3 December 2024 In-person, BMA House, London Driving real-world impact from health research

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Cathie Sudlow

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.

Cathie was recently interviewed on the BBC’s ‘The Life Scientific Podcast’ and mentioned that “there is no room for Prima Donna’s in science”, listen to the full podcast here.

Prof. Lucy Chappell

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.

Stéphane Maikovsky

Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), LifeArc

Stéphane Maikovsky is the Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at LifeArc, succeeding Dr Melanie Lee who stepped down from the role in September 2023.

Stéphane joined LifeArc as Chief Financial Officer and Trustee in June 2022. He heads up the Finance, Investment, Early Ventures, Information Technology and Operational Effectiveness teams.

Stéphane was previously CFO at the Francis Crick Institute, where his responsibilities included financial strategy, financial planning and operations, strategic and commercial partnerships, sourcing, grants management, risk management and the oversight of facilities and infrastructure.

He has held a number of senior financial, commercial and strategic roles in global biotechnology and business. Stéphane is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA, CGMA), has an LLM in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc in Business Administration from North eastern University.

Clare Terlouw

Head of LifeArc Ventures

Clare Terlouw is Head of LifeArc Ventures, responsible for LifeArc’s portfolio of direct and LP investments across the life sciences sector. The venture investment fund focuses on early stage life sciences companies at seed to Series A, with significant follow-on investment reserved for successful portfolio companies.

Clare has significant expertise in funding innovative life sciences companies in the private and public markets. She was previously Head of Corporate Development at Syncona Investment Management Ltd, a FTSE250 healthcare investment trust which builds and invests in life science companies, and has more than 15 years of biotech and healthcare financing experience as a UK investment banker at Nomura, Numis Securities and Peel Hunt. Clare was a physiotherapist in Canada prior to moving into finance.

Clare is a board member of the UK Biotechnology Industry Association and director of a number of venture-backed companies.


Dr. Aaliya Goyal

General Practitioner, Occupational Health Doctor and Nationally elected RCGP Council Member

Dr. Abimbola Ayorinde

Assistant Professor (Research-Focused)

Warwick Medical School

Prof. Allyson Pollock

Clinical Professor of Public Health

Newcastle University

Anna Ramsay

Senior Research Programmes Lead

Health Foundation’s REAL Centre (Research and Economics Analysis for the Long term)

Dr. Anne River

Assistant Director Insight and Evaluation

National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR)

Arlene Gallagher

Senior Analytical Manager

The Health Foundation

Ashley McKimm


BMJ Innovations

Prof. Axel Kaehne

Professor of Health Services Research, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care and Director of the Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit

Edge Hill

Prof. Azeem Majeed

Professor of Primary Care and Public Health

Imperial College London

Dr. Ben Goodair

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Social Policy and Intervention

University of Oxford

Dr. Bryan Jones

Senior Improvement Fellow

The Health Foundation

Candace Imison

Deputy Director of Dissemination and Knowledge Mobilisation

NIHR Coordinating Centre

Catherine Gilmore

Senior Investment Manager - Health

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Dr. Catriona Manville

Director of Research Policy

Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

Dr Catriona Crombie

Head of Rare Disease Research


Dr. Charitini Stavropoulou

Reader in Health Services Research and Co-director of Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research

City University of London

Dr. Charlotte Simms


Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Chloe Berg

Medical Student

University of Warwick

Prof. Chris Holmes

Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Statistics

University of Oxford

Dr. Daniela Rodriguez

Research Leader

RAND Europe

Elena Ahmed

Research Officer

Diabetes UK

Dr. Elizabeth Robertson

Director of Research

Diabetes UK

Ellen Weber


BMJ Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ)

Dr Elliott Haut

Editor in Chief, Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open (TSACO)

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Emma Doble

Patient Editor


Eric Thomas


BMJ Quality & Safety

Dr. Fiona Glen

Programme Director

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Ganesan Karthikeyan


BMJ Open Heart

Prof. Gillian Leng

Dean of Education

Royal Society of Medicine

Dr. Hardeep Aiden

Research Manager

The Health Foundation

Prof. Harry Scarbrough

Professor in Information Systems and Management and Co-director of Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research

City University of London

Dr Helen Surana

Associate Editor

BMJ Innovations

Dr. Helen Macdonald



Prof. Helen Chatterjee

Genetics, Evolution & Environment,

University College London

Hollie Panther

Lay Research Panel Member

Alopecia UK

Ilias Zapantis

Director of Discovery


Prof. James Wilsdon

Co-Founder and Executive Director


Jinali Mahyavanshi



Dr. Jocalyn Clark

International Editor


Dr Jocelyn LeBlanc

Research Impact Lead

Diabetes UK

Jonathan Grant

Founding Director

Different Angles Ltd

Dr. Jordan Moxey

Science Programme Manager


Dr. Justine Karpusheff

Assistant Director of Research

The Health Foundation

Dr Kamran Abbasi

Editor in Chief


Prof. Karen Luyt

Professor in Neonatal Medicine

University of Bristol

Kate Allison

Project Manager, Q Community

The Health Foundation

Kathryn Marszalek

Senior Analytical Manager

The Health Foundation

Kristina Parry

Innovation Launchpad Manager

Innovation Launchpad Network+

Prof. Lilian Miles

Professor of Sustainability and Social Enterprise

University of Westminster

Dr. Linda Thomson

Senior Research Fellow in Health Disparities

University College London

Dr Madina Kara

Director of Research and Innovation

Fight for Sight

Manisha Bolina

Senior Partnerships Manager

BMJ Impact Analytics

Dr. Mariam Sood

Senior Data Scientist

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Dr. Matthew Hill

Head of Insight, Evaluation and Research, Q Community

The Health Foundation

Dr. Natasha Ratcliffe

Patient Engagement Specialist

Independent Consultant

Prof. Neena Modi

Professor of Neonatal Medicine and Faculty of Medicine Vice-Dean

Imperial College London

Dr. Neha Sharma


Aarogyam UK

Nick Bird

Chair of Trustees

Solving Kids Cancer

Nonhlanhla Mkumbuzi

Deputy Editor

British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM)

Dr. Per Olav Vandvik


MAGIC Evidence Ecosystem Foundation

Dr Pete Osborne


Innovation Launchpad Network+

Prof. Philip Clarke

Professor of Health Economics & Director of the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC)

University of Oxford

Preeti Sud

Director of Strategy and Innovation

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Rhiannon Barker

Department of Public Health, Environments and Society

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Ruth Cousens

Co-Founder and CEO

THIS Labs Ltd

Sam Minter

Marketing Executive


Sarah Rae

Co-Chief Investigator

Inclusion Panel Member

Prof. Sarah Hawkes

Professor of Global Public Health

University College London

Sarah O'Brien

PhD Student, Author and Co-production Consultant

Bridges Self-Management

Shanti Raman


BMJ Paediatrics Open

Shaun Leamon

Research Manager

The Health Foundation

Dr. Shivani Misra

Senior Clinical Lecturer

Imperial College London

Dr. Stella Hornby

Clinical Director of Ophthalmology and Consultant Ophthalmologist

Oxford Eye Hospital

Dr. Sufyan Hussain

Consultant Diabetologist

Guy's and St Thomas Hospital

Vanessa Kortekaas

Communications & Strategic Partnerships

UNFPA London