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Okwuchi Azubuike

Okwuchi Azubuike

Senior Research Nurse

Okwuchi graduated in 2001 as a General Registered Nurse. Following which she gained experience working with both Adults and Children.

She relocated to the UK in 2009 and soon found her 1st love with Neonates – caring for Premature & very sick babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She worked in a couple of level 3 NICU units in London, Oxford and Saudi Arabia – for a total of 11 years. Within those years, she completed the Neonatal courses – Special Care, High Dependency & Intensive Care modules. She also completed Clinical Decision-Making & Mentorship modules. After which she embarked on a Masters degree programme (MSc Nursing – Clinical Leadership) – part time. She is currently undertaking her research-based dissertation.

She was also interested in gaining experience working in the middle-east. So she jetted off for an adventure to Saudi Arabia on a 2-year contract in 2019 – where she worked in NICU, PICU and Paediatric clinics. She returned back to UK & switched to Research – as a Paediatric Research Nurse at Oxford University Hospital (OUH). Her love for Research was birthed as she undertook some of her Masters degree modules – Advanced Research Design (ARD) & Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP) – both of which she passed with distinctions.

Being certain that her new found love was ‘everything Research’ – she quickly became the Lead Nurse for a couple of Clinical Trial studies for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and Angelman Syndrome (AS) – within a very short time of joining the team at OUH. Both studies were under Neurology, namely; i) Genetx study – A Phase 1/2 Open-label, Multiple-dose, Dose-escalating Clinical Trial of the Safety and Tolerability of GTX-102, in Paediatric Participants With Angelman Syndrome (AS).

ii) EMBARK study – A Phase 3 Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo Controlled Systemic Gene Delivery Study, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of SRP 9001, in participants with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Presently, she just joined the EMERGE team in further pursuit of her love for Research. Well received within the team, she sees great opportunities to expand and grow – learning new things. Her long-term goal is to be fully involved in Research – undertaking her own projects and contributing meaningfully to the society at large, by shaping culture and behaviours, through evidence-based research. She is also very enthusiastic about Authentic and Transformational Leadership.

Outside work, Okwuchi currently works on her research-based dissertation. She is also deeply spiritual and an ardent lover of nature – and plans to explore nature & natural habitats in Scotland.