Richard Robson
Medical Director
Consultant Nephrologist

Dr Chris Wynne
Managing Medical Director
Consultant Oncologist

Jo Sanders
Operations Manager

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Professor Richard Robson is a Director of the Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust and a consultant Nephrologist . He graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1972 and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1977 before becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1984. He completed his PhD in 1988 at Flinders University, South Australia.

Professor Robson’s research activities have been related to the areas of basic Pharmacology Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Cell Physiology and Clinical Nephrology and Urology. He has published three book chapters and over 75 journal articles.

He is currently Chairman of the Health Research Council Standing Committee on Therapeutic Trials (SCOTT) and the Ministerial Committee, Medicines Advisory and Assessment Committee (MAAC).

Chris is an oncologist with 30 years of experience working in Australia, the UK, Singapore and New Zealand.  He is a Medical Director of The Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust Limited, an early phase clinical trials unit, and a member of the SCOTT committee.  His research experience includes principal investigator status on many early phase clinical trials and participation in investigator initiated and cooperative group studies. He has an interest in health technology assessment and innovative trial design. In addition to his role at CCST, Chris is a Radiation Oncologist with a senior clinical role at St George’s Cancer Care Centre.

Jo Sanders has worked in clinical research since 1992. She comes from a nursing background having qualified as a comprehensive registered nurse and later gaining a Masters in health science. Jo has extensive experience in haematology/bone marrow transplantation and clinical research having managed the Haematology Clinical Trials unit at Christchurch Hospital since 1999.
Jo joined the CCST team as Operations Manager in Feb 2016, she works closely with the Directors, Principal Investigators and Study Coordinators to ensure timely delivery of projects with subject safety and quality of data the highest priority.

Rachel Heenan
Charge Nurse

Rachel is our charge nurse managing a team of research nurses dedicated to caring for our Study Participants here at CCST.  As a registered nurse with many years’ experience in a variety of clinical roles, Rachel really enjoys working with clinical research participants.

Judith Inkster
Quality Assurance Manager / Archivist

Judith trained in laboratory practices and was involved in the development of a clinical database for the Nephrology department at Christchurch Hospital. She is familiar with a wide range of computer software packages from Microsoft Office, Web Site and Bibliography software. In 2001 Judith completed a post graduate diploma in “Health Informatics” with distinction. Judith joined CCST in September 2001 and leads the two-person quality assurance team. The QA team is responsible for developing and maintaining quality assurance practices.

Jonathan Chen
Chief Pharmacist

Jonathan is a registered pharmacist with many years of experience in the community. He worked as a junior Pharmacist for three years before becoming a Dispensary Manager various pharmacies.  Jonathan is qualified to do Medicine Management Services (MMS) within the community. He enjoyed the interaction with his patients, as he was able to help individual patients with their medications. Jonathan joined the CCST team in September 2016 to expand his pharmacy career in Clinical Trial Studies

Sonia Krammer
Laboratory Supervisor

Sonia joined CCST in 2008 as the Laboratory Supervisor.  Before joining CCST Sonia worked in the UK for the University College of London Analgesia Centre (UCLAC) as a Clinical Trials Assistant/Laboratory Co-ordinator.  UCLAC was a Phase I and II unit that specialised in pain research using the Dental Pain Model.  Prior to this Sonia worked in several IANZ accredited Laboratories where she also gained her certificate of IANZ Signatory Approval.  Sonia graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) in 2003.