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Oh wow! How is it October already? This year has just flown by! But as we tick another month off of our calendars, it is time again for the Step Change Citizen Scientist of the Month!

This time we are joined by  Sarah Markham, a citizen scientist working with our partners from NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, on our Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) CSI.

Learn a little more about Sarah

Dr. Sarah Markham is an experienced patient advisor and plays a very active role in promoting mental health advocacy and service improvement by working with NHS England and other healthcare services in the United Kingdom.

Sarah has a PhD in mathematics, with a particular research focus on topics such as risk assessment in mental health and the utilization of digital deliberation technologies in the realm of Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

  • Where am I from: I live on the southeast coast of the United Kingdom, alongside an industrial harbour and lots of car dealerships; a very engineering-oriented landscape.
  • Role within the CSI: Citizen scientist.
  • Areas of interest: Methodology, including the integration of quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • My science role model: Anyone with natural scientific curiosity and insight.
  • My biggest dream: To publish my next paper!!!
  • My favourite recipe: Salad.

Why did you decide to take part in this initiative on Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)?

Curiosity and a desire to share and learn.

What did you know about Citizen Science before you started working for StepChange?

That it was the means by which members of the public contribute to scientific effort and knowledge.

Would you participate again in such an initiative, and if so why?

Yes, because it’s been such an inspiring experience.

Thank you again to Sarah for all the great work you do for the StepChange project, and for helping our friends in Oxford!

Check back with us in November for our next Citizen Scientist of the Month.

Do you want to take part in the project as a citizen scientist and join our UK Citizen Science Initiative? Or if you would like to learn more about the project, do not hesitate to reach out to us and send us a message via the form below. A member of our research team will get in touch with you. Or click here for more information.