Graduating from the University of Birmingham in Medical Biochemistry, Jane’s early career was in molecular biology: first in allergology, then in relation to infectious diseases. She left the laboratory in 1998 and became a trial coordinator in the newly created Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU). The first trial she coordinated was LUNA, which signalled the start of this ongoing collaboration with Professor Khalid Khan, now at Barts and the London Medical School. At that time, she was also intrinsically involved in the development of the “advice and support” function of the BCTU and collaborated with investigators from many disciplines in developing therapeutic trials in a wide range of conditions, including physiotherapy, psychiatry and neurology. Jane was the trial coordinator for the MRC funded randomised controlled trial of surgery for Parkinson’s disease.
Jane’s main research interest is the production of high quality evidence for health care interventions across the whole spectrum of women’s health. She undertakes translational and definitive randomised controlled trials and test evaluation studies, and complements this primary research with systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Her portfolio of current research is unique in its breadth, and is outstanding in quality and impact, which has established the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit as the leading trials unit for women’ health research in the UK. The portfolio of research in women’s health currently includes four studies preparing to recruit, nine open randomised controlled trials and three studies in follow-up or analysis. She manages a team of 15 trial management staff. She has also developed an interest in global women’s health and collaborated with the World Health Organisation on a review of the distribution of causes of maternal mortality.