Kay joined the programme in June 2019 with the remit of developing and growing the sampling service, by providing our research clinicians/scientists with blood and tissue samples from newly diagnosed/relapsed haematology patients at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) – essentially her role is to bridge the gap from hospital to research bench.
She has achieved this by firmly integrating herself within the Clinical teams in a non-invasive way, ensuring they are aware of our research needs, and that she is visible to them for patient referral. This has been vital to achieving the supply of blood and tissue that we rely so heavily upon for our research to progress. This includes acquiring samples from patients with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, Clonal Haematopoiesis and High-Grade B Cell Lymphoma, and creating a library of these patient samples, essential for the progression of the programme’s translational medicine portfolio.
She brings with her over 20 years of nursing experience, predominantly in critical care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, including five years supporting the clinical trial portfolios for the CUH clinical haematology teams at CCTC.