Professor Iain Buchan (MD FFPH) - personal details
Role: Professor of Public Health Informatics and Director of NIBHI
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5160
1.311 Jean McFarlane Building
1.311 Jean McFarlane Building
Fax: +44 (0)161 275 5205
Iain's background is in Medicine, and alongside medical training he worked extensively in Statistics and Informatics. During undergraduate studies in Medicine and Pharmacology in the late 1980s he wrote statistical software for clinical researchers - this grew into www.statsdirect.com, which now has around 15,000 users world-wide. As a junior doctor, he developed software to support care pathways between primary and secondary care and studied clinical knowledge management and decision support problems. In the mid-90s he moved from clinical and research roles in Liverpool to a combination of research and specialist medical training roles in Cambridge, where he continued Health Informatics research, completed a doctoral thesis on computational statistics and completed specialist training in Public Health. In 2003 he returned to England’s Northwest Region to found a new area of research in Public Health Informatics at the University of Manchester. To date at Manchester he has generated around £25M of research activity and he now leads an interdisciplinary institute of around 45 people across the four Faculties of the University, based mainly in Community Based Medicine and Computer Science. The group produces not only scientific papers but also software (see www.youtube.com/user/NIBHI1) to support research and provide the NHS with advanced computational tools for direct patient and public benefit.
Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies
Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health
Level III Member of the Council for Health Informatics Professions
Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society
FFPH, Faculty of Public Health, 2006
CCST, General Medical Council 2002
MFPHM, Faculty of Public Health Medicine 2002
MD, University of Liverpool 2000
DPH, University of Cambridge 1999
MB ChB, University of Liverpool 1991
BSc (Hons Pharmacology), University of Liverpool 1989
Iain Buchan is a Clinical Professor in Public Health Informatics, Director of the Northwest Institute for Bio-Health Informatics, Chief Scientific Officer of North West e-Health, and an Honorary Consultant in English Public Health Service. He also has advisory roles in Health Informatics and Public Health with UK, EU and global research and policy organisations, and industry.
Doctoral training 'college' in Public Health Informatics and Advanced Epidemiology. I supervise around five PhD students concurrently, and promote cohort-based, trans-disciplinary research training for both academic and professional leadership.
Masters level training in: Public Health and Advanced Computer Science courses.
Undergraduate medical education: Creating resources for Biostatistics and Epidemiology learning; supervising research projects.
- Professional training: Academic supervision of Public Health professionals in training; Contribution to continuing professional development courses in Public Health Intelligence.