Rebecca Coad

Research Programme Manager

I have worked at North Bristol NHS Trust since July 2009 as the Research Development Manager supporting researchers across the Trust to develop research projects and programmes and apply for funding. I joined the Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit in January 2011 as a part time Research Programme Manager for ‘Child Talk – What Works’ an NIHR funded research programme. This research programme aims to improve the quality of speech and Language Therapy for preschool children with primary speech and language impairments.
My background is in developmental biology and cell therapy. I undertook my PhD  at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cranfield University investigating the Origin of Barrett’s Oesophagus (completed in 2006). I subsequently worked as a Research Associate in Prof. Jonathan Slack’s lab at the University of Bath and University of Minnesota investigating the potential of making pancreas tissue from the gall bladder as a therapy for diabetic patients. Through my career I have developed skills in coordinating and managing research projects which has led me to this role in the Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit.