Advisory Board: Phase One


Trish Greenhalgh

trish%20greenhalghTrish Greenhalgh is an internationally recognised academic in primary health care and a practising GP. She joined the Nuffield Department of Primary Care in January 2015 after previously holding professorships at University College London and Queen Mary University of London. Her past research has covered the evaluation and improvement of clinical services at the primary-secondary care interface, particularly the use of narrative methods to illuminate the illness experience in ‘hard to reach’ groups; the challenges of implementing evidence-based practice (including the study of knowledge translation and research impact); the adoption and use of new technologies (including electronic patient records and assisted living technologies) by both clinicians and patients; and the application of philosophy to clinical practice. Trish is a fellow at Green Templeton College.

Roger Jones

rogerjonesRoger Jones is the Founding President of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology and the European Society for Primary Care Gastroenterology. Educated at Oxford and St Thomas, he is Chair of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and Provost of the South London Faculty of the RCGP, as well as Editor of the British Journal of General Practice. He was Wolfson Professor and head of general practice and primary care at King’s College London School of Medicine from 1993 – 2010, where he was also Dean for Teaching and Dean for External Affairs, and now holds an emeritus position there. Professor Jones has played a leading role in the development of academic general practice in the UK over the last 20 years during which time his main area of research interest has been the epidemiology and management of common gastrointestinal problems in the community and in primary care. He has also published on mental health problems in primary care and on the relationships between health and ethnicity, and on health policy and medical ethics. He has been active in research and development in medical education since the introduction of the OSCE at Southampton in the 1980s. Professor Jones edited Family Practice, an international journal of primary care, between 1990– 2004 and was Editor-in-Chief of the prize-winning Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care, published in 2005.

David Clifton

david cliftonDavid Clifton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford, and a Governing Body fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. His research focuses on the development of “big data” machine learning for tracking the health of complex systems. His previous research resulted in patented systems for jet-engine health monitoring, used with the engines of the Airbus A380, the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner”, and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Since 2008, he has translated his work into the biomedical context for healthcare applications. He has worked on Visensia, the world’s first FDA-approved multivariate patient monitoring system, and the SEND system, which is now used to monitor 20,000 patients each month in the NHS. His research has been commercialised via university spin-out companies OBS Medical, Oxehealth, and Medyc, in addition to collaboration with multinational industrial bodies.

Jens Rittscher

Jens Rittscher holds a joint appointment with Department of Engineering Science and the Nuffield Department of Medicine. He aims to advance mechanistic understanding of disease and patient care through quantitative image analysis. He is a group leader at the Target Discovery Institute and is a adjunct member of the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research. He is a senior research fellow at Harris Manchester College in Oxford.

Prior to coming to Oxford Jens Rittscher was a senior research scientist and manager at GE Global Research in Niskayuna (NY, USA), one of the world’s largest and most diversified industrial research laboratories. Building on his extensive expertise in computer vision, probabilistic modelling and statistical learning, he developed new theoretical approaches that address specific real-world challenge problems in automated video annotation, visual surveillance, and biomedical imaging. In the context of biomedical imaging he worked on applications ranging from monitoring cellular processes and computational pathology to the development of an anatomical atlas for zebrafish imaging. In addition he held a position as an adjunct professor at the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy (NY, USA). In 2001 he was awarded a DPhil from the University of Oxford for his work on recognizing human motion under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Blake, FRS. To date he has been awarded 29 U.S. patents, 20 published patent applications, published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, one edited book, and 5 book chapters.

Shaun Leamon

shaunleamon_smallShaun Leamon works to build and share evidence and capability, and help others test and demonstrate innovations to improve quality in health service delivery. As part of this work, Shaun leads the Health Foundation’s Insight programme, one of the Foundation’s largest research programmes supporting novel research to improve health and care in the UK. Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Shaun led a team of research staff at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). The group was responsible for positioning the RNIB as a key knowledge source on evidence and research in the sight loss sector. Shaun was also responsible for co-designing and delivering the RNIB’s 5-year strategic plan for research. Shaun holds a BSc in Physiology and an MSc in Human and Applied Physiological Research.

Chris Jenkins

chris-jenkinsChris is a Partnership Manager for the Thomas Pocklington Trust, a medium sized national charity for people with sight loss. He is a sport science and disability studies graduate, also with a disability equality training background. Chris has competed internationally in athletics for the visually impaired and has a variety of medals. In previous employment he worked at the Greater London Authority on culture, sport and volunteering initiatives in the build up to and delivery of the London 2012 Games. Chris is a keen advocate for stakeholder participation and works with a variety of service users and agencies across the health, social care, media, business, technology and third sectors; to work together to help people achieve their full potential.