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Research for Patient Benefit - London Regional Advisory Committee



NIHR Research for Patient Benefit is a national funding programme that funds research on a regional level through eight Regional Advisory Committees. Each region has a local committee chair and members, and patient or public members.

Regional chair

Professor Brian Davidson is Chair of the London Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members

Name Position Organisation Expertise
Dr Julie Barber  Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics University College London Design and analysis of randomised trials (including parallel, cluster, cross-over) and observational studies across a variety of clinical areas
Dr Lindsay Bearne Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy King's College London Chartered Physiotherapist. Mixed methods research portfolio including qualitative, quantitative methods and systematic reviews. Research focus on long term painful conditions including musculoskeletal and vascular conditions
Miss Eva Broeckelmann Public Member    
Dr Catey Bunce Reader in Medical Statistics King's College London Applied medical statistics particularly in ophthalmology and emergency medicine. Systematic reviews and meta analysis. Randomised Controlled Clinical Trials
Dr Marta Buszewicz Senior Lecturer in Primary Care
University College London
General practice and psychiatry, depression, anxiety, medically unexplained symptoms, clinical trials, qualitative studies
Mr Martin Carroll Public Member
Ms Mikaela Davies
Public member   Mental health, women’s health, back pain, disabilities relating to mobility and access to care, palliative care in the home
Dr Martina Di Simplicio
Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry Imperial College London
Psychiatry, mental health, behaviour, neuroimaging, design and evaluation of experimental medicine studies, proof of concept and feasibility studies, clinical trials, digital tools
Dr Johnny Downs
NIHR Clinician Scientist King's College London
Child and adolescent psychiatric epidemiology mental health informatics
Dr Chris Gale Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Medicine
Imperial College London
Neonatal care, clinical trials, use of electronic health record data, newborn nutrition and body composition, long term impact of early life factors
Dr Channa Jayasena Clinical Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Endocrinology
Imperial College London 
Endocrinology, Reproductive Medicine, obesity, andrology, pathology, clinical trials, intellectual property
Professor Hemant Kocher
Professor of Liver and Pancreas Surgery
Queen Mary, University of London
Surgery (speciality liver and pancreas), surgical innovations, clinical trials, statistics, epidemiology, tissue banking, cancer, oral and gastrointestinal, intellectual property
Dr Ramon Luengo-Fernandez
University Research Lecturer (Health Economics)
University of Oxford Cost-effectiveness analysis, trials, observational studies, health care costs
Professor Nicola Pavese Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Neurologist Imperial College London Neuroimaging in neurodegenerative disorders, neuroinflammation, and management of patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and essential tremor treated with Deep Brain Stimulation and Botulinum toxin
Dr Mark Pennington Senior Lecturer, health economics
King's College London
Health economics, trials, observational data economic modelling, patient data, evidence review and synthesis, NICE technology assessment
Dr Victoria Serra-Sastre
Senior Lecturer
City University London
Uptake and diffusion of medical technologies, hospital competition, adaptation to health states and the impact of economic shocks on health outcomes
Dr Cath Taylor
University of Surrey
Teamwork in delivery of healthcare; mental health of healthcare workers; mixed methods, evaluation of complex interventions
Professor Shakila Thangaratinam
Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health
Queen Mary University of London
Multi centre clinical trials, Diagnostic studies, Prognostic studies with prediction modelling, Aggregate and Individual Patient Data (IPD) meta-analysis, Delphi survey, development of core outcome sets. Areas of interest: Obesity, Diabetes, Epilepsy in pregnancy, Pre-eclampsia, Global maternal and neonatal health
Professor Christina Victor Professor of gerontology and Public Health
Brunel University Ageing, gerontology, qualitative research, social care, health, inequalities, exercise interventions, service evaluation falls, dementia, ethics and governance, public engagement