As Programme Manager for Evidence Synthesis Ireland (ESI), Dr Burke is responsible for developing a world-class evidence synthesis centre at NUI Galway, including the re-establishment of Cochrane Ireland. Along with the Executive Committee, Nikita is responsible for establishing, co-ordinating, managing and delivering activities for ESI, as well as developing new strategies for its future. She is also responsible for delivering on primary evidence synthesis methodology research projects including; applying for funding, conducting studies with international research teams and reporting and disseminating project findings.
Prior to joining ESI, Nikita was the Development Manager for the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland where she co-ordinated network activities and dissemination, built relationships with partners, and facilitated public and patient involvement in research. Nikita worked for a decade in preclinical research (Physiology, Pharmacology), with a focus on the role of the immune system in depression and chronic pain. She completed her PhD in Neuroscience at NUI Galway, during which she was a visiting researcher at the Universidad Complutense Madrid. She carried out postdoctoral research at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary (Canada), examining the long-term consequences of pain and stress in early life. Nikita brings extensive experience in research, project management and public engagement.