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Julia Townson

Research Fellow - Senior Trial Manager in Children and Young People

I am a research fellow and senior trial manager in the Centre for Trials Research, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University. I am the theme lead for Children and Young People in the Centre for Trials Research, with the aim to improve the health and well-being of young people and to reduce health inequalities. My research areas are in behaviour change, public health and complex interventions, specifically with children and young people with Type 1 diabetes. I have extensive knowledge and experience in trial methodology and research governance.

1995 BA - Health Promotion and Social Policy, Bangor University (First Class, Joint Honours)

Career

2014 - present: Research Fellow/Senior Trial Manager, SEWTU, Centre for Trials Research

2012 - 2014: Acting Research Fellow/Senior Trial Manager, SEWTU, Centre for Trials Research (Maternity cover)

2009 - 2012: Research Associate/Trial Manager, SEWTU

1999 - 2009: Research Associate, Dept of Surgery, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

1996 - 1999: Research Associate, Dept of Cardiology, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

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2011

I am currently a tutor on the C21 epidemiology module for medical students and also teach on the intercalated BsC course.

My research areas of interest on in Children and Young People, Public Health, Behaviour Change and Complex Interventions. I am the lead for Children and Young People within the South East Wales Trials Unit, Centre for Trials Research. I have recently received funding for a data linkage study to investigate the pathway to diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in children. In addition, I have been working on the EDDY study, to design, develop and deliver a complex intervention to raise awareness of the symptoms of childhood Type 1 diabetes.