Centre for Translational Informatics leadership team

Saliha Afzal

Manager of the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) 

Saliha oversees and facilitates all administrative, financial, communication and performance management functions of the NIHR Maudsley BRC to ensure its smooth running and development. She has a PhD in the cellular and molecular biology of ovarian cancer and has managed the Maudsley BRC since 2008. Her previous jobs included roles at Cancer Research UK and at the MRC Neurodegenerative Diseases Brainbank at King’s College London.

Richard Dobson

Richard Dobson

Professor of Medical Informatics at King’s College London and mobile health lead at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

Richard’s research is motivated towards enabling a “panor-omic” view of patients through the integration of genomics data with data derived from patient records, environmental and social exposure, remote monitoring and imaging.  His research has required the extensive use of computational approaches including machine learning, and the creation of software tools, as well as the construction and administration of high performance computing infrastructure, uniquely developed within the NHS.

Stephen Docherty

Stephen Docherty

Chief Information Officer at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Stephen joined South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in November 2014 from the private sector, having previously worked in digital marketing and the games industry.  Prior to this, he spent 11 years in high-tech computer manufacturing, running large departments for Digital Equipment Corporation in Scotland. Stephen’s current focus is on developing and executing the Maudsley’s digital strategy and transforming the workforce, providing real-world digital interventions in mental health and beyond.

Rina Dutta

Clinician Scientist Fellow of the Health Foundation & Academy of Medical Sciences,  at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London

Rina’s research interests include suicide, self-harm, causes of premature mortality, mental and physical comorbidities and the use of datasets and social media for clinical research.  Her current 5-year research programme is e-HOST-IT (Electronic health records to predict Hospitalised Suicide attempts: Targeting Information Technology solutions).   Since 2009 Rina has worked as a consultant Psychiatrist for the National Affective Disorders Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, providing a specialist clinic for health care professionals with mood disorders.

Emma Hollings

Head of Digital Services Program Management Office, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 

Emma has significant experience within the healthcare sector providing program management, information management and performance management.  She is a member of the British Computer Society, combining program management skills with a strategic understanding of the technology.

Matthew Hotopf

Matthew Hotopf

Director of the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) & Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry at King’s College London

Matthew trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in psychiatry at the Maudsley.  His main area of research is in the grey area between medicine and psychiatry, exploring the interaction between mental and physical health.  He has worked extensively in areas where mental health relates to other walks of life – including occupational and military health, mental health law, and the wider community.

Zina Ibrahim

Lecturer in Computer Science for Health Informatics and the Applied Intelligence Lead at the Department of Biostatistics and Health Informatics, King’s College London

Zina’s research interests span several areas of Artificial Intelligence and their application to healthcare, including knowledge representation, machine learning and multi-agent systems. Her main focus lies in consolidating the field’s effectiveness in improving healthcare delivery, e-health and biological knowledge discovery and the realisation of use cases of the learning healthcare systems.

Lucy O'Neill

Lucy O'Neill

Centre for Translational Informatics Project Manager and Business Coordinator at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre 

Lucy project manages the Centre for Translational Informatics and acts as a point of contact for enquiries about the CTI. She has worked at King’s College London since 2012 in a variety of roles, and previously worked as project manager for a medical PR company and the Training and Development Agency for schools. She has a BA in history and is a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner.

Murat Soncul

Head of Information Governance, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and alternate vice-Chair of the Confidentiality Advisory Group at the Health Research Authority

Murat completed clinical training in dentistry and worked as an oral surgeon before completing his PhD in 2002 at University College London researching the reliability of healthcare technology to support oral and maxillofacial surgical planning.  He joined South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in 2003 to co-ordinate the e-Health Programme.  His professional interests include innovative uses of information technology to improve healthcare service delivery and patient experience, fair and lawful use of patient information, privacy and confidentiality, capacity and consent, cyber security and risk management.

Robert Stewart

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Clinical Informatics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London

Rob has been Academic Lead for the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) resource since its inception in 2007, and has overseen its substantial expansion as a data resource since then, through a range of external data linkages and natural language processing applications. Rob leads the Clinical and Population Informatics theme at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and co-directs the Centre for Translational Informatics. His research interests include dementia and late-life mental health, and the interface between physical and mental health.