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.
Areas of research expertise: Clinical research laboratory management, molecular biology and omics studies
Armed with an MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW) in which Ace was selected for an exchange program with University of Michigan, she specialises in strategy and management of the healthcare sector.
Ace has more than six years' research experience in genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, and omics studies as well as five years in managing medical research laboratories in Princess Margaret Hospital, The University of WA and Telethon Kids Institute.
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 beginning her transition into her current role as clinical research associate. Since then, Heather has been involved in all stages of clinical trials including developing essential documents, initiating sites, monitoring and closing out sites.
More recently, Heather has taken on a project management role supporting the team to conduct a series of studies as part of a JDRF-awarded grant looking at ‘Reducing hypoglycaemia and glucose excursions caused by exercise and food in young people with T1DM’.