the EMROX team

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Dr Melanie Darwent

Emergency Department Research Lead


Melanie is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Oxford University NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust and has been research lead for the department for a number of years, during which time the scope of ED research has expanded to include a multitude of national and international studies

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Dr. Alex Novak

 Emergency Department  Research Lead ( Incoming)

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Sally Beer

Lead Research Nurse     


Sally started her nursing career in South Africa, and moved to the UK in 1999.      

She has worked predominantly in Critical Care and Emergency environments, before moving into research in the Emergency Department in 2011.  Her first experience of research was consenting and recruiting patients into the double-blind, randomised controlled trial of Ipratropium Bromide, in the Casualty of Groote Schuur Hospital in 1986.      


The research portfolio in the Department has grown from one study, to a current portfolio of 10 studies, with 25 completed studies, and some ‘home-grown’ studies in development.

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Alexis Espinosa

Research Nurse     


Alexis completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the Philippines and was awarded Clinical Excellence in Nursing.        


She joined the Oxford University NHSFT in 2002.        


In 2013 she joined the Emergency Department Research Team. Since then, she has earned her Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care and Research Management from Oxford Brookes University.

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Domonique Georgiou

Research Nurse


Domonique attained her Adult Nursing BSc from Surrey University in 2011. 


She achieved a graduate certificate in Emergency Nursing in 2014.  Currently, she has a dual role as a research and staff nurse in the Emergency Department. Since joining the EMRox team in 2015 Domonique has completed courses in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research and masters modules in Planning and Managing Clinical Trials. 


This year she hopes to continue her studies by focussing on qualitative research methods.

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Jose Martinez

Research Nurse     


Jose acquired his nursing qualifications from Balearic Islands University in 2012.         


That same year he moved to the UK where he has worked as a senior nurse in a nursing home, EAU and ED in the JR Hospital.        


Jose joined the ED Research Team in September 2016. He is the main contact for the GPED study and is currently running a trial on head immobilisation blocks in major trauma patients.

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Hannah Thraves

Research Nurse


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Elena Perez Lopez

Research Nurse

Elena qualified as a nurse in July 2010. She worked in Spain for almost 3 years. Then moved to UK nearly 6 years ago and worked Emergency Department. After this time she was ready for a new challenge. She joined the Emergency Medicine Oxford Research team in April 2019. 

This new role combined with her clinical experience helped her progress professionally and personally.


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Rocio Fernandez Mendoza

Research Nurse

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Veronica Sanchez Gallardo

Research Nurse

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Alberto Sobrino Diaz

Research Nurse

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