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Johanna Cook

Senior Trial Manager

I am a Senior Trial Manager and Team Lead within the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit (PC-CTU) with a specialty in infectious diseases research. The infectious diseases team in the  PC-CTU, is part of the Infectious Diseases Research Group within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. This group is working on cutting edge research and running world leading clinical trials in the area of infectious diseases, with the aim of reducing our reliance on and misuse of antibiotics. Within this I manage a portfolio of infectious diseases trials as well as leading on trials in other disease areas.

I help lead the PRINCIPLE Trial which is a platform randomised controlled trial looking into treatments for COVID-19 in the community. This has been a world leading trial, recruiting over 11,000 participants and looking at 7 different treatments. This trial is now in its final follow up stages. 

In addition to this I help manage the ALABAMA study looking at people with penicillin allergy labels, and whether we can safely remove these to aid better antibiotic prescribing. Also the PRUDENCE Trial looking at point of care tests for respiratory tract infections and how these might be able to aid the correct prescribing of antibiotics. I am also helping develop a new trial called DURATION UTI, looking at the length of antibiotic prescriptions for urinary tract infections and what the best treatment length is with regard to successful treatment and not building up resistance to these antibiotics.

Outside of infection diseases I also help manage the PETRUSHKA trial led by the Department of Psychiatry. This is looking at how we can include patients in the choices around their antidepressant prescribing to help increase adherence to their treatment.

In addition to this I am also the module coordinator for the Clinical Trial Management module, that is part of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care. This is a week long course that takes students through the whole process of clinical trials management, from seeking grant funding through to closure and archiving of the trial. This course is run by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and can be taken as a stand alone course or as part of the wider MSc.

I am also the PC-CTUs representative on the departments Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team. This involves thinking through the ways that we can make the department, and in particular the clinicals trials unit, a more inclusive and supportive environment, especially for women in research.