Dr Janet Messer

Director of the Approvals Service (Executive Director)

Dr Janet Messer has worked for the HRA since 2013, initially to develop and implement HRA Approval and subsequently leading all the HRA’s operational activities and their supporting functions. She 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. 

Janet has a PhD in biochemistry from University of Cambridge, followed by many years’ experience of clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry. She subsequently moved into research management in the NHS and the NIHR Clinical Research Network, and has been involved in a wide range of national initiatives and large-scale change programmes. With an LLM in legal aspects of medical practice, she has been heavily involved in supporting implementation and interpretation of legislation and regulation relating to health and care research for many years. 

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