Professor Iain Buchan

Director of the Health eResearch Centre

Iain is the Director of the MRC Health eResearch Centre (HeRC) of the national Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research ( He founded and leads the Centre for Health Informatics which is dedicated to world-leading health informatics research to advance data-intensive health science and care. His research and innovation work centres on harnessing large-scale, population-based health data to scale-up and speed-up scientific research and (public) health service development in tandem. In 2012 he was elected to Fellowship of the American College of Medical Informatics. 

Iain’s research is driven by both methodological adventure and tackling problems where informatics and data sciences can deliver most public health benefit. He brought together machine learning and biostatistical approaches to the analysis of complex longitudinal data, leading to substantial data-accelerated discoveries.