November Researcher 2023

INSPIRE'S Researchers Series

Researcher Spotlight

 Welcome back to our Researcher Spotlight series! Every month we highlight one of our consortium members working to bring INSPIRE forward. 

This November, we are delighted to spotlight Carmine Petrasso from King’s College London, England. Carmine is both a physiotherapist and a qualified nurse who is completing a PhD within the INSPIRE project.  Carmine’s clinical expertise and interest in fostering well-being is a fantastic asset to the project! 

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Carmine Petrasso

Tell us a bit about yourself Carmine!

My name is Carmine, but I am known as Mino amongst my friends, family and colleagues. I am a qualified physiotherapist and a registered adult nurse, with experience in a range of different healthcare backgrounds. I initially trained as a physiotherapist, working in a variety of settings prior to specialising in neurodevelopmental paediatrics. Working as a physiotherapist provided me with an appreciation of the importance of physical well-being in people’s lives. Later, I returned to university and trained as an adult nurse, as I was keen to broaden my skills and knowledge to encompass a wider spectrum of healthcare needs.

My current journey involves pursuing a PhD at King’s College London University. My research focuses on improving the identification, assessment, and management of declining mobility status among individuals with advanced cancer. Through my research, I hope to enhance the quality of life of individuals and their families by improving the way healthcare professionals identify and support those who experience mobility challenges due to advanced cancer.

What’s your role in INSPIRE?

I joined the INSPIRE team in February 2023. My role involves working as part of the research team based at King’s College London, and I will be contributing to and supporting various work packages, focusing on the area of mobility. Additionally, I will be supporting the delivery of the INSPIRE intervention at the London sites.

What excites you the most about INSPIRE? 

The most exciting component of the INSPIRE trial is the potential to bring about positive and meaningful change. Advanced cancer can be physically and emotionally taxing for the individual and their families, resulting in significant limitations that affect their daily lives. I feel excited and privileged to be part of a project that aims to enhance quality of life and empower individuals to pursue their goals.

How would you describe the INSPIRE project in three words?