Data Advisory Board

The Data Advisory Board advises us on the development and delivery of our Research Data Strategy.

Through this strategy, we aim to realise the potential of the cancer research data that we fund through improved data sharing and data science approaches. Together we will create a research data ecosystem that best serves cancer research for the benefit of patients and the public.

    Remit of the board

    This board is a group of international experts who bring a unique perspective on oncology data science, including trends and advances. They help us to consider the unique role that Cancer Research UK can play in this space with advice spanning a wide range of topics and activities relevant to our work in research data, such as:

    • current and future data programmes and funding streams
    • computing and infrastructure
    • research data findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability
    • training, careers and research capacity to carry out quality data science
    • patient and public involvement and engagement
    • therapeutic translation
    • community and culture
    • sustainability, including environmental
    • equality, diversity and inclusion

    Members of the board

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    Bissan Al-Lazikani

    Professor of Genomic Medicine
    Director of Therapeutics Data Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

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    Hugo Aerts

    Director of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Program, Harvard University
    Associate Professor, Harvard University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Brigham Hospital, USA
    Full Professor, Maastricht University, Netherlands

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    Chris Carrigan

    Patient Representative
    Expert Data Adviser, use MY data

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    Michael Chapman

    Director of Research and Clinical Trials, NHS England

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    Michael Cuthbert

    Director, UK National Quantum Computing Centre

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    David Ford

    Professor of Informatics and Director of Population Data Science, Swansea University
    Lead, SAIL Databank
    Director, Administrative Data Research UK’s Centre for Wales

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    Chris Holmes

    Professor of Biostatistics, University of Oxford

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    Debbie Keatley

    Patient Member, Cancer Research UK’s Clinical Research Committee and Experimental Medicine Expert Review Panel
    Member, Health Data Research UK’s Public Advisory Board

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    Martin Levermore

    Founder and Chief Executive, MDTi
    Commercial Advisor, PIONEER
    Non-Executive Director and Chair of Digital, Implementation and Research, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
    Senior Association, Royal Society of Medicine
    Visiting Professor for Health, Education and Life Sciences, Birmingham City University
    UK Home Office Independent Person to advise on the Windrush Compensation Scheme

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    Parker Moss

    Executive Vice President Corporate Development, Exscientia
    Non-Executive Director, Cancer Research Horizons

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    Michael Parker

    Ethox Centre Director and Professor of Bioethics, University of Oxford
    Ethics Lead, Our Future Health

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    Cathie Sudlow

    Director, British Heart Foundation Data Science Centre
    Chief Scientist and Deputy Director, Health Data Research UK
    Professor of Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh
    Honorary Consultant Neurologist, NHS Lothian (acute stroke service)

    Data-driven cancer research conference

    Join us on 27-28 February, 2024 for our inaugural data-driven cancer research conference to celebrate the potential of cancer research data to drive discovery and innovation.