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Sarah Laidler

Trial Dispenser

 College House 1.23


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

 Office hours:

Sarah's core working days are Wednesday and Thursday.


Sarah has extensive experience in the health, social care and the business sector prior to starting at the University of Exeter.   She has acquired a wealth of knowledge as Senior Research and Governance Facilitator at Devon Partnership NHS Trust working across a wide portfolio of commercial and non-commercial research trials including: dementia, mental health and forensic services.  Within the role she managed the governance of the entire research portfolio hosted at the hospital, devised and implemented a research management framework and was responsible for reviewing trial feasibility and regulation compliance. 

Sarah previously worked for the Department of Health, Learning Disabilities Task Force on policy development to improve the lives of adults with learning disabilities, she has also worked with various learning disabilities charities.  

Sarah currently works on the VitaMIND Study which aims to determine whether taking Vitamin D supplements improves brain function in older adults who may be at risk of cognitive decline in later life. The study is led by Dr Anne Corbett and is part of the PROTECT study portfolio.  PROTECT is working to understand how the brain ages and how the risk of dementia and mental health issues might be reduced in later life


MSc in Applied Health Services Research, University of Exeter (completion date June 2021)

HND Business and Finance, University of the West of England

HND Graphic Design and Communications, City of Bristol College

Prince foundation certificate in project management

Clinical research monitoring training


Research interests

Women’s health and aging


Health inequalities



Research projects

MSc assignments passed at Merit or Distinction level include:

Global Public Health and Environment: Report and recommendations on the United Nations, Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life below water, in the context of Jamaica.

Systematic reviews for policy and practice: An evaluation of self-help psychological interventions for women with problematic menopausal vasomotor symptoms (Night sweats and hot flushes): protocol for a systematic review and planned meta-analysis of randomised control trials.

Clinical Trials:  Review and recommendations for the challenges of the ethics of consent to participate in the study of Mirtazapine for Agitation in Dementia: HTA SYMBAD.

Health Economics:  An evaluation of the cost effectiveness evidence of prostate cancer screening.

Statistics as applied to health: Explanation and critique of pre-selected papers


Research networks

UK Trial Managers Network 


Supervision / Group

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