Mrs Claudia Francis
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Mrs Claudia Francis joined the African Cancer Institute as a Clinical Trials Coordinator in 2017. She is responsible for preparing and coordinating the activities of the site, which is spread across a multitude of disciplines and to ensure trials are successfully started, kept on schedule, and undertaken with a high degree of quality, whilst continuously motivating team members to accomplish the project goals timeously.
The Dutch philosopher, Desirius Erasmus (1466–1536) said: “prevention is better than cure” and Francis Bacon in his book 'Meditationes Sacrae and Human Philosophy' (1597), quoted: “Knowledge is power”.
I am strongly convinced that the power in the process to help a person to prevent one of the non-communicable diseases namely, cancer, is the application of knowledge with compassion.
Prior to joining the ACI, Claudia was a Study Coordinator at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre (DTTC), Stellenbosch University. In this role, she was responsible for conducting clinical trials with the research team under the guidance of the Principal Investigator. She has previously worked as a Study Nurse in areas like Khayelitsha, Ravensmead and Uitsig where she participated in recruitment, screening, enrolment and follow up visits of the participants and she also liaised with different community health centres to create awareness of the research projects.
Outside of the office, Claudia enjoys the outdoor life including camping and travelling to explore our beautiful and interesting South Africa with her kids. She also loves to volunteer in community projects especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.