In this special series, we highlight a member of the Nutrasource team so you can get better acquainted with the experts behind your project.
From our global regulatory offices to the onsite clinical research unit, Nutrasource's 100+ scientific and technical specialists have the skills and expertise you need to bring your project from idea to reality.
Today we sat down with Sandra Dudziak, PhD, MSc., BScN, Nurse Practitioner to learn more about how she got to where she is today, what makes her tick, and what's new in the clinical trials field.
Tell us about your current role and what it entails.
My role as Nurse Practitioner in research includes the screening of new subjects who are study candidates based on individualized clinical trial protocols. This includes physical assessments and taking subject’s medical history to determine if subjects meet inclusion/exclusion criteria. Review of diagnosis tests and laboratories results and providing subject and staff education as appropriate. These activities are performed in collaboration with and as delegated by the Medical Senior Staff or Qualified Investigator.
I also collaborate with the interdisciplinary team in obtaining informed consent of subjects on research protocol and prior to implementing procedures.
Some other things I do day-to-day include;
- Contribute to protocol development and review
- Review documentation/charts as needed
- Networking with local clinics and community
How did you get started in the industry?
As the Professional Practice Clinician for a large North America Long Term Care (LTC) chain I soon realized that research was essential to improve patient’s quality of life and care. I became involved in several research trials being conducted at various facilities and soon realized that it was one of my passions. In order to become more educated, qualified and able to participate in quality research design, I decided to take my PhD with a focus on clinical and research.
What do you enjoy most about
The warm and welcoming team. Teamwork and support in achieving a common goal in the most effective and efficient way.
How do you see the clinical trials field changing in the next 5 years?
Growing influence of continuously evolving technology. There has been a significant advance in “artificial intelligence”. Capable technology on data analysis, mining and distribution will become the biggest providers of latest research knowledge. Much of the research to date has been automated, driven by artificial intelligence and data mining. It has permitted generations of data driven hypothesis, sharing and machine learning. We need to be highly cognisant and embrace this evolving technology capabilities and use it to our advantage.
Any hobbies or pastimes you'd like to share?
As a family we have a dog, 3 chickens, a bunny and a calf. I absolutely enjoy animals.
I love to travel and explore new countries, their culture and food.
What's your favourite part about working at Nutrasource?
As a company I look forward in seeing it grow and nurturing new innovative research. We have an excellent highly qualified team in the clinic, and I am looking forward to participating in future studies.