Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
Professor Chappell FMedSci has an overall responsibility for the Department of Health and Social Care’s research and development, including the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).
She is a Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and an NIHR Senior Investigator.
Chief Scientist, Deputy Directory of HDR UK and Director of the BHF Data Science Centre at BHF Data Science Centre
Professor Cathie Sudlow is Chief Scientist and Deputy Director of Health Data Research UK, the UK’s institute for health data science and Director of the British Heart Foundation Data Science Centre, which aims to improve the public’s cardiovascular health through the power of large-scale data and advanced analytics across the UK and beyond. She is also Chair of Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh.
As a neurology specialist doctor, Cathie’s clinical work has focused mainly on the assessment and treatment of patients with suspected stroke.
Cathie’s research interests have always been embedded in the world of big data. For the last 15 years, her focus has been on leading large-scale, collaborative, open-science initiatives that enable a better understanding of the causes and consequences of health and disease across the life course, leading to new and improved approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
From 2011 to 2019, she led efforts to follow the health of UK Biobank participants through linkage to national health datasets and, during 2020-2021, worked with NHS Digital (now NHS England) to develop the first trusted research environment to hold and enable access for research to linked health data from multiple sources for the whole population of England.
She is fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was awarded an OBE for services to medical research in 2020.