Last month Nisha Berthon-Jones joined the AGITG in the role of Clinical Research Manager. Nisha has over 12 years of clinical trial experience working at Sydney Children’s Hospital, The Kirby Institute and in industry.
“I’ve always been interested in oncology,” Nisha says. “I’m loving this role, it’s very strategic and challenging.”
Nisha first gained an interest in clinical research when she participated in a medical device clinical trial called TruScreen as a component of her undergraduate double-degree, Bachelor of Medical Science/Bachelor of Business at UTS.
“I was really fascinated by the drug/device development journey, from concept to marketing,” she says.
Nisha’s interest in oncology is closely linked to her passion for working in areas where research has the potential to have a significant impact. As well as her experience in clinical research roles, she has completed a Master of Medical Science in Drug Development, UNSW.
“I’m keenly interested in those drugs that fulfil an unmet need,” she says. “I wanted to learn more about gastro-intestinal cancer and clinical trials specific to this area of oncology due to family members and friends who have been impacted by pancreatic and neuroendocrine cancer, they have died within months of diagnosis.”
Nisha’s role involves managing the AGITG’s clinical trials and supporting the implementation of new trials and research.
“I like to immerse myself in the research and the trials,” she says. “I enjoy being part of a dynamic environment where there is potential to save lives.”