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.
Wendy manages multiple national hybrid closed loop randomised controlled trials and international investigational continuous glucose monitoring device studies.
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.