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.

Antony Parker

Technical Programme Manager for the Centre for Translational Informatics (CTI)

Antony is responsible for maintaining and developing the Partnerships governance. He has an outstanding background in Partnership management winning six National Awards in Partnership working and Shared Services. Over 12 years in the Public sector with Kent County Council delivering innovative solutions for Central Government, Social care and the Health sector, onboarding Kent Police, Kent Universities and 3 NHS Trusts. A further 26 years in Private sector IT covering International Software development, Chemicals industry, Finance & Legal sectors, and Global Logistics. A Prince2 Practitioner, Shared Services Practitioner, P30 and ITIL qualified.

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.

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.

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.

Mathias Michaluk

Systems Engineer for the Centre for Translational Informatics (CTI)

Mathias is responsible for the technical implementation of CTI solutions.

A background in IT Infrastructure working for both the Private and Public sectors: including several Managed Service Providers, NHS Great Ormond Street Hospital and the National Probation Service.

Mathias holds various IT certifications including: Microsoft (Azure, Windows Server, Exchange), VMWare, Cisco, Citrix and ITIL.

Mathias’ role is to deploy, monitor and maintain the Cloud solutions for the various projects while in Research stage, preparing for and assisting in Operational handover. He is also assisting in designing, building and testing of service resilience and disaster recovery procedures.

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.

Johnny Downs

Lead for CTI Adolescent Informatics themes.

A NIHR Clinician Scientist at the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, KCL and an Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). Peggy Pollak Fellow in Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry, Dept of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, King’s College London. MRC Research Training Fellow Kings Collage London.

His work within the Centre for Translation Informatics has focused on developing and embedding web portals to enhance patient reported outcomes collection within an NHS infrastructure. He co-leads, with Dr Zina Ibrahim, the myHealthe system a patient portal developed with SLaM and KCL colleagues from Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Health Informatics, SLaM Clinical and Digital Services. He is currently the Principle investigator on a pragmatic trial to evaluate myHealthe within SLaM.

Stuart MacLellan

Director of Digital Innovation and Technology, SLaM

Stuart is a driven Digital Leader working at South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Trust as the Director of Digital Innovation and Technology. He has a passion for driving innovation and has led SLaM to be the first NHS Trust to adopt public services in the Cloud.

Stuart had the privilege to be part of “Cohort One” of the NHS Digital Academy and hopes to be able to utilise this learning in the CTI. He is an advocate of delivering collaborative working solutions and recognises that it is an exciting time in Healthcare and the CTI is pivotal in delivering innovation through from research to impacting the lives of customer of the services at SLaM.