Dr Amanda Stranks completed her undergraduate studies in Adelaide, South Australia, before moving to the UK to complete her DPhil in Clinical Medicine in Oxford.  Prior to taking up her current role, Amanda held research fellowships at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, and completed an MPhil in Public Health at the University of Cambridge.

During her MPhil studies, Amanda developed an interest in the communication of research and how the public experiences and understands the research undertaken by scientists and clinicians. She now works as the Patient and Public Involvement Strategy Lead for the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre.  She connects researchers and interested members of the public to work together on research projects that are vital to developing and implementing accessible, relevant new treatments for all.  As part of the GI Know DIH, she is looking forward to working with IBD patients and supporters to ensure that this project is patient led and able to deliver breakthrough discoveries and treatments that are desperately needed for this condition.