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Spotlight on research careers for International Women's Day

As we mark International Women's Day on 8 March, take a look at these inspiring research career stories from staff in North West London.


Andrea Smith


Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

"I worked as a clinical midwife for ten years before becoming a research midwife."

Read more: Andrea's story


Marcelle Costa Marinho

Direct Delivery Team

NIHR Clinical Research Network North West London

"Research is essential. It plays a crucial role in elevating the quality of people's lives by fostering advancements and innovations that contribute to overall well-being and societal progress."

Read more: Marcelle's story


Dr Gemma Clunie

Senior Clinical Academic Speech and Language Therapist

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

"My research has meant I am more confident in supporting my patients through their diagnosis and surgery in terms of the advice, assessment, and management that I offer."

Read more: Gemma’s story


Rebecca Smith

Physiotherapist — Neurological and vestibular disorders

Imperial College London

"I think it motivates staff to think outside the box and importantly we can include patient voices in how we shape our clinical practice."

Read more: Rebecca's story


Jennifer Crow

Occupational Therapist — Stroke research

Imperial College London

"I believe the research I'm doing has the potential to make a measurable difference to people's outcomes"

Read more: Jennifer's story


Wan Sze SHUM (Fancy)

Research Nurse

NIHR Clinical Research Network North West London

"Research is important because it acknowledges the ever-evolving nature of our world, where new problems and questions continually arise."

Read more: Wan Sze's story