International Women's Day 2022 Meet Gemma Greenall.
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International Women’s Day 2022 | Meet Gemma Greenall

March 8, 2022

To mark International Women’s Day 2022 and Endometriosis Action Month we wanted to introduce you to some of the amazing women involved in our Endometriosis project. Say hello to Gemma Greenall from Perspectum.

What is your job and what does it involve?

I’m Programme Manager for Women’s Health at Perspectum which involves managing the day to day activities of our programme of studies which covers Breast Cancer, Fetal Growth and Endometriosis. I work with the rest of the Women’s Health team and key collaborators in the field, to take the studies from their idea stage, through the ethics approval process and to set up and recruitment at the collaborating NHS sites.

Can you describe your career path so far?

I completed my degree in Biomedical Science which included a year in industry completing my HCPC portfolio working in a lab within the NHS. I soon realised I wanted to have more of an impact on the patient pathway and started my move into research. I worked for a short while in HEOR and Market access exploring evidence-based medicine and reimbursement routes for new technologies into the healthcare systems, before taking on a role within Oxford University as a Clinical Trial Manager. This gave me the foundation of my knowledge today around healthcare systems and patient pathways and allowed me to move to Perspectum, where the research is very exciting, fast-paced and cutting edge.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I love being involved in a very new research area for Perspectum and leading our Women’s Health portfolio. I’m excited to see where this research leads in terms of new ideas and products and helping to expand Perspectum’s portfolio into new disease areas.

What are the greatest challenges within your role?

There are a lot of biases in research, including the collection of sex-specific health data. Whilst I’m lucky enough to work in the Women’s Health team, where this is our focus, incorporating the collection of this data in more generalised research is still not widely done. So as part of my role in Women’s Health, I’m working to encourage colleagues to understand the importance of sex-specific health data and am very lucky to work in such a forward and progressive company.

What is your advice to women who may be inspired to follow your career path?

Don’t feel restricted by the supposed “glass ceiling”.  Some workplaces will make you feel like you can only go so far and that the grass isn’t always greener if you were to move on. Don’t be afraid of moving around until you find your fit and take that leap and find somewhere that allows you to explore all avenues in your career.

How will you be marking International Women’s Day 2022?

I will be working with the fantastic Women’s Health team during the day, followed by an evening with my Sister and Mum who are strong independent women, who always challenge me to push boundaries and never fail to make me laugh!

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