04 February 2021Although she may not have realised it at the time, each step in Sara Gottliebsen’s professional career led her towards her role as BDHP’s Research Governance Manager. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science and Honours in Psychology, Sara started working in a research assistant role. She analysed market trends for a car-pricing guide company before moving into health research. Several years later, she returned to the university, but this time as a research administrator for its medical school. With Sheffield University, for over nine years, Sara helped to facilitate research across six research themes, organised a large research meeting and developed policy and processes to improve the PhD students’ experience. Swapping winter sub-zero temperatures in Sheffield for 30-degree Brisbane heat and humidity with her Australian husband and young family, Sara worked as a human research and ethics coordinator (HREC) at UnitingCare Health. Then, she joined the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) as a research and operations administrator. In the QBI role, Sara experienced her career highlight to date – the management of clinical trials related to deep brain stimulation and obsessive-compulsive disorder and anorexia nervosa. After spending 15 months getting the first trial through ethics and governance, Sara became much more aware of the need to speed up the governance process, helping researchers get on with their projects. This experience inspires Sara to facilitate and streamline clinical research that benefits patients as quickly as possible in her role as the BDHP Research Governance Manager. Equal to her passion for research is Sara’s passion for running. In her younger days, she had representative honours for Northern England for the 400m. These days, Sara has replaced the runner’s high with gratitude for being outdoors and getting ‘alone’ time. In 2019, she ran the Gold Coast Marathon and now has her sights set on improving her already respectable finishing time.
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