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Symposium Speakers

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 2nd Joint Symposium of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland and the Academy of Medical Sciences

'Advances in healthcare from large-scale data and informatics'

Friday, 13 April 2018, Manchester




Prof Sir Rory Collins

British Heart Foundation Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology; Head, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

"Size matters: the need for some large-scale population studies"

Rory Collins studied Medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, London, and Statistics at George Washington University and Oxford University.

He came to Oxford in 1981 to run the ISIS “mega-trials” which showed that emergency treatment of heart attacks with streptokinase and aspirin halves mortality. Subsequently, his focus has involved showing that lowering LDL-cholesterol safely reduces the risk of having heart attacks and strokes.

In 1985, he became co-director (with Richard Peto) of the University of Oxford's Clinical Trial Service Unit & Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU). He was appointed BHF Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology in 1996, and Head of the Nuffield Department of Population Health in 2013.

Rory became Principal Investigator of the UK Biobank prospective study of 500,000 people in 2005. He was elected to the Fellowship of the UK Academy of Medical Science in 2004 and the Royal Society in 2015, and knighted by the Queen for services to Science in 2011.


Prof Martin Gibson

Honorary Professor and Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology, University of Manchester

"Using electronic health resources to support care and research"

Martin Gibson is Chief Executive of Northwest EHealth, Director of the NIHR Clinical Research for Greater Manchester and Research and Informatics Director for the Greater Manchester AHSN.  He is a consultant physician specialising in diabetes and lipid disorders at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.  Martin is an active clinical trialist and has had a long-term interest in the use of electronic clinical data systems to improve healthcare and facilitate research. He played a central role in the GSK-sponsored Salford Lung Study, the world's first 'real-world' clinical trial. NWEH specialises in developing supported easy-to-use software tools for clinicians, scientists and managers to undertake research, audit, commissioning and care – www.nweh.co.uk.

The National Institute for Healthcare Research (NIHR) networks provide infrastructure support for academic and life science industry clinical research across the country. These actively managed networks have significantly increased the capacity, capability and performance of the UK across all phases of clinical research – www.nihr.ac.uk.

The Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network is one of fifteen AHSNs that provide national coverage.  AHSNs have a remit to improve patient and population health outcomes by translating research into practice and to develop and implement integrated health care services – www.gmahsn.org.


Dr Paul Varghese

Head, Health Informatics at Verily (Google Life Sciences)

"Medicine and Information Technology: Opportunities and Challenges"

Paul Varghese, MD MMSc is Head of Health Informatics for Verily (Google Life Sciences). A cardiologist and clinical informatician, Dr. Varghese helps lead Verily's efforts in the application of advanced data science methodologies to improve patient outcomes and patient-provider interactions. Prior to joining Verily, Dr. Varghese served as Medical Director for Cardiovascular IT atAgfa Healthcare, responsible for product design, interoperability, and quality/regulatory affairs. He currently serves on both the American College of Cardiology HIT Task Force and the American College of Cardiology Innovation Advisory Group.
Dr. Varghese holds an Sc.B. and M.D. from Brown University, and a MMSc in biomedical informatics from Harvard Medical School. He did his internal medicine residency training on the Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital; cardiology fellowship at UCSF, where he specialized in heart failure and echocardiography; and quality improvement / patient safety training at Intermountain Healthcare's Advanced Training Program.

Professor Jill Pell CBE

Director, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

"Big data: Why big is beautiful"

Jill Pell is the Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and Henry Mechan Professor of Public Health at the University of Glasgow. She is trained in both general practice and public health. Jill has championed the use of routine data and record linkage as a resource for epidemiology and health services research for more than 20 years. She is a member of: the British Heart Foundation’s Programme Grants Committee; Cancer Research UK’s Epidemiology Expert Review Panel; and the CRUK/Wellcome Trust/BHF Population Health Working Group. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Her study on the impact of smokefree legislation on myocardial infarction, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was voted by the American Heart and Stroke Associations to be the most important research advance of the year. She was awarded the CBE in 2017 for services to public health research.


Joint Chairs

Prof Neil Hanley, President Elect, Association of Physicians of Great Britain & Ireland and Prof Paul Stewart, Vice-President, Academy of Medical Sciences



Prof Sir Rory Collins Prof Martin Gibson   Dr Paul Varghese   Professor Jill Pell CBE


Professor Neil Hanley        Professor Paul Stewart