East and South East Asian Heritage Month: an interview with Michelle

Michelle, Clinical Research Nurse


It's East and South East Asian Heritage Month and King's CRF research nurse is calling on more people from the East and South East Asian community to take part in NIHR-supported research.

East and South East Asian Heritage Month is an annual celebration to highlight the histories, achievements and unique identities of East and South East Asian communities. 

Michelle Dela Cruz, from the Philippines, is a research nurse at King's CRF. She spoke with our communications officer about her role and the importance of East and South East Asian representation in research. She said:

"My work is to ensure that the highest quality research, with vigorous and accurate results, can be achieved for the best possible treatment and safest care available for people with health disorders. As a clinical research nurse, I am responsible for assessing the participants, administering trial medication, monitoring vital signs and measurements, and reporting any adverse events during the trial to ensure patients are safe.

"The most interesting part of being a research nurse is establishing rapport with patients enrolled in clinical trials, enjoying innovation, and seeking amazing results that could change the future of patient care and patients' quality of life. 

"East and Southeast Asian representation is necessary in research as it advocates for diversity. Without a diverse group of individuals participating in research, researchers will not know whether the results can be applied to all people equally".

The NIHR is the largest funder of health and care research in England. The NIHR's Be Part of Research service was set up to help people find out about health and care research taking place across the UK.

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By NIHR Wellcome King's Clinical Research Facility at 8 Sep 2023, 15:21 PM

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