The GI Cancer Institute has welcomed its newest Clinical Research Fellow, Dr Zarka Samoon.
She is a medical oncologist and Oncology Research Fellow attached to the AGITG (Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group) and ANZGOG clinical trials groups.
Zarka’s role involves providing day-to-day clinical support by adjudicating on eligibility, treatment and adverse events as well as participating in the research and operations committees of the group. She will advise on and contribute to the development of trial concepts, protocols, grant applications, reports, meeting presentations and journal articles.
Zarka finished medical oncology training in 2014 and began practicing at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Her decision to apply for the fellowship was motivated by the unanswered questions she noticed in her clinical practice.
“I have always had an interest in research,” she says. “As I continued my practice, questions arose. I struggled in finding the right research methodology to answer them and wanted to learn how clinical trials are done.”
In her role, Zarka will work with co-investigators, trial coordinators, data managers and statisticans to contribute to the AGITG research program.
“I look forward to exploring Australia and learning all the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre has to offer,” she says.