Dylan Kneale

Dylan completed an ESRC-funded PhD at the Institute of Education (UCL) examining transitions to parenthood and a Postdoctoral Fellowship examining housing transitions, both using birth cohort data. Prior to returning to the IOE in late 2014, he was Head of Policy and Research at Relate (a charity specialising in the delivery of counselling and promotion of mental wellbeing) and Head of Research at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK), a think-tank exploring the implications of an ageing society. At the IOE, his research broadly involves synthesising evidence for social policy and developing methods to enhance the use of evidence in decision-making, including exploring the potential of large datasets in informing social policy. Substantively he is interested in issues encompassing demography, public health and social exclusion.

Prof James Thomas

James Thomas is Professor of Social Research & Policy and Assistant Director for Health and Wellbeing at the Institute of Education. He directs the EPPI-Centre’s Systematic Review Facility for the Department of Health, England, which undertakes systematic reviews across a range of policy areas to support the department. He specialises in developing methods for research synthesis, in particular for qualitative and mixed methods reviews and in using emerging information technologies such as text mining in research.

Dr Elena Pizzo

Elena is a Senior Health Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Padua University, a Master degree in Economics and Management of Health Care Services from Ferrara University and a first degree in Economics from Padua University.

Prior to coming to UCL she was a Research Associate at the Imperial College Business School, working on the economic evaluation of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Northwest London.

She previously held a research post at the Department of Economics, Ferrara University, where she collaborated to a multi-year research project and undertook an economic evaluation of a Regional Colorectal Cancer Screening Program.

Sachin Vadgama

Sachin is a Health Economist in the Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) at UCL. He holds a Masters in International Health Policy and Health Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham. Sachin has worked in the area of health economics since 2014 for multinational pharmaceutical companies, consultancies and academia. Prior to his appointment at UCL, Sachin was a Health Economist at QuintilesIMS, a health care consultancy. His primary focus was on performing health economic evaluation of novel treatments and devices, using economic modelling techniques in the areas of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sachin’s current research is evaluating the ‘real-world’ cost-effectiveness and adoption of novel innovation of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working which may help patients stay well and monitor their conditions themselves as part of the NHS innovation test bed of NE London.

Dr Rachel Muir

Rachel Muir is a CLAHRC HEE NCEL post-doctoral Fellow and the Senior Matron for the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at UCLH. Her clinical background is in Critical Care, Accident and Emergency and Clinical Research, and she has a PhD in Social Sciences. Rachel is interested in knowledge mobilisation, arts based participatory methodologies, and patient experience in clinical trials. Rachel was awarded an international travel scholarship by the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2013/2014 to visit Harvard, Toronto, and McGill in Canada to learn from innovative participatory projects to improve patient experience, and she is currently developing applications for post-doctoral funding as part of her CLAHRC HEE NCEL fellowship.