Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

Meet our Plenary Lecturers

Professor Emily Jefferson 

Univeristy of Dundee

Professor Emily Jefferson is Chair of Health Data Science and Director of the Health Informatics Centre (HIC) at the University of Dundee and also holds a role at the University of Glasgow. She is the Director of the Alleviate APDP Pain Research Data Hub and HDR Imaging Data Co-lead. Emily leads and collaborates on many HDR UK initiatives including Co-PI on CO-CONNECT, work package lead on the HDR UK Phenomics Portal and the HDR UK Multi-omics Project, and PI on the HDR Scottish Data Federation Project and the HDR UK Biorepository Project.

Emily’s main research interest is in innovative methods for the provision of sensitive linked data at pace and scale which meets both data governance requirements and those of the research community. She as a wide range of interests in Health Data Science. Emily is PI of the MRC PICTURES programme which is has built software and infrastructure for managing routinely collected clinical radiology data linked to health care records for the whole of the Scottish Population. She is work package lead on the ENS@T-HT EU project developing ML methods for stratifying patients with different types of hypertension.

In her role as Director of HIC, Emily leads a team of c.60 providing services to over 700 different research projects over the past 5 years. HIC provides expertise in health informatics, data science, data management, governance, machine learning and AI. She is responsible for an ISO27001 certified Trusted Research Environment. HIC is a member of the HDR UK Alliance.

Emily has a degree in Biochemistry, a PhD in Bioinformatics and was employed as a post-doctoral researcher in Bioinformatics following her PhD. She then left academia to work in the finance sector. In industry she gained extensive experience of using “Big Data” and leading the delivery of large software and hardware projects. Emily then took a career break to solo cycle from New Zealand to the UK over 1 year.

Emily Jefferson Formal

Professor Tim Hales

University of Dundee

Tim Hales graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiology from King’s College London in 1986 and a PhD from the University of Dundee in 1990. He completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of California in Los Angeles and in 1997 was appointed Assistant Professor at the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC where he gained tenure in 2002.  He became Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine and Director of Research in Anesthesiology at GWU in 2006. 

Tim returned to Dundee in 2009 as Professor of Anaesthesia and non-clinical head of the Division of Neuroscience.  He was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2011 and was appointed Associate Dean in the School of Medicine in 2017. His research group studies the mechanisms of action of anaesthetics and opioid analgesics, drugs that modulate neuronal communication through ion channel modulation. Tim’s goal is to improve anaesthesia and analgesia by educating future researchers and anaesthetists and identifying molecular targets responsible for the desirable and detrimental effects of anaesthetics and analgesics. His research has received support from the Wellcome Trust, Tenovus Scotland, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (USA), and the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (UK).

Recently, Tim established the UKRI/Versus Arthritis funded Advanced Pain Discovery Platform Consortium Against Pain Inequality (CAPE). CAPE is a group of researchers and their patient partners examining the impact of adverse childhood experiences on chronic pain and responses to treatment in later life. Tim is also a co-investigator on Alleviate – The APDP Pain Research Data Hub, led by Professor Emily Jefferson.

Professor Tim Hales smiling at the camera



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