the receipt and management of study questionnaires.

> Theresa Fordham

ROSE Study Administrator

Theresa joined the organisation in October 2015 as Study Administrator for the ROSE study, where her primary role is to maintain the patient and GP data for the study. Her 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.

> Dr Deborah Layton

Principal Research Fellow

Deborah Layton graduated from Aston University, Birmingham in 1989 with a BSc in Pharmacy, and registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1990. She has extensive pharmacy practice experience in both community and hospital pharmacy sectors as well as extensive postgraduate qualifications in pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology and statistics with applications in medicine. At the DSRU, her present role includes project management, advice on and undertaking statistical analyses, protocol review, observational study designs for risk management plans and methodological development. She has an extensive publication list with more than 40 manuscripts in peer reviewed scientific journals; provides peer review of manuscripts submitted to a number of those journals and is on the Editorial Board of the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. She is a member of the education committee and abstract acceptance committee for international conferences held by the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) and also a member of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISOP). As Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth (UoP), she gives lectures on pharmacovigilance to pharmacy students. She also presents at national and international conferences. She is also Academic contact for the MSc Pharmacovigilance which is a collaborative programme between the DSRU and UoP.

> Derek Hall

Company Secretary

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 Coxsell

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 new 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.

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

Company Secretary

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.