Dr Annya Bruce
Dr Annya Smyth carried out her PhD in Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, where she used a number of the super resolution optical imaging techniques that are currently used in the Proteus project.
After the completion of her PhD, Annya worked in the Scottish Mental Health Research Network where she was involved in all aspects of both commercial and non-commercial clinical trials concentrating on improving understanding of the underlying biological mechanisms that can contribute to serious mental health disorders.
Following this, Annya took up a position in the Research Governance Office at the University of Edinburgh where she gained expertise in developing clinical trial protocols, facilitating ethical and regulatory applications and liaising with pharmaceutical companies involved in Investigator Initiated Studies.
It was Annya’s keen interest in molecular imaging, combined with her experience of running local clinical trials, that inspired her to apply for the post of Clinical Research Facilitator in the group. Working with clinical trial participants in a hospital and out-patient setting, in combination with her interest in optical imaging, really encouraged Annya to want to contribute directly to the set up and running of the clinical studies taking place in the Pulmonary Optical Molecular Imaging Group.