Grace Blissitt – Research Assistant
Grace joined the ADVANCE team as a research assistant in November 2021, following graduating with an MSc in Neuroscience and Psychology from University of Aberdeen in July 2021.
During her studies, Grace did an industrial placement year at Manchester Metropolitan University where she investigated musculoskeletal health and gait discrepancies in individuals with unilateral transtibial amputations and the effect of ageing on muscle function and structure. She has a keen interest in neurodegeneration and rehabilitation. Grace’s honours dissertation investigated to what extent and by what mechanisms CNS regeneration has been achieved and evaluated the current capabilities of neuromodulatory technologies as an alternative treatment for different CNS pathologies.
Whilst at university, Grace joined the East of Scotland University Air Squadron, which furthered her interest in military rehabilitation.
Grace’s main role as part of the ADVANCE team is to carry out assessments for the ADVANCE TBI (traumatic brain injury) study.
Jasmin Hussain – Research Radiographer
Jasmin joined the ADVANCE Study as a research radiographer in spring 2021. She has previously worked as superintendent radiographer, radiation protection supervisor and community service lead.
Jasmin has experience of working in both private and NHS sector hospitals, as well in the healthcare industry. She is a specialist in computed radiography, digital x-ray solutions and diagnostic software applications, and has worked with renowned specialist hospitals across different countries throughout her career.
Meliha Kaya-Barge – Healthcare Assistant
Meliha qualified as a nurse in 2006 from Birmingham City University and currently works as a healthcare assistant in the ADVANCE Study. Originally from Turkey, she has been in the UK since 1999 and is married to a serving soldier in the nursing corps. Together they travel around Europe for her husband’s work.
Molly Waldron – Research Nurse
Molly has been a clinical research nurse since 2013 and has a background in mental health nursing. She has led on several research trials in a variety of settings, including cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and mental health. She started in the ADVANCE Study research team in October 2018 and her main role is to recruit participants to the study and carry out assessments.
Nicola Goodman – Clinical Project Assistant
Nicola joined the ADVANCE team as a clinical project assistant in April 2022. Her role involves carrying out a range of physiological tests on the ADVANCE participants, including lung function, cardiovascular, exercise and audiology tests, as well as blood tests.
Before joining ADVANCE Nicola worked as a clinical physiologist in respiratory research in the NHS for over 20 years.