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Darmiga Thayabaran (UK NHS Doctor)

I had an excellent year at MRINZ and am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked as part of such a pioneering research community. As a junior doctor from the UK my plan after foundation training was to gain some insight and experience in clinical research while exploring a new part of the world. MRINZ offered me this completely. Not only did it expose me to a huge variety of research projects but it was also a fantastic place to work complete with friendly, supportive and inspiring colleagues. During the course of the year I gained experience implementing study protocols, performing literature searches and drafting manuscripts for publications, in addition to completing courses on spirometry, vaccinations and advanced Good Clinical Practice. Furthermore, as a Lord of the Rings fan, living in Middle Earth was amazing!

My year at MRINZ was a truly invaluable experience which has provided me with the perfect foundation for pursuing academic research in the future. Thank you for such a great year.

Dr Darmiga Thayabaran