As a result of his work at The University of Manchester, former director of the Health eResearch Centre and current head of healthcare at Microsoft, Prof. Iain Buchan has been selected for one of the research community’s highest honours.
As Senior Investigator for the NHS’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Prof. Buchan will provide research leadership and join a specially selected group of leading scientists offering advice to the Department of Health’s Chief Scientific Adviser.
NIHR Senior Investigators are chosen in an annual competition that considers the nominee’s research expertise, its relevance to patients and public and the impact of their research on healthcare. The decision to appoint Buchan cements his place as one of the leading minds in the health technology sector.
Prof. Buchan said: “I am delighted to have been selected as NIHR Senior Investigator, bridging world-leading AI innovation at Microsoft Research in Cambridge with NIHR’s international leadership in healthcare research. The award will further enhance the close partnership I have with colleagues at The University of Manchester.
It is heartening to see how the city has embedded informatics into the heart of its health capabilities and the impact this is now having in terms of lives saved. This is particularly evident in the Connected Health Cities programme, as well as the underpinning work delivered by the MRC Health eResearch Centre for the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre and the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre.”