Professor Jonathan Grigg is one of the UK’s top paediatricians and an international leader in paediatric respiratory research. Since 2003, he has obtained over £11M in research grants as PI and co-applicant from MRC, NIHR, DH and charities. These funds supported air pollution and asthma research with national and international impact. He is the lead paediatrician for government advice on air pollution and children’s health as a member of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution, and provides ad hoc advice on respiratory toxicity to the Committee on Carcinogens. He co-chairs the Royal College of Physicians Committee into “air pollution throughout the life course”. In leading the national paediatric research agenda, he organises all paediatric input into British Thoracic Society’s meetings, and as elected secretary to the Royal College Paediatrics and Child Health’s Academic Board, organises its Annual Meeting. He develops national research priorities in paediatric respiratory medicine as Chair of the British Paediatric Respiratory Society, ex chair and, now member, of the Clinical Study Group (Respiratory) for the Medicines for Children network, NIHR Programme Grant Experts Panel. He leads on paediatric respiratory infection and immunology as elected chair of this group in the European Respiratory Society. Nationally, he evaluates the cost effectiveness of therapies, as the paediatric lead of NICE Appraisal Panel A, and is an RCPCH-appointed expert adviser on asthma therapies to other appraisal panels. Locally, he leads on paediatric non-medicines research in NE London as regional LCRN representative to the national committee, and supports academic training as the RCPCH regional academic advisor.
In August 2014 I finished a PhD with Imperial College, MRC-PHE centre for environment and health, focusing on the effects of personal air pollution. Apart from a background in science, I always had an interest in communicating scientific knowledge. During my PhD I therefore volunteered within science and museum communications for the Medical Research Council, London Science Museum, Medway Science Centre and Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood. I joined the NIHR CLAHRC funded School-based Asthma Project (SAP) in September 2014, for which I am responsible for Outreach and Learning. My role includes recruitment and liaison with currently 50 different partner organisations, of which 24 are schools, others are research organisations, health organisations, and a variety of private companies. In the first year of the project I organised questionnaire sessions in our partner schools with altogether 799 asthmatic secondary school students. A current focus of my work is the content development and testing of workshops and their educational elements, planned as part of a school-based asthma self-management intervention. One element of the planned workshops is an asthma game for which the final development and wider dissemination (both for a board game and a computer game version) are planned for 2016.
Jo is currently working on the Digital Alcohol Management on Demand (DIAMOND) feasibility trial comparing face to face alcohol treatment with supported access to web based treatment for hazardous or harmful drinkers.
Prior to joining the e-Health Unit, I was a Clinical Project Manager involved in the management of a cell therapy trial with Cell Therapy Catapult at Guy’s Hospital. Previously I was a Clinical Trial Agreements Associate at Kings Health Partners Clinical Trial Office and worked at several large pharmaceutical companies as a Clinical Project Manager. I have experience in Phase I to IV clinical trials covering the therapeutic areas of anti-infectives, osteoporosis, oncology, cardiovascular and diabetes. I have a PhD in Biotechnology and BSc Microbiology (Hons).
Fiona is currently working on the Digital Alcohol Management on Demand (DIAMOND) feasibility trial comparing face to face alcohol treatment with supported access to web based treatment for hazardous or harmful drinkers.
I worked as a GP for five years in South London before training in Public Health Medicine. My PhD examined the impact of pay for performance (such as the national Quality & Outcomes Framework) on smoking cessation work in primary care, and alcohol screening and brief intervention, with a focus on inequalities. My current research area is e-Health initiatives to address behaviour change in people with hazardous and harmful alcohol use.
Emma is a non-clinical researcher with a background in computer science and health technologies. She uses systems analysis and qualitative methods to analyse and evaluate sociotechnical innovations in healthcare. She is studying the impact of different forms of training and incentives on the prescribing of anticoagulant drugs for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.
Dr Jessica Sheringham has research interests in questions that have an impact on reducing inequalities in healthcare and access to appropriate healthcare. Her research spans respiratory disease sexual health and cancer, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She is also an honorary consultant in public health at Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE
A clinical psychologist by background, Professor Miranda Wolpert is committed to understanding how best to support and evaluate effective service delivery to promote resilience and meet children and young people’s mental health needs. Her work focuses on improvement and prevention science combined with social entrepreneurship, and includes the development of online, digital and face-to-face tools and training resources for young people, carers and practitioners.
Miranda is Professor in Evidence Based Practice and Research at UCL and Founder and Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU), a service development and academic unit which works to bridge research and practice in child mental health and is part of both UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She is also Co-Founder and Director of the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s wellbeing. Miranda is also Director of the Innovation, Evaluation and Dissemination Programme at Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
In her other roles, Miranda is National Informatics and Data Advisor on Child and Adolescent Mental Health for NHS England, Children and Young People Mental Health Advisor at UCL Partners and co-chairs the Department of Health group on measurement in child mental health. She is also the Mental Health Strand Lead for the Children’s Policy Research Unit which advises Government on research related to policy development.
In 2017, Miranda was awarded an MBE for founding EBPU, co-founding CORC and services to child and adolescent mental health.