DSRU Education Testimonials

We asked some of our course delegates about their experience of their pharmacovigilance training with DSRU Education & Training. This is what they had to say about us…

Raj Basran

Associate Manager, Gilead Sciences

Raj studied for the Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacovigilance with the DSRU.

Raj graduated from the University of Leicester with a Master of Molecular Pathology and Toxicology degree in 2004. Raj worked as a Clinical Research Assistant for a year before moving into his first role in pharmacovigilance as a Patient Safety Associate at AstraZeneca. Since then, Raj has had multiple roles within both Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance before taking on a permanent role as a Senior Safety Specialist at Gilead Sciences.

With specialised experience in the production and quality management of individual case safety reports, Raj decided it was time to gain a broader knowledge of Pharmacovigilance to further develop his career. He learnt about the courses available with the DSRU from a number of colleagues and researched courses himself before deciding to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacovigilance. Raj completed eight courses…:read more

Bina Patel

Pharmacovigilance Officer, Alcon, a Novartis Company

Bina took four courses with the DSRU to kick-start her career in pharmacovigilance

Bina qualified from Portsmouth University as a pharmacist in 2008…she was looking for a career that would allow her to combine her skills as a pharmacist with wider pharma opportunities. She was interested in pharmacovigilance but noted that there seemed to be no structured entry mechanism or structured career progression within pharmacovigilance Bina wanted to explore it further to find out if she would really like and enjoy a career in pharmacovigilance, and what the opportunities and roles were like within the discipline. She researched courses and chose to do four DSRU courses which she funded herself as an investment in her potential future career development….read more

Dania Shamil

Senior Pharmacovigilance Regulations Specialist

Dania studies the Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacovigilance with the DSRU and is now undertaking the Research Project of the MSc in Pharmacovigilance.

Dania graduated from the University of London, School of Pharmacy with a Master of Pharmacy Degree in 2010 and registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council as a qualified pharmacist in 2011. Dania worked as a hospital pharmacist for two years that included her pre-registration year. Dania was soon after head-hunted to work as a pharmacist in the Home Healthcare Sector. As part of her role she was heavily involved in setting up the pharmacovigilance system and felt the postgraduate programme in pharmacovigilance offered by the DSRU would benefit the development of a career in pharmacovigilance as she was keen to be involved in ensuring patient safety by monitoring the adverse effects of marketed or investigational drugs… read more








Karen Pattenden

Previously Senior Director, Drug Safety, Gilead Sciences

Karen was a course leader for the DSRU and chose to send her staff on DSRU courses for their training needs

Karen and her team at Gilead were responsible for all of the compliance metrics, standard operating procedures, review and interpretation of regulations, inspections, audits and all affiliate support work at Gilead Sciences… With such a global view and a wide remit within pharmacovigilance Karen sent a lot of her team members on DSRU pharmacovigilance and risk management training courses. Karen also attended as a course speaker from time to time to share her knowledge and expertise. The reason Karen chose DSRU over other training providers is the quality of the course content….read more

Pawan Rishiraj

Head of Drug Safety, UK & Ireland, Merck Serono Ltd

Pav has attended several DSRU courses and conferences and believes that DSRU training is different to that run by other providers

Pav and his team, like their counterparts in all pharmaceutical companies, are responsible for ensuring that the benefit-risk profile for all company products remain both positive and favourable. Pav chooses to attend DSRU courses and conferences because DSRU always provide relevant, informative and constructive sessions. Pav says “it’s great because the DSRU engage the key stakeholders across the industry including regulators and academics and practicing industry experts to share common knowledge, refinements to current methods and techniques, and importantly transparent interpretation that should be applied in everyday practice”….read more