Mrs Caroline Kingdon
Research Nurse and UK ME/CFS Biobank Lead
I trained as a State Registered nurse at Guy’s Hospital, later specialising in hospice care at St Christopher’s when Cicely Saunders was medical director and hospice a very new and exciting concept.
I went on to work as a nurse practitioner for many years in a city GP practice, largely comprising students but with an ethnically diverse resident population. During that time, I chaired the local multidisciplinary mental health advisory group and helped to facilitate mental health education for the PCG.
I moved to the US where I helped to establish a population-based biobank and later worked as clinical director of the embryonic Qatar Biobank. At that time, I began to study for a Master’s in Public Health through the LSHTM distance-learning program. I worked latterly as editor of the research review of a postgraduate university in the Middle East.
Returning to the UK, I joined the CureME team in 2013, where I am responsible for the recruitment to the UK ME/CFS Biobank and coordinate applications for the use of the samples and data. A privilege has been to visit the participants most severely affected by ME/CFS at home in order to include them in the project.