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Research for Patient Benefit - London Regional Advisory Committee


01 January 2019


1.0 - June 2022


NIHR Research for Patient Benefit is a national funding programme that funds research on a regional level through eight Regional Advisory Committees. Each region has a local committee chair and members, and patient or public members.

Regional chair

Chris Gale is Chair of the London Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members





Mrs Jacqueline Birks NIHR OXBRC Senior Medical Statistician  University of Oxford  Statistics,Clinical trials; Cardiovascular,Mental health,Metabolic and endocrine,Musculoskeletal Neurological,Renal and urogenital,Reproductive health and childbirth,Stroke
Dr Thomas Booth Consultant Neuroradiologist Kings College Hospital Quantitative and Qualitative Clinical Trials, Health Service Research, Secondary Analysis, Neurological, Stroke, Machine Learning
Miss Eva Broeckelmann Public Member  -  -
Mr Martin Carroll Public Member  -  -
Dr Julia Chisholm Consultant Paediatric and Adolescent Oncologist Royal Marsden Hospital Speciality: International trials leadership in paediatric and adolescent soft tissue sarcoma. Current Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute Children’s Research Group. Interest in service development
Professor Francesco D'Aiuto Professor UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital Observational/interventional trials aimed at oral health promotion and management of common oral diseases; in particular randomised clinical trials linking oral with systemic health outcomes
Ms Mikaela Davies Public member  - Mental health, women’s health, back pain, disabilities relating to mobility and access to care, palliative care in the home
Dr Anna De Simoni GP and Clinical Lecturer Queen Mary University of London Health science expertise and categories of specialist knowledge: Health services research - General Practice - Qualitative research - Behavioural - General Practice - Clinical Trials - Cardiovascular - Mental Health - Respiratory - Stroke - Generic Health Relevance
Dr Martina Di Simplicio Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry Imperial College London Psychiatry, mental health, behaviour, neuroimaging, design and evaluation of experimental medicine studies, proof of concept and feasibility studies, clinical trials, digital tools
Dr Johnny Downs NIHR Clinician Scientist King's College London Child and adolescent psychiatric epidemiology mental health informatics
Dr Philip Kinghorn Senior Research Fellow University of Birmingham Philip is a Health Economist with interest in assessing and valuing outcomes for inclusion in economic analysis, including outcomes relating to palliative and social care.
Professor Hemant Kocher Professor of Liver and Pancreas Surgery Queen Mary, University of London Surgery (speciality liver and pancreas), surgical innovations, clinical trials, statistics, epidemiology, tissue banking, cancer, oral and gastrointestinal, intellectual property
Dr Rachel Phillips Senior Lecturer Queen Mary University of London  Statistics, Clinical Trials
Dr Mariana Pinto da Costa  Consultant Psychiatrist, Senior Lecturer  King's College London  Expertise in mental health services research, systematic reviews, development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions, co-production, clinical trials, mixed methods and qualitative research
Dr Katie Sheehan Lecturer King's College London health services research, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, hip fracture, frailty
Professor Christina Victor Professor of gerontology and Public Health Brunel University Ageing, gerontology, qualitative research, social care, health, inequalities, exercise interventions, service evaluation falls, dementia, ethics and governance, public engagement
Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine