Co-Investigators

Prof the Lord Ara Darzi
PI, Institute for Global Health Innovation

Professor Darzi is Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London. He also holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, and the Institute of Cancer Research and is Executive Chair of the World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar. He is a Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust and the Royal Marsden NHS Trust. In 2002, he was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery, and was introduced to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords as Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham in 2007. He has been a member of the Privy Council since June 2009 and was awarded the Order of Merit in January 2016. 

Prof Francesca Toni
Co-I & Technical Director

Francesca has been Professor in Computational Logic in DoC since 2013. She graduated in Computing at Pisa University (summa cum laude) and received a PhD from IC. She coordinated two EC-funded projects (SOCS, 2001–5; ARGUGRID, 2006–9), received a Senior Research Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Foundation (2006–7), was PI of the EPSRC TRaDAr project (EP/J020915/1, 2012-16), which used argumentation in decision making, in particular for medicine, and work package leader of the EC-FP7 DesMOLD project (2012-15), which used argumentation to evaluate alternative design choices in engineering. 

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Prof Brendan Delaney
Co-I

Professor Brendan Delaney joined Imperial as Chair in Medical Informatics and Decision Making. He is a practicing GP in Rotherhithe, and has an academic background in Clinical Research Informatics, Clinical Trials, HTA, Modelling and Patient Safety. Brendan’s main focus of research is on ‘The Learning Health System’, using informatics tools to link both knowledge generation and knowledge utilization to routine healthcare IT systems. A particular focus being on decision support for diagnosis and the role of Artificial Intelligence in creating, curating and improving diagnostic evidence. He is associate editor of the Journal ‘Learning Health Systems’, member of the UK Health Informatics Research Network College of Experts, Farr Institute Primary Care Lead, a member for the MRC Methodology Research Panel and Vice-chair of the CRUK Early Diagnosis Expert Review Panel.

Dr Ryan Li
Project Lead

Ryan is Adviser at GHD, leading on strategy, technical co-ordination and knowledge transfer across iDSI. He read Experimental Psychology at Oxford University and earned his PhD at UCL. He brings over 10 years experience in evidence-based medicine and quality improvement, including recent work on clinical guideline localisation with Vietnam and India. He sat on the Joint Secretariat of the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (2016) on UHC.

Dr Kun Zhao
Overseas Co-I

Dr. Kun Zhao is the director of division of health policy evaluation and technology assessment in CNHDRC of MOH. She got her MD in public medicine from China Medical University and MHSc in Health Care and Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia in Canada and she was a visiting scholar in the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment. Since 2007, Dr. Zhao leads on HTA training programs in China, and undertakes several HTA projects for MOH such as technology assessment of HD and PD treatment for ESRD patients and clinical pathway evaluation in rural China. She leads the national-level program evaluation projects such as the cost-benefit analysis of prevention measure of H1N1influenza in China, the cost -effectiveness analyses on models of stroke treatment and the equity-shaped evaluation of health policy and program in health system reform.

Dr Branko Marović
Overseas Co-I

Dr Branko Marović received BS, MS and PhD degrees in computer engineering and computer science from the University of Belgrade (UB). He worked at the UB, UCLA and UNOPS and is currently the deputy director of the Computer Centre of the UB. His areas of interest include health informatics, research infrastructures and management of IT projects and services. He participated in numerous international research and development projects and was the head of the EU funded project EU-IHIS that implemented hospital information systems across Serbia and developed an inter-institutional electronic health record. He also teaches at postgraduate courses at the UB.

Joshua Symons
Co-I

Joshua Symons currently leads the Big Data and Analytical Unit (BDAU) at Imperial College London, a specialist unit for data and infrastructure, and the first ISO 27001 certified research environment at the college. He has nearly 2 decades of experience developing and deploying secure infrastructure solutions. Since joining in 2015, the BDAU has grown to assist over 100 users using over 80 unique datasets across all college faculties. He has also founded a healthcare data knowledge exchange network which helps to ensure that healthcare data is used to its maximum research potential.

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Dr Kalipso Chalkidou
Co-I

Dr Kalipso Chalkidou is the Director of GHD. She holds an MD from the National University of Athens, a PhD from the University of Newcastle and was a Harkness Fellow in Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  Her research is at the interface of policy and practice, exploring frameworks for supporting accountable, scientific healthcare resource allocation. She has been involved in national healthcare reform in several countries, including China. In 2008-16 she was the founding Director of NICE International. Currently she is the PI for the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI, www.idsihealth.org ), a $20m multi-country grant by the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations and DFID, to support LMICs move towards universal health coverage (UHC). 

Dr Vasa Curcin
Co-I

Dr Vasa Curcin is a Lecturer in Health Informatics jointly in DoI and DHSC. He was the Scientific Project Manager of the EC-FP7 TRANSFoRm (2010-15) and the Technical Leader of the NIHR Collaborative Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care NW London programme, for which he designed and developed the WISH Electronic Data Collection and Reporting software used by 1000+ clinical, admin, and research staff. He is PI of the EPSRC ProvTemp (2016-17), which is developing the theoretical instruments to facilitate provenance adoption in software systems, with special focus on medicine. He is the Associate Editor of SAGE Digital Health journal.

Dr Ruth Misener
Co-I

Dr Ruth Misener is a Senior Lecturer in Computational Optimisation at the Imperial Department of Computing. She concurrently holds an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship (2017-2022). Foundations of Ruth’s research are in numerical optimisation algorithms and computational software frameworks. Applications include bioprocess and resource optimisation under uncertainty. Ruth received the Sir George Macfarlane Medal as the overall winner of the 2017 Royal Academy of Engineering Young Engineer of the Year competition. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers included Ruth in their 2017 35 Under 35 list (category: innovation).

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