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Dr Janet Messer

Director of the Approvals Service

Janet Messer has a key lead responsibility for implementing a new integrated system for approval of health research in England. She also works collaboratively with a wide range of partner organisations to fulfil the HRA’s aims to make it easier to do good quality ethical research in the UK. 

Prior to working at the HRA she was Head of Research Management and Governance at the NIHR Clinical Research Network, where she was responsible for a major change programme to improve the NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission. She has a PhD in biochemistry from University of Cambridge, followed by many years’ experience of clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Previous roles in NHS R&D include running the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) and leading a number of national initiatives to improve NHS research management through the NHS R&D Forum.

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