Dr Alex Casson selected for Academy of Medical Sciences' FLIER cohort 3

Dr Alex Casson

Dr Alex Casson, Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has been chosen to join the third round of the Academy of Medical Sciences' highly competitive FLIER programme

FLIER – Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise and Research – is a unique programme developing leaders of the future who can create collaborations across academia, industry, the NHS and government to drive innovation. 

So far, 35 FLIERs have progressed through the two-year immersive, cross-sector learning experience, and Dr Casson is among 19 participants selected to join the third round of the programme. Participants have been drawn from organisations across the UK life sciences landscape, and this latest round will run from June 2022 to June 2024. 

Dr Casson's research focuses on non-invasive bioelectronic interfaces: the design and application of wearable sensors, and skin-conformal flexible sensors, for human body monitoring and data analysis from highly artefact prone naturalistic situations. 

He is renowned for his work on wearable devices, spanning from hardware for flexible electronics to signal processing and analysing the 100,000-plus wearable accelerometer records in the UK Biobank; and for wearables for non-invasive brain interfacing. Applications of his work include in long COVID, autism, chronic pain, and rehabilitation. 

This immersive leadership programme is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to bring about change in their sphere of work and have ideas about how to work with others to solve problems in health. FLIER gives participants the time to reflect, helps them learn more about good leadership and introduces them to an exceptional group of talented people who help them achieve their vision. 

We are delighted by the progress of the first two cohorts of FLIER. Participants have gone on to achieve amazing success, for example collaborating on large scale studies, setting up start-ups together and creating a strong peer support group. We cannot wait to see what the new cohort of FLIER participants go on to achieve. 

Prof Paul Stewart, Vice-President (Clinical) of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Chair of the FLIER taskforce

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