As Programme Manager for Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Associate Director of Cochrane Ireland, Dr Nikita Burke is responsible for managing and developing a world-class evidence synthesis centre based at the University of Galway. Along with the Executive Committee, Nikita is responsible for establishing, coordinating, managing, delivering and evaluating a programme of activities for Evidence Synthesis Ireland, as well as developing new strategies for its future. She is also responsible for developing international and national collaborations, leading on impact case studies and developing dissemination strategies.
Prior to joining Evidence Synthesis Ireland, Nikita was the Development Manager for the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland where she coordinated network activities and dissemination, built relationships with partners, and facilitated public and patient involvement in research. Nikita worked for a decade in preclinical research and completed her PhD in Neuroscience at University of Galway, during which she was a visiting researcher at the Universidad Complutense Madrid. She carried out postdoctoral research in Galway and at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary.
Her curiosity and commitment to knowledge translation inspired her to bridge the gap between lab-based inquiry and real-world applications of research. Beyond her managerial expertise, Nikita has experience in public involvement and engagement.