Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Operations Manager - Clinical Research



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Dr Christina Prechtl works as Clinical Operations Manager and Dietitian at the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit (ICTU) at Imperial College London.

She holds a Bachelor and Master Degree in Dietetics. She completed her PhD at Imperial College London where she investigated the effect of gut hormones on brain reward systems using functional MRI. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).

Since 2006, she has been involved in various research studies in the areas of obesity and diabetes. In her current role as Clinical Operations Manager she is involved in the delivery of the operational aspects of clinical trials and provides management expertise and input to support ICTU operational activities. She oversees and assists with establishing a range of clinical trials which will be devised, set up, carried out and analysed by the unit.

Dr Prechtl takes responsibility for the development of trials from the time of grant writing, the grant being awarded to the time of the Project Manager being recruited and has oversight of currently ongoing studies in terms of staffing, finance and project management. She provides advice on issues relating to ethical and regulatory applications, pharmacovigilance, drug supply and trial management and ensures trials are run in an efficient way conforming to their study protocols, SOPs and all applicable regulations.

She is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and she is a member of the British Dietetic Association and Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy.



Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Miras AD, Al-Najim W, Jackson SN, et al., 2014, Psychological characteristics, eating behavior, and quality of life assessment of obese patients undergoing weight loss interventions., Scandinavian Journal of Surgery, ISSN:1457-4969

Goldstone AP, Prechtl CG, Scholtz S, et al., 2014, Ghrelin mimics fasting to enhance human hedonic, orbitofrontal cortex, and hippocampal responses to food, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol:99, ISSN:0002-9165, Pages:1319-1330

Scholtz S, Miras AD, Chhina N, et al., 2014, Obese patients after gastric bypass surgery have lower brain-hedonic responses to food than after gastric banding, Gut, Vol:63, ISSN:0017-5749, Pages:891-902

Seyfried F, Miras AD, Bueter M, et al., 2013, Effects of preoperative exposure to a high-fat versus a low-fat diet on ingestive behavior after gastric bypass surgery in rats, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, Vol:27, ISSN:0930-2794, Pages:4192-4201

Goldstone AP, de Hernandez CG, Beaver JD, et al., 2009, Fasting biases brain reward systems towards high-calorie foods, Vol:30, ISSN:1460-9568, Pages:1625-1635


Prechtl C, Beaver JD, Croese C, et al., 2009, Dietary Restraint Influence Brain Activation to Food Pictures of Different Caloric Value, The Rank Prize Fund, Mini-symposium on Regulation of Appetite

Prechtl C, Beaver JD, Croese C, et al., 2009, Fasting Biases Brain Reward Systems Towards High-Calorie Foods, British Endocrine Society

Prechtl C, Beaver JD, Croese C, et al., 2009, Reward Sensitivity and Positive Affect Influence Brain Activation to Food Pictures of Different Caloric Value, ISMRM 17th Scientific Meeting

Prechtl C, Goldstone AP, Beaver JD, et al., 2008, Skipping breakfast biases brain reward systems towards high-calorie foods, NuGOWeek 2008, 5th annual conference meeting

Prechtl C, Goldstone AP, Beaver JD, et al., 2008, Increased desire for food when fasted is associated with increased fMRI activation in the ventral striatum, insula and amygdala, ISMRM

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