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Celebrating International Women's Day 2024

Updated: Mar 6

Sonia Baryschpolec, Research Nurse,

Portsmouth Research Hub

Sonia Baryschpolec Research Nurse in Portsmouth Research Hub
Sonia Baryschpolec strikes the #IWD2024 pose

What does your role involve?

I support recruitment of our participants into clinical trials. As part of this, I work closely with our colleagues in pharmacy to review documents, such as study specific worksheets. We have a designated investigational medicinal product (IMP) management room, where I help oversee equipment and stock. I have also developed our standard operating procedures and training for new vaccinators.

What research studies are you working on?

I am currently working on Clinical Trials for COVID-19 vaccines, and observational studies to understand more about COVID-19.

What made you want to work in research?

As a nurse, all practice is based on evidence. I was fascinated to understand how evidence is gathered on the ground. I wanted to be part of the process in finding new treatments and knowledge to improve lives. I am naturally curious, so I enjoy working through protocols in detail and the operational planning for delivery.

Some of the Portsmouth Research Hub team
Some of the Portsmouth Research Hub team

Why do you think International Women's Day is important?

IWD is vital for the recognition of the contribution women make in society. It is important that we also acknowledge how far we have come, the hard work and sacrifices made but also to highlight how far we still have to go.

Why is it important for more women to work in research?

Women have a huge range of skills which are essential for research roles. And research can offer a wide variety of opportunities for development and provide a rewarding career.

What does being a woman help you bring to your role? 

In my role I am frequently working on several projects simultaneously, more commonly referred to as 'multi-tasking'. It is widely acknowledged that women are far better at multi-tasking than men! Women also have the ability to assess, organise and prioritise workloads rapidly. In addition women are good strategic thinkers. These qualities are essential for time efficiency and safety. Moreover, it is often argued that women are great communicators. In my experience good communication with all stakeholders has been vital in my everyday work.

What advice would you give women and girls to inspire them to consider a career in research?

If you are curious about research, hard working and ready for a challenge, then believe in yourself, and be part of the future.

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