The Scottish Health Research Register (SHARE) is a register of people aged 11 and over who are willing to be invited to take part in research projects and have also consented to allow SHARE to use any leftover blood following routine clinical testing. This will aid health research and improve future healthcare throughout Scotland.
Why does SHARE exist?
Often people who want to be involved in medical research (whether they are unwell or not) don’t know where to start or who to ask. Researchers have a similar problem; they want to do studies but sometimes cannot find people to take part in them.
Getting involved in research studies can range from answering surveys, to having your blood tested, to testing new medical devices and phone apps, and sometimes even participating in clinical trials.
What is a clinical trial?
With the help of volunteers, SHARE can help researchers understand diseases better, and find new ways to prevent or treat illnesses and therefore improve future care. SHARE is for both healthy people and those with medical conditions.
What research projects are SHARE involved with?
SHARE has contributed to many research studies over the years. This covers a huge range of ailments from what some might see as trivial to debilitating and life-limiting diseases. Examples include personal wellbeing, gluten intolerance, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
SHARE has a team of people to run the register and act as a link between the members of the public who have registered and scientists/clinicians. Most of the SHARE team are based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee but some work in other hospitals in Scotland. For SHARE to work effectively the team members need to have different skills and career experience. You will meet the women in science members of the team, learn about them and their jobs.
Mrs Shobna Vasishta, National SHARE Programme Manager
Their job: Shobna is the National Programme manager for SHARE. She has been in this role since 2013. Shobna oversees all the members of the SHARE team and ensures everything is run effectively and efficiently.
Career Experience: Shobna gained a BSc in Pharmacology from Surrey University, and has worked with various Pharmaceutical companies, such as MSD, GSK, SKB, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk, for 25 years. The last 12 years have been spent project managing clinical trials within the University of Dundee.
Fun fact: Shobna has raised over £8 million for the Institute of Cardiovascular Research (TICR) Appeal, a charity based at Ninewells Hospital that conducts research into heart disease.
Dr Louise Dow, SHARE Studies Coordinator
Their job: Louise is responsible for coordinating the SHARE study applications and recruitment to studies. She has been working for SHARE since 2014.
Career Experience: Louise graduated with a PhD in microbiology from the University of Dundee and has pursued a career in sales and training with the biomedical products sector.
Dr Daniella Cavellini, SHARE Public Engagement Coordinator
Their job: Daniella is responsible for recruitment, administrative duties and public engagement within SHARE.
Career Experience: Daniella obtained her undergraduate degree, BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, in 2014 from the University of Dundee. Subsequently, she embarked on her PhD studies in the field of Diabetes Medicine with a specific focus on the links between Type 2 Diabetes and chronic inflammation which she was awarded in January 2019.
Mrs Nicola Liddell, SHARE Administrator
Career Experience: Nicola studied an HND in Business Studies with Languages at Napier University and has worked extensively in an administrative role over the last 20 years since.
Fun fact: Her spare time is spent with her family and 2 teenage children who are both part of a local pipe band, so most weekends she can be found on a pipe band field somewhere across Scotland!
Dr Soraya Yaqout, SHARE Project Assistant
Their job: Soraya helps to recruit people in Scotland for health research.
Career Experience: Graduated from Kasr al Einy Medical School Cairo University 1990.
Mrs Nicola Wilson, SHARE Project Assistant
Their job: Nicola helps to promote participation in future research projects for the benefit of all of us.
Career Experience: Nicola has a background in healthcare - working as a registered nurse for over 35 years - during which time has seen many changes both in nursing practice and medical treatments thanks to scientific research.
Ms Joan Hagen, SHARE Project Assistant
Their job: Joan joined SHARE in May 2019 to recruit new members to the project. She is based in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow Outpatient Clinics.
Career Experience: Joan has 17 years NHS experience as Medical Secretary/Administrator for 2 National Services - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at Yorkhill NHS Trust and Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service Clinical Apheresis Unit at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow.