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The following research areas have been identified as the main areas of expertise at IHI. Expand the accordions to find out more about the research and the experts involved.

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

Addressing the barriers to translating machine learning algorithms into patient benefit, with a particular focus on data-scarce learning and dataset drift on structured time-series EHR datasets.

Who to contact:
Dr Xi Bai
Mr Alex Handy 
Mr Thomas Keen
Dr Ken (Kezhi) Li
Dr Watjana (Waty) Lilaonitkul
Dr Farhad Shokraneh
Dr Johan Thygesen
Dr Minhong Wang
Dr Honghan Wu

Care Homes

Integrating electronic health records with diverse data sources (omics, qualitative research) to improve the management of infection across health and social care settings.

Who to contact: 
Dr Maria Krutikov
Prof Laura Shallcross

Child Health Informatics

Utilising routine and administrative data to understand the health of children and families, and evaluate policy impact.

Who to contact: 
Dr Ruth Blackburn
Dr Zhiqiang Huo
Dr Alvina Lai

Clinical Decision Support

Developing knowledge-driven models by deploying AI algorithms and natural language processing techniques to achieve dermatology triage based on GPs' referrals.

Who to contact: 
Dr Zhiqiang Huo
Dr Ken (Kezhi) Li
Dr Watjana (Waty) Lilaonitkul
Dr Tom Lumbers
Dr Anoop Shah
Dr Minhong Wang

Covid-19

Who to contact:
Prof Amitava Banerjee
Dr Maria Krutikov
Prof Laura Shallcross
Ms Sophie Weber

Data Linkage

Who to contact:
Dr Ruth Blackburn

Digital Transformation

Who to contact:
Dr Ken (Kezhi) Li
Dr Watjana (Waty) Lilaonitkul
Dr Tom Lumbers

Drug Development

Working on an ontology enrichment project to predict drug targets based on existing knowledge graphs.

Who to contact:
Dr Watjana (Waty) Lilaonitkul

Electronic Health Records

Who to contact:
Prof Rob Aldridge
Prof Folkert Asselbergs
Dr Ruth Blackburn
Mr Alex Handy
Dr Maria Krutikov
Dr Alvina Lai
Dr Watjana (Waty) Lilaonitkul
Dr Tom Lumbers
Dr Anoop Shah
Prof Laura Shallcross
Dr Johan Thygesen
Dr Ana Torralbo 
Dr Minhong Wang

Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the systematic study of the distribution, trends and causes of disease within populations, and can also encompass the study of disease prevention and control that applies epidemiological methods.

Who to contact:
Prof Rob Aldridge
Dr Xi Bai
Dr Ruth Blackburn
Dr Yamina Boukari
Mr Alex Handy
Dr Maria Krutikov
Dr Alvina Lai
Prof Laura Shallcross
Dr Farhad Shokraneh
Ms Sophie Weber

Evidence Synthesis

Who to contact:
Dr Farhad Shokraneh

Genomics

Who to contact:
Prof Folkert Asselbergs
Dr Tom Lumbers
Dr Johan Thygese
Dr Minhong Wang

Information Governance / Public Trust

Who to contact:
Dr Ruth Blackburn

Interoperability / Standards / Clinical Data Models

Who to contact:
Dr Watjana (Waty) Lilaonitkul
Dr Vaclav Papez
Dr Anoop Shah

Migrant Health / Health Inequality / DIgital Health

Studying the health of migrants, including their healthcare utilisation and outcomes.

Who to contact: 
Prof Amitava Banerjee
Dr Yamina Boukari
Dr Mel Ramasawmy
Dr Honghan Wu

Patient and Public Engagement

Aiming to equitably improve the health of the public through the application of data science and public health research.

Who to contact: 
Dr Ruth Blackburn
Prof Rob Aldridge
Dr Alvina Lai
Professor Laura Shallcross

Phenomics

Who to contact:
Dr Xi Bai
Dr Ruth Blackburn
Mr Alex Handy
Dr Alvina Lai
Dr Ken (Kezhi) Li
Dr Watjana (Waty) Lilaonitkul
Dr Tom Lumbers
Dr Anoop Shah
Prof Laura Shallcross
Dr Johan Thygesen
Dr Minhong Wang
Dr Honghan Wu

Precision Medicine

Who to contact:
Prof Folkert Asselbergs
Mr Alex Handy 
Dr Alvina Lai
Dr Ken (Kezhi) Li
Dr Watjana (Waty) Lilaonitkul
Dr Tom Lumbers
Prof Laura Shallcross
Dr Honghan Wu

Public Health

Public health has been defined as 'the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.' Reducing unjust and avoidable inequalities in health is also a core element of public health. It encompasses and draws on a broad range of related disciplines including epidemiology and statistics, evaluation and applied health research, sociology, health economics and policy.

Who to contact:
Prof Rob Aldridge
Dr Ruth Blackburn
Dr Yamina Boukari
Dr Maria Krutikov
Dr Alvina Lai
Prof Laura Shallcross
Dr Farhad Shokraneh

Dr Ana Torralbo 
Dr Honghan Wu

Risk Modelling / Risk Prediction

Who to contact:
Mr Alex Handy
Dr Alvina Lai
Dr Ken (Kezhi) Li
Dr Watjana (Waty) Lilaonitkul
Prof Laura Shallcross
Dr Johan Thygesen

Software Development

Who to contact:
Dr Xi Bai
Mr Alex Handy
Dr Ken (Kezhi) Li
Dr Watjana (Waty) Lilaonitkul
Dr Vaclav Papez

Statistical Genetics

Who to contact:
Mr Alex Handy 
Dr Alvina Lai
Dr Johan Thygesen