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 Martina Svobodova

Martina Svobodova

Trial Manager

Overview

I currently work as a Research Associate in the Centre for Trials Research. My main expertise lies in trial management with focus on setting up and managing phase II and phase III multicentre oncology clinical trials. My research interests include the undertaking and improvement of the various clinical trial processes (particularly participant information sheet design) and exploring alternative ways of improving those e.g. via public engagement and art based approaches. 

I am working on the PrinciPIL study looking at developing and testing participant information leaflets that inform and do not cause harm.

I am a co-study lead on the Talking Trials public engagement project exploring clinical trial perceptions amongst minority ethnic communities. 

I manage the following clinical studies within the Centre for Trials Research:

  • CORINTH - Phase 1b/II trial of Checkpoint InhibitoR (Pembrolizumab an anti PD-1 antibody) plus standard IMRT in HPV induced stage III Squamous Cell carcinoma (SCC) of anus 
  • PEARL - PET based adaptive radiotherapy in locally advance HPV positive oropharyngeal cancer 

I am a member of the CTR Public Involvement and Engagement Hub

I also have a previous clinical experience in running Bipolar Education Programme Cymru (BEPC) groups. The development of the BEPC Programme included a high level of mental health service user and carers involvement.

Biography

Education

2003: Master of Arts (Social Anthropology), University of West Bohemia, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, The Czech Republic

2001: BA (Social Anthropology), University of West Bohemia, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, The Czech Republic

Career overview

2015 - present: Trial Manager, Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University

2011 - 2015: Bipolar Education Programme Cymru Project Coordinator, Cardiff University

2010 - 2011: Beacon for Wales Programme Officer, Cardiff University

2009 - 2010: Reseach Assistant (Applied Clinical Research and Public Health), Cardiff University

2007 - 2009 Volunteering Project Manager, BAWSO Women's Aid, Cardiff

Honours and awards

Innnovation in Health Care Award for the Bipolar Education Programme Cymru at the 6th Annual British Medical Journal Awards 2014 (as a member of the Bipolar Education Programme team)

Publications

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2010

I currently manage the following clinical studies within the Centre for Trials Research:

ROCS (Radiotherapy after Oesophageal Cancer Stenting) Study - Palliative radiotherapy in addition to self-expanding metal stent for improving dysphagia and survival in advanced oesophageal cancer

CORINTH - Phase 1b/II trial of Checkpoint InhibitoR (Pembrolizumab an anti PD-1 antibody) plus standard IMRT in HPV induced stage III Squamous Cell carcinoma (SCC) of anus 

PEARL - PET based adaptive radiotherapy in locally advance HPV positive oropharyngeal cancer 

External profiles