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Celebrating International Women's Day 2024

Charmaine Lomibao, Research Nurse,

Southampton Research Hub

Charmaine Lomibao strikes the #IWD2024 pose
Charmaine Lomibao strikes the #IWD2024 pose

What does your role involve?

As a Research Nurse, I am involved in patient recruitment, patient assessment, study visits, data collection and data entry. My role involves both admin and hands-on clinical care.

What research studies are you working on?

I work on Phase 1 to Phase 3 clinical trials including Human Challenge studies

What made you want to work in research?

I joined research because I have this desire in my heart to be a part of research team who works together to make a difference in people’s lives. Research might be challenging but it’s full of fun and it is rewarding.

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

For me, International Women's Day reminds us that women are equal to men. It is crucial to send out the message that women are accomplished achievers. There is nothing we can't do.

Charmaine Lomibao seen with patient and colleague in Southampton Research Hub
Charmaine Lomibao at work in Southampton Research Hub

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

Women have great compassion, empathy and sympathy. And I think this really helps improve the research experience for our participants.

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

As a woman, I feel I have real insight into what our participants and patients are going through, and I am really sensitive to their concerns and needs . One important goal for us is to retain participants. By showing compassion and care we can really build trust . And this makes their experience better - so our volunteers are more likely to stay in the study and come back to take part in the future.

Research really helps us save and improve lives - as women we give birth and we give life. Human life comes from our wombs. I feel research is a real extension of this - it's a way to advocate for life, and it's another really important role women are called to.

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