Clinical Research Network appoints Liz Darlison MBE as its new Clinical Research Lead

Liz Darlison is a Consultant Nurse at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University, University of Leicester and the University of Sheffield, and has been appointed to be Clinical Research Lead for Division 1 (Cancer) for the Clinical Research Network (CRN) East Midlands.

Liz brings with her vast experience and expertise from her time working in research in the NHS, which she will use to help shape the direction of cancer research across the East Midlands.

She trained in Leicester and has progressed from being an Enrolled Nurse working at the Leicester Royal Infirmary to a nursing sister and then a consultant nurse, with her work underpinned by academic qualifications and professional training.

Based at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, Liz focuses on the treatment and care of mesothelioma (asbestos-related cancer) patients. She is the founder of the national charity, Mesothelioma UK, and in her role as Head of Services for the organisation, is responsible for shaping the charity’s vision and strategic direction.

Liz was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen’s 2019 Birthday Honours in recognition of services to patients and cancer research.

Commenting on the appointment, Professor David Rowbotham, Clinical Director at CRN East Midlands, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Liz to our clinical leadership team. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience from her time working in the NHS, and her passion for delivering research to change lives makes her ideally suited to join our team. We look forward to working with Liz in order to continue delivering high-quality cancer research across the region.”

Liz Darlison added: “I would like to thank the senior management team at the CRN East Midlands for providing me, and nursing, with this opportunity. I am optimistic about the impact that nurses can have on clinical research, particularly equitable access for our patients. I am grateful for the warm welcome I have received and look forward to working with the whole CRN East Midlands team, particularly my Division 1 colleagues.”