Professor Iain Buchan
Iain Buchan is Chair in Public Health and Clinical Informatics and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Innovation at the University of Liverpool. He is a leading researcher and innovator at the interface of public health and data science, and most recently led delivery of world first evidence on SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen testing in Covid-19 responses and the first post-lockdown re-opening of live music events in the Northern Hemisphere with the Events Research Programme: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/coronavirus/research-and-analysis/covid-smart-pilot/. Previously, he grew the UK’s largest health informatics research team at Manchester. He has developed popular scientific, engineering, and social approaches to health data, including the #DataSavesLives movement, and led multi-disciplinary research centres including https://www.herc.ac.uk for national programmes. He holds qualifications in pharmacology, clinical medicine, public health, statistics and informatics. He has been driving digital innovation projects for over 30 years and wrote widely used statistical software. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and drove new methods before they became popular, including causal machine learning in epidemiology, research objects, learning health systems and digital twin / health avatar. Public health challenges drive Iain’s research – he has published in areas such as inequalities, obesity, and now pandemic resilience. He conceived civic data cooperatives and worked with colleagues to realise the first in Liverpool – accelerated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic as the award winning CIPHA (https://www.cipha.nhs.uk) system.