Planning a career in research can be challenging, but there are plenty of free resources out there to help. To save you having to find them, we have amassed resources and expertise about careers in clinical research, whatever the role. Scroll down for resources in everything from interview planning to appraisals, and visit the Jobs Portal if you're looking for a new job.



Careers in Research Laboratories - Join our expert panel discussion anything you like about research careers in laboratories, starting today! Ask three experts here.

Women in Research - Professor Rose Leke of University of Yaounde joins us for a discussion about specific issues facing women in research. Join the discussion here.

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Research Careers - Academia Vs Industry? Our panel of experts from academia and industry made themselves available during april 2014 to answer everyone's questions. If you missed the chance to talk to them, don't worry, just add your question to the discussion below and we will ensure that an expert replies. You can read the last discussion and add your comments here:, and you can view their biographies below.

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Have you visited the Global Health Training Centre to take free eLearning courses and build your professional development profile? 

Other eLearning courses: Elsevier publish free, online certified courses in writing research papers. Simply visit the Elsevier 'Publishing Campus' for more information:

"Research to Publication" eLearning module from the BMJ. This module takes approximately 5 hours to complete, and covers topics such as the importance of protocols, journal policies on protocols, and protocol writing tips. Follow the link for more information.


Global Health Trials Research Careers Month Experts:

Pauline Hope (B.Sc, M.Sc (MedSci))
Pauline was born in Scotland in 1982 into a family that loved to travel and explore the world, and whilst doing so discovered her love for science. Pauline gained a wealth of experience in the clinical trials industry while studying abroad and completing her Masters Degree, she worked part time for the British Heart Foundation and was involved in some of the largest clinical trials to date on diabetes and heart disease. Mentored by Prof Naveed Sattar, she has worked at the at the Lung Infection and Immunity Unit at UCT, 3 Degree Clinical Research and Consulting (Ops Manager). In 2013 she decided to pursue a “work from home” opportunity as a senior CRA with Research Pharmaceutical Services and is currently on assignment with Novartis Vaccines and is proud and extremely happy that her role allows her to help the diseased people of the place she calls home (Cape Town, South Africa).

Elizabeth Allen (B.Sc (Hons), MPH (Epidemiology))
Elizabeth is a pharmacist who has worked in clinical research (predominantly clinical trials) since 1995, as a Clinical Research/Operations Manager within the Pharmaceutical and contract research industries (UK and South Africa) and later managing private and academic clinical trials. She is currently the Senior Clinical Research Manager for the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Malaria Clinical Research Group, the Manager of UCT’s Clinical Research Centre Support Group and the Regional Faculty Lead for Global Health Trials South Africa. She also conducts clinical research methodology research, predominantly in the field of pharmacovigilance.

Lesley Workman (RN, MPH (Epidemiology & Biostatics))
Lesley is a registered nurse who has worked in clinical research since 1981, she completed her MPH at UCT in 2009 (Epidemiology and Biostatistics track) whilst working as Data Manager for the South African TB Vaccine Initiative (SATVI). And is currently employed as a Scientific Co-ordinator and Data Manager for the Clinical Pharmacology Module of WWARN (World Wide Antimalarial Resistance Network). The main focus of her work is in standardizing individual patient anti-malarial PK-PD data contributed to WWARN for inclusion in pooled analyses. Her focus over the last 11 years, has been on data co-ordination and management of clinical research studies in TB, HIV and Malaria, gearing herself towards achieving her overall vision of a standardized Clinical Data Management System suitable for an Academic Institute that will comply with all the necessary regulations that apply to registration of a new compound with the FDA.