As senior program manager of the Children’s Diabetes Centre, Tanyana has strategic leadership and human resource management of a clinical research team in the delivery of clinical research related to diabetes in children and young people.
Tanyana began her research career after completing her Honours in Anatomy at the University of Western Australia (UWA) where she worked in animal model research into neural regeneration. After completing a Masters in Public Health, also at UWA, she worked for the Western Australian Department of Health in a tobacco policy role with a focus on assisting in the passage of legislation to ban smoking in public places. Tanyana then moved to Telethon Kids Institute to manage a contract research team and was involved in undertaking all aspects of applied research including research framing, ethics documentation and approvals, tool development, data collection, database construction, fieldwork, analysis, and final report preparation; in the areas of early childhood education and care; youth suicide and self-harm, child adolescent mental health, health services for homeless young people, and maternity models of care. She also worked for a time with the Commissioner for Children and Young People in a senior policy role as well as with Disability Services. Tanyana also holds a Bachelor of Laws with distinction from UWA which was embarked upon as a result of her interest in forensic mental health and the jurisdiction of the Coroner’s Court.
BSc (Hons), Dip H Ed (Nursing), Grad Cert (Diab Edu)
Clinical research co-ordinator
Niru graduated in 1980 from the University of Malaya, and worked as a biochemist until she moved to England. After a few years break from working life, she studied to become a children's nurse and worked in Barnet General Hospital, England. Niru moved to Australia in 1997 and joined Princess Margaret Hospital as a registered nurse in 1998. She joined the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes as a research nurse and diabetes educator in 2003.
Niru has been the clinical research co-ordinator for the team since 2004. She is actively involved in studies investigating the effect of exercise on children and youth with diabetes. Her other interests are the epidemiology of diabetes and technological advances in diabetes management.
Armed with an MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW) and Stephen Ross School of Business (University of Michigan), Ace specialises in strategy and management of the medical research and healthcare sector.
Ace oversees the financial operation of the Children's Diabetes Centre. She is also the project manager for technology trials conducted at the Centre as the lead site of multiple national hybrid closed loop randomised controlled trials in addition to international investigational continuous glucose monitoring device studies.
Prior to joining the Centre in 2016, Ace has more than seven years of combined omics research experience in the field of infectious diseases with the UWA Department of Microbiology and Immunology, post-tonsillectomy surgery research with Perth ENT Centre, as well as large longitudinal twins cohort language study with Telethon Kids’ Looking at Language team. During her spare time, Ace actively volunteers for St John Ambulance WA as an event ambulance officer.
Program manager - exercise and nutrition
Heather joined the research team as a research assistant in 2008. In this role, she was responsible for writing ethics applications, recruiting participants, assisting with visits, maintaining databases, and performing sample processing for a number of studies.
In 2011, Heather became actively involved in the Australian co-ordination team for the Adolescent Type 1 Diabetes Cardio-Renal Intervention Trial (AdDIT), an international drug trial. This led to her developing her interest in clinical trials and transitioning into her role as clinical research associate (CRA). As a CRA, Heather was involved in all stages of clinical trials including developing essential documents, initiating sites, monitoring and closing out sites.
Heather is now the project manager for the exercise and nutrition teams, supporting the teams to conduct research to reduce hypoglycaemia and glucose excursions caused by exercise and food in young people with type 1 diabetes.