Our Cardiff research team
Below are details for the core staff based within the centre. Additional staff are employed within the centre on a project specific basis, funded by grants won in open competition.
Dr Anthony Byrne
Director and Thematic Lead: Rehabilitation & Cachexia
Anthony qualified in medicine from University College Dublin in 1988 and undertook his generalist post-graduate training in Dublin.
He was awarded a Health Research Board Post Doctoral Fellowship in 1993 to study the effects of oxidative stress on cyclo-oxygenase expression and function in endothelial cells, initially at the Centre for Cardiovascular Science in Dublin and later at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
He moved to the UK in 1997 to complete higher specialist training in Palliative Medicine and became a consultant in 1999. He initiated the MSc in Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University as course coordinator from 2000-2008 and is a past co-chair of the South East Wales Clinical Palliative Care Network. He was Medical Director at the Marie Curie Hospice, Penarth from 2000-2010 and is currently consultant at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
His research interests lie in developing a sustainable research infrastructure, aspects of palliative rehabilitation and functioning, and patient experience. He is a NISCHR AHSC Clinical Research Fellow, Scientific Lead for Palliative Care Research at the Wales Cancer Trials Unit and member of the NCRI Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group and its Cachexia Subgroup.
Dr Annmarie Nelson
Deputy Director & Thematic Lead: Patient Experience
Annmarie Nelson is the Deputy Director of the MCPCRC, managing the Centre on a day to day basis and leading on the thematic group, Patient Experience. Previously, she was acting Scientific Lead for palliative care clinical trials at the Wales Cancer Trials Unit, and continues to coordinate the palliative care portfolio with clinical colleague Dr Anthony Byrne, and acts as qualitative research lead for the unit.
She is an honorary lecturer on the MSc Palliative Medicine course based at Cardiff University, acting as supervisor to students undertaking qualitative research projects. Nationally she is a member of the NCRI Psycho-oncology Clinical Studies Group, and chairs the sub-group, Side Effects and Interventions. She represents Wales on a methodological group interested in Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
Annmarie is interested in the patient experience at all levels and, as such, has initiated a range of qualitative studies linked to existing clinical trials, and works closely with Involving People to develop an active consumer group at the WCTU.
Dr Emily Harrop
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Emily joined the MCPCRC in March 2011 having just completed a PhD in Environmental and Medical Sociology, entitled "Contested Knowledge in the Assessment of Public Health Risks: A Case Study of the Nant-y-Gwyddon Landfill Site, South Wales".
Emily has a background in qualitative health research and the sociology of health and illness and worked previously as a researcher at Cardiff Institute of Social Health and Ethics (CISHE), Cardiff University.
Since joining the Centre she has been developing her current research interests in the use of qualitative methods in clinical trials, end of life methodologies and the support needs of carers of patients with advanced illness.
Stephanie has worked for Cardiff University School of Medicine since 2001 (then the University of Wales College of Medicine); she joined the MCPCRC as a Research Associate in February 2011 where she is involved in coordinating and facilitating grant applications, study-set up, project management and reporting and supervision of BSc Intercalated and MSc students.
Stephanie was awarded a PhD by Published Works in 2014 from Cardiff University titled: "Supporting decision-making using a theory based intervention: application of an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Common Sense Model of Illness Representations to support women choosing surgery for early breast cancer".
Stephanie’s particular research interests are in development and evaluation of complex interventions, and in health communication and decision-making.
Kirsten joined the MCPCRC in October 2010 as PA to the Director and Deputy Director. In May 2011, Kristen took on the permanent role of Research Administrator for the MCPCRC and provides administrative support for all members of staff within the centre.
In addition, Kirsten is also pursuing a Psychology degree at the Open University.