The current model of healthcare delivery in the UK is subject to unprecedented challenges. An ageing population, the impact of lifestyle factors and increasing costs mean that the existing approaches may become unsustainable. This, coupled with a drive towards personalised medicine, presents an opportunity for a step change in healthcare delivery. To do this, we need to make best use of the health data we collect and create a better understanding of the relationship between treatments, outcomes, patients and costs.

Lead Researchers:

Professor Iain Buchan

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. 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.


Professor John Ainsworth

John Ainsworth is professor of health informatics at the University of Manchester where he is also Director of the Centre for Health Informatics. He is also Deputy Director of the MRC Health eResearch Centre, part of the Farr Institute and is the Director of the Connected Health Cities Coordinating Centre. John works at the intersection of information technology and healthcare research focusing on applying information technology to improving health care and includes: harnessing computing technology to enhance data science, using information technology to improve health services and applying emerging computing technologies to create novel interventions.



Dr Niels Peek

Niels is Professor of Health Informatics at the MRC Health eResearch Centre for North England and the Director of the Greater Manchester Connected Health City. He has co-authored over 150 scientific publications in health informatics, artificial intelligence, and epidemiology. His research focuses on improving quality and safety of healthcare using methods and tools from the fields of informatics, statistics and artificial intelligence. He is former President of the Society for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME). In April 2017, he organised the Informatics for Health 2017 conference in Manchester which was attended by more than 800 people from 30 countries.



Dr Matthew Sperrin

Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Health Data Science in the Centre for Health Informatics, which is the centre of the Health e-Research Centre, the northern node of the Farr Institute. He researches new statistical methodology to make inference with observational health data, collaborating closely with clinicians, epidemiologists, health informaticians, software engineers and statisticians. His research can be categorised in three areas: Understanding the observation process, Inferring trends and patterns from data and Making predictions and decisions.


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