May 7, 2019

Research Staff in Focus - Susan Nagle

Ahead of International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May, this month we profile Susan Nagle, a Research Nurse CNM2 in the Cancer Clinical Trials Unit in University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

Research Nurses are pivotal to the work of cancer trials, ensuring that patients are recruited and cared for throughout their trial journey. As a Research Nurse, Susan is the main point of contact between the clinical trials patient and their medical team.

Susan has been pivotal in the success of a number of ongoing studies in UHL, in particular the BOOSTER study (CTRIAL-IE 16-61) which is looking for very specific lung cancer patients with eGFR and T790 mutations.

Susan was honoured for her hard work when she received the Research Support Staff of the Year award at the Irish Cancer Society’s Research Awards 2019.

She was one of six people working in cancer research who described their work to a packed audience of family, friends and Irish Cancer Society supporters at the special awards ceremony held in Dublin’s House of Lords on Friday February 15.

In nominating Susan for the award, her colleagues in Cancer Trials Ireland described her as having “a fantastic attitude to clinical trials, she understands the importance of what she is doing, she is always diligent, and she has ensured that the right patients are accrued to the study.

“Susie clearly has a very strong relationship with her patients, which is evident as the accrual for this study has surpassed its target, despite the rarity of the patient population. “

On Tuesday, April 2, Clare FM broadcast an interview with Susan where she spoke about the importance of her work. You can listen to it here.