Mrs Sopna Choudhury

Mrs Sopna Choudhury

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Programme Manager

Contact details

Room 117, Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Sopna is a highly motivated and versatile research professional with over 15 years of health research and project management experience, both in the UK and international. A passionate individual who is eager to help improve the lives of people living with ill health. A strategic project manager with expertise in management of medical research programmes and clinical trials development nationally and internationally. Experienced in clinical research, including overall coordination and management from start up through to close out activities, from protocol and related documents development, gaining relevant approvals to delivery of study outcomes within schedule, budget, quality/compliance and performance standards. 

Sopna has a significant amount of project management experience and, as a consequent, understanding of deliverables, deadlines, and risk management, with the ability to communicate effectively to ensure tasks are achieved.

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BSc (Hons) Health Sciences, University of Wales, Swansea. 2004


Sopna currently works as a research programme manager on the NIHR infrastructure grant for the Midlands Patient Safety Research Collaboration (PSRC) and an NIHR RIGHT grant on Transforming the Treatment and Prevention of Leprosy and Buruli ulcers in LMICs. The PSRC grant aims to make care safer for patients by finding ways to ‘prevent’ errors in our two clinical themes – acute care and maternal health.

The Leprosy grant is working across three countries – India, Nepal and Nigeria – with the overall aim to improve self-care in the community for leprosy patients who are at risk of recurrent ulcers and further disfigurement and disability and to better understand the needs of patients with Buruli ulcer and the barriers to meeting those needs. The research programme also includes a clinical trial of a promising yet inexpensive tissue regenerative treatment for healing of ulcers. Sopna provides effective high-level project management for this research programme and is responsible for ensuring that the research programme runs smoothly and to a high standard, fulfilling all requirements of the funding body and leading to high quality research outputs.

Prior to re-joining the University of Birmingham, Sopna was invited to take up a post at Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar (WCM-Q) by a faculty member. Sopna worked as a Clinical Projects Manager in Clinical Research Core in the research division at WCM-Q. The role was to help develop clinical research within the College and lead clinical research teams in all aspects of completing research studies.

Sopna was responsible for collaborating on diverse research projects, both locally and internationally, assisting investigators with the design and preparation of new clinical study research proposals, monitoring progress of each clinical site and taking appropriate action to ensure good recruitment, compliance with the protocol and the quality and timeliness of the data collections. 

Before moving to Qatar, Sopna worked at the University of Birmingham as a Project manager/research fellow responsible for different research studies and staff under the National Institute for Health Research funded Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs). The areas of research were type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and sleep apnoea. 

Sopna’s research interests include chronic disease management, access to health care services and general clinical research management.


Research groups and centres

Institute of Applied Health Research


  1. Darlong, J., Govindasamy, K., Ilozumba, O., Choudhury S, Shrivastva, A., Griffiths, F., Watson, S., Sartori, J. & Lilford, R., An evaluation protocol of ‘Replicability Model’ project for detection and treatment of leprosy and related disability in Chhattisgarh, India. 18 Oct 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: PLoS ONE. 18, 10, 11 p., e0275763.
  2. Napit, I. B., Shrestha, D., Neupane, K., Adhikari, A., Dhital, R., Koirala, R., Gopali, L., Ilozumba, O., Gill, P., Watson, S., Choudhury S, & Lilford, R., Autologous blood products: Leucocyte and Platelets Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) and Platelets Rich Plasma (PRP) gel to promote cutaneous ulcer healing – a systematic review 12 Dec 2023, In: BMJ open. 2023, 13, e073209.
  3. Choudhury S, Ilozumba, O., Darlong, J., Govindasamy, K., Tsaku, P. A., Udo, S., Shrestha, D., Napit, I. B., Ugwu, L., Meka, A., Sartori, J., Griffiths, F. & Lilford, R. J., Investigating the sustainability of self-help programmes in the context of leprosy and the work of leprosy missions in Nigeria, Nepal and India: a qualitative study protocol. 16 May 2023, In: BMJ open. 13, 5, 6 p., e070604.
  4. Darlong, J., Govindasamy, K., Ilozumba, O., Choudhury S, Shrivastva, A., Griffiths, F., Watson, S., Sartori, J. & Lilford, R., An evaluation protocol of ‘replicability model’ project for detection and treatment of leprosy and related disability in Chhattisgarh, India. 27 Sept 2022, medRxiv.
  5. Napit, I. B., Shrestha, D., Bishop, J., Choudhury S, Dulal, S., Gill, P., Gkini, E., Gwyther, H., Hagge, D. A., Neupane, K., Sartori, J., Slinn, G., Watson, S. I. & Lilford, R., An individual randomised efficacy trial of autologous blood products, leukocyte and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF), to promote ulcer healing in leprosy in Nepal: the TABLE trial protocol. 15 Jul 2021, In: Trials. 22, 1, 453.
  6. Dallosso H, Mandalia P, Gray LJ, Chudasama YV, Choudhury S, Taheri S, Patel N, Khunti K, Davies MJ. The effectiveness of a structured group education programme for people with established type 2 diabetes in a multi-ethnic population in primary care: A cluster randomised trial. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2022 Jun;32(6):1549-1559. doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2022.03.017. Epub 2022 Mar 23. PMID: 35459607.
  7. Choudhury S, Kudrna, L, Celiktemur, B, & Lilford, R. (2021). Application of behavioural psychology principles to self-care programmes for people living with leprosy. Leprosy Review, 92(4), 344-355.
  8. Choudhury S, Experience in receiving and practicing self-care as a person affected by leprosy; Leprosy Review; 2021; 92; 4; 379-384; DOI: 10.47276/lr.92.4.379
  9. Celiktemur, B, Choudhury S, & Lilford, R; Organizing and managing a programme for self-care in leprosy; Leprosy Review; 2021; 92; 4; 338-343; DOI: 10.47276/lr.92.4.338
  10. Napit, I. B, Shrestha, D, Bishop, J, Choudhury S, Dulal, S, Gill, P, Gkini, E, Gwyther, H, Hagge, D. A, Neupane, K, Sartori, J, Slinn, G, Watson, S. I, & Lilford, R (2021). An individual randomised efficacy trial of autologous blood products, leukocyte and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF), to promote ulcer healing in leprosy in Nepal: the TABLE trial protocol. Trials, 22(1), [453].
  11. Shrestha, D, Napit, I. B, Ansari, S, Choudhury S, Dhungana, B, Gill, P, Griffiths, F, Gwyther, H, Hagge, D, Kandel, S, Puri, S, Sartori, ., Watson, S. I, & Lilford, R. (2021). Evaluation of a self-help intervention to promote the health and wellbeing of marginalised people including those living with leprosy in Nepal: a prospective, observational, cluster-based, cohort study with controls. BMC Public Health, 21(1), [873].
  12. Zaghloul, H, Omar O, Pallayova M, Choudhury S, Taheri S. Factors Associated With Presenteeism at Work in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dec 2018; 60 (12). DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001446
  13. Choudhury S, Omar O, Arora T, Rifai N, Chagoury O, Taheri S. Qatar Obesity reduction Study (QORS): Report on a Pilot School-based Nutrition Education Campaign in Qatar. J Child Obes. 2018; S2:007. DOI: 10.21767/2572-5394.65
  14. Arora T, Gad H, Omar OM, Choudhury SM, Chagoury O, Sheikh J, Taheri S. The associations among objectively estimated sleep and obesity indicators in elementary schoolchildren. Sleep Medicine. 2018; 47: 25-31.
  15. Tohid H, Choudhury S, Agouba S, Aden A, Ahmed L, Omar O, Chagoury O, Taheri S. Perceptions and attitudes to clinical research participation in Qatar Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 2017 Dec (8): 241-247.
  16. Pallayova M, Zaghloul HB, Arora T, Choudhury SM, Omar OM, Chagoury OL, Taheri S. Investigating physiological glucose excursions before, during, and after Ramadan in adults without diabetes mellitus. Physiology & Behavior. 2017; 179: 110-115.
  17. Choudhury S, Arora T, Alebbi S, Ahmed L, Aden A, Omar OM, Taheri S. How do Qataris source health information? PLOS ONE. 2016; 11(11): e0166250. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166250
  18. Choudhury S, Hussain S, Yao G, Hill J, Malik W, Taheri S. The impact of a diabetes local enhanced service on quality outcome framework diabetes outcomes. PLoS One. 2013 Dec 17;8(12):e83738. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083738. JIP: 3.730
  19. Brophy S, Crowley A, Mistry R, Hill R, Choudhury S, Thomas NE, Rapport F. Recommendations to improve physical activity among teenagers- A qualitative study with ethnic minority and European teenagers. BMC Public Health. 2011 May 31;11:412. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-412.
  20. Benning A, Ghaleb M, Suokas A, Dixon-Woods M, Dawson J, Barber N, Franklin BD, Girling A, Hemming K, Carmalt M, Rudge G, Naicker T, Nwulu U, Choudhury S, Lilford R. Large scale organisational intervention to improve patient safety in four UK hospitals: mixed method evaluation. BMJ. 2011 Feb 3;342:d195. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d195.
  21. Choudhury SM, Brophy S, Fareedi MA, Zaman B, Ahmed P, Williams R. Examining the effectiveness of a peer-led education program for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in a Bangladeshi population. Diabet Med. 2009 Jan;26(1):40-4.
  22. Choudhury SM, Brophy S, Williams R. Understanding and beliefs of diabetes in the UK Bangladeshi population. Diabet Med. 2009 Jun;26(6):636-40.
  23. Choudhury S, Brophy S, Fareedi MA, Zaman B, Ahmed P, Williams DR. Intervention, recruitment and evaluation challenges in the Bangladeshi community: experience from a peer lead educational course. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2008 Oct 9;8:64.
  24. Davies H, Mannan S, Brophy S, Williams R. Routine glutamic acid decarboxylase autoantibody (GADA) testing: patients' perspective. Fam Pract. 2008 Jun; 25(3):176-80. Epub 2008 Apr 28
  25. Brophy S, Mannan S, John A, Cheung W.I, Lyons R, Weston C, Williams R. Risk of Further Acute Vascular Events Following an Initial Myocardial Infarction or Stroke (Road Safety Research Report). Department for Transport (DFT). March 2006


  1. Arora T, Choudhury S, Taheri S. The Relationships Among Sleep, Nutrition, and Obesity. Current Sleep Medicine Reports. 2015; DOI 10.1007/s40675-015-0030-z
  2. Hosseini Araghi M, Chen Y-F, Jagielski A, Choudhury S, Banerjee D, Thomas GN, Taheri S. Weight loss intervention through lifestyle modification or pharmacotherapy for obstructive sleep apnoea in adults [protocol]. Cochrane database of systematic reviews [Internet]. 2012 [cited 2013 Feb 19]; (12): CD010281. Available from: JIP: 5.785
  3. Araghi MH, Chen YF, Jagielski A, Choudhury S, Banerjee D, Hussain S, Thomas GN, Taheri S. Effectiveness of lifestyle interventions on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep. 2013 Oct; 36(10):1553-62, 62A-62E. JIP: 5.100
  4. Choudhury S, Taheri S. Obstructive sleep apnoea and type 2 diabetes: whose disease is it anyway? [review]. Practical diabetes international. 2011;28(4)
  5. Brophy S, Brunt H, Davies H, Mannan S, Williams R. Interventions for latent autoimmune diabetes (LADA) in adults. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) 01/2011; 9(9):CD006165. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD006165.pub3
  6. Brophy S, Brunt H, Davies H, Mannan S, Williams R. Interventions for latent autoimmune diabetes (LADA) in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007 Jul 18;(3):CD006165. Review
  7. Brophy S, Davies H, Mannan S, Williams D.R.R. Cochrane Review. Interventions for Latent Autoimmune diabetes in Adults: Protocol. May 2006.