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Dr Sophie Petit-Zeman

Director of Patient Involvement In Research, University of Oxford Biomedical Research Centre

Dr Sophie Petit-Zeman is Director of Patient Involvement in Research. She is also Director of SPZ Associates, specialising in medicine and social care communications and strategy, scientific advisor to Y Touring Theatre Company and chair of the Steering Group for their Wellcome Trust five-year £1 million strategic award. Sophie writes for a range of lay and professional publications, is a member of the UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (DUETs) steering group for NICE/NHS Evidence and a Trustee of the Brain and Spine Foundation. From 2004 to 2012 she was Head of External Relations and, latterly, Adviser for Public Involvement and Engagement at the Association of Medical Research Charities. Her earlier research career focused on stroke, epilepsy and pain, and her PhD, at London’s Kings College Hospital, investigated brain cell death in motor neuron disease and dementia. She then migrated, via mental health research development at the Mental Health Foundation, to communications and journalism. Shortlisted MIND Mental Health Journalist of the Year 2001, she has worked for all UK broadsheets, numerous specialist journals, the NHS, private and voluntary sectors, at home and abroad. Sophie appears regularly in the media and has written two books: Doctor, What’s Wrong? Making the NHS Human Again (Routledge, 2005) and How to be an Even Better Chair (Pearson, 2006). Dr Petit-Zeman was additionally involved with the DIPEx charity, a member of the Clinical Trials Module Advantages group and the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group.


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