Established in 2016, the digital ECMT is within Professor Caroline Dive’s Centre for Cancer Biomarker Sciences at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, part of The University of Manchester. We have a multidisciplinary team with expertise to connect patients, clinical teams, technology and science. These include business analysis, clinical informatics, clinical trial conduct, software/enterprise systems, patient engagement and communications. We are fortunate to have experts from The University of Manchester’s Research IT department as team members.

  • Dónal Landers Director

    Dónal Landers Director

    Senior Director Physician with my main specialty in Pharmaceutical Medicine. I hold an MBA and studied Computer Science. I have over 25 years of experience and achievement in clinical practice, healthcare/pharma consulting, and delivering health informatics solutions. Strong general commercial and business experience with involvement in multiple start-ups, including my own business. I currently hold a dual industry/academic role.

    I am driven by delivering innovative solutions that give patients a stronger voice and role in the clinical decision making process – empowering patients and driving better clinical decisions!

  • Andre Freitas Artificial Intelligence Group Leader

    Andre Freitas Artificial Intelligence Group Leader

    I am AI group leader at the digital ECMT and a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester.  My work at the digital ECMT targets the development of safe, explainable, and ethical AI systems to support the development of novel biomarkers and improve clinical decision making.  My main area of research is on the development of new neural and symbolic AI models for delivering efficient and explainable inference in different application domains.

  • Leanna Goodwin Research Practitioner

    Leanna Goodwin Research Practitioner

    I have a strong professional background in qualitative research along with extensive experience in Phase 1 oncology clinical trials, as well as an MRes in Experimental Medicine (Cancer).

    My focus is on facilitating the entire clinical trials process. This involves coordinating all trial-related activities at site, including identifying potential participants, and undertaking key trial assessments. I am passionate about working closely with patients to transform their role within clinical research.

  • Donna Graham Technology Clinical Trials Team Leader

    Donna Graham Technology Clinical Trials Team Leader

    I am a Medical Oncology consultant with the Experimental Cancer Medicine Team and serve as clinical lead on the Technology Clinical Trials team in digital ECMT and Research Digital Programme Board in The Christie Hospital in Manchester. I have a decade of experience in cancer clinical trials with a focus on early phase research and, more recently, use of technology for patient benefit.

    I am an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester, Manchester Lead on the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMC) North Digital Committee in the UK and a work package lead in the international UpSMART Consortium, investigating and promoting use of technology in Early Phase Oncology Trials. I am driven to improve patient outcomes and experience through adoption of technology supported by evidence through the technology clinical trial.

  • Paul Fitzpatrick Senior Architect

    Paul Fitzpatrick Senior Architect

    I work with talented people to bring technology solutions to research challenges. My experience is across industries with a focus on significant collaborations in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology teams.

    We have access to leading technology and my role is to work out how best use it. The opportunity to bring creative digital solutions into cancer research is a personal and professional privilege. My goal is to make a positive difference to everyone involved in the early stage of cancer medicines development.

  • Jason Swift Pharma Innovation

    Jason Swift Pharma Innovation

    Scientific IT leader with 22 years’ experience within the Pharmaceutical industry. Delivery of scientific software solutions, projects, programmes and build of scientific IT and informatics capabilities from early Research through to Clinical development. My whole career has had a focus on solving information challenges within innovation and science driven organisations.

    I am passionate about the impact Informatics and IT can have on the patient.

  • Julie Stevenson Senior Business Analyst

    Julie Stevenson Senior Business Analyst

    Strong background in science with an BA in chemistry, an MSc in bioinformatics, a D. Phil in bioinorganic chemistry and post-doctoral experience in cellular and molecular biology.  Worked as a bioinformation for a drug discovery company before joining a scientific software consultancy where transitioned from a role in software development to business analysis.  Have experience of working with both the public and private sector, having worked closely with teams within the NHS and pharmaceutical companies.

    I will work with people who are involved in clinical trials to gather and understand their requirements and translate them into solutions which meet their needs.

  • Laura Stephenson Programme Manager

    Laura Stephenson Programme Manager

    I have over 15 years of experience leading complex projects within healthcare environments including the NHS, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries. I have specific expertise in toxicology, oncology drug development and cancer services within the NHS.

    I am a committed and enthusiastic individual who will strive to ensure we work as a team to deliver projects which add real value to patients to improve their outcomes.

  • Leanne Ogden Clinical Research Fellow in Nephrology

    Leanne Ogden Clinical Research Fellow in Nephrology

    Following the completion of my medical degree at the University of Newcastle I have worked in clinical medicine for the past 8 years, more latterly specialising within the field of nephrology.  In 2017 I joined the DigitalECMT team specifically within the Nephro-oncology project to explore the interface between the two specialities and ultimately improve care and outcomes for kidney patients with cancer.  This project is innovative and has the potential to make a real difference to patients. I feel excited and privileged to be part of it.

  • Ciara Dwan Digital ECMT Project Manager

    Ciara Dwan Digital ECMT Project Manager

    I am a qualified management accountant with 16 years’ experience working in Finance and IT within the Pharmaceutical industry. I have led the operational management for a variety of complex and diverse IT teams which included, strategy, planning, portfolio and project management, finance, and governance.

    I am motivated by making a difference and driving successful outcomes.  As Project Manager for the research portfolio, I am driven to deliver impactful projects, that solve clinical problems, empower patients, and improve patient outcomes.

  • Akshita Patil UpSMART Accelerator Project Manager

    Akshita Patil UpSMART Accelerator Project Manager

    I have a scientific background in biomedical engineering and completed my PhD in Tissue Injury and Repair. I have worked in healthcare equity research and managed an NIHR in vitro diagnostics programme, collaborating with the NHS and industry (SMEs) on large multidisciplinary research projects.

    I aim to successfully manage the delivery of the UpSMART Accelerator Programme and have a positive impact on those involved in early phase cancer clinical trials.

  • Jenny Ward Research Co-ordinator

    Jenny Ward Research Co-ordinator

    I have over 30 years of experience in Administrative and Project roles, including HR, Business Development and Scientific Project Co-ordination.

    I am committed to the digitalECMT team and the patients we focus upon, collaborating with others whilst displaying initiative, self-reliance and a tenacious approach to problem solving.

  • Richard Hoskins Infrastructure Analyst

    Richard Hoskins Infrastructure Analyst

    I deliver the infrastructure that the digital ECMT applications are built upon. This involves close collaboration with Data Scientists, Business Analysts and Clinicians to understand patient and medical needs. We aim to provide innovative solutions in a secure, compliant and reliable manner. Through enhanced visualisations of clinical data, and the application of digital science, we hope to provide tools that enable enhanced decision making and patient benefit.

    I have over 20 years’ experience delivering data driven applications in different sectors. This is underpinned by a strong academic background in the fields of mathematics, statistics and engineering, and a great deal of enthusiasm.

    (Research IT, The University of Manchester)

  • Paul O’Regan Clinical Informatician

    Paul O’Regan Clinical Informatician

    I have over fifteen years’ experience of biological research, specialising in the application of bioinformatics to extract value from large, multidimensional datasets. I have worked across academic, government and pharmaceutical sectors, and have a strong understanding of drug discovery processes and clinical trials governance. I am driven by a desire to help discover new medicines, in particular through the application of technology and the analysis of big data.

    I am here to understand your research questions, to ensure efficient deployment of software to support your study, and to look for opportunities to develop new tools to add value to your research data.

  • Oskar Wysocki Research Data Scientist

    Oskar Wysocki Research Data Scientist

    Data scientist with a strong background in engineering with BSc in Civil Engineering and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, finishing PhD in Predictive models in machine exploitation. Worked in various fields of research, including medical data analysis, 3D object segmentation, computer vision and optimization for engineering systems. Always fascinated with and oriented towards the application of AI and Machine Learning.

    As a member of digital ECMT and AI Systems Team at the University of Manchester, my goal is to deliver transparent and explainable AI algorithms, which will help you benefit from and trust our innovative digital solutions.

    (AI System, Dept. of Computer Science, The University of Manchester)

  • Catherine McGuire Software Developer

    Catherine McGuire Software Developer

    A Software Engineer in Research IT at the University of Manchester. After obtaining a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics, I have worked in a variety of software development roles in the public and private sector. I am passionate about using technology to make a positive difference. I recently completed a Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineering Specialist) MSc at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I developed machine learning models and investigated their use in decision making in the public sector. I am currently working with digital ECMT to further develop the capabilities of their REACT system, which delivers real time analytics for clinical trials to enable better, earlier decisions that directly benefit patients.

  • Fouziah Butt Business Analyst

    Fouziah Butt Business Analyst

    BSc (Hons) Biochemistry

    Experience within the clinical arena expands across working on clinical trials within a Phase I Clinical Research Organisation (CRO) and translational research in oncology, spanning clinical safety through to exploratory biomarkers driving personalised medicine.

    I will work closely with scientists, clinicians and patients gathering requirements to understand the clinical questions and patient needs transforming them into solutions.  My ultimate aim is to allow clinicians to make faster real time decisions driving forward personalised medicine and ultimately benefitting the patient.

  • Zili Zhou Research Data Scientist

    Zili Zhou Research Data Scientist

    I have experience of machine learning and data scientist for both academic research and industry data analytics projects. After completion the Computer Science Ph.D. degree at University of Technology Sydney, Australia, I joined the University of Manchester Computer Science Department and DigitalECMT team as a machine learning researcher.

    I am here to understand the data analysis scenarios in cutting edge medical research, to provide data analytics and machine learning solutions for research data.

  • Chris Grave Infrastructure Analyst

    Chris Grave Infrastructure Analyst

    I have over 10 years’ experience providing IT support within an higher education background. In recent years I have been working as part of the Research IT Infrastructure team within the University of Manchester, during that time I have helped to administer and provide support to researchers on a number of computational intensive research systems and services including High Performance Computing, data storage, virtual machine provision, and research data management.

    Having worked closely with various research projects and teams in helping to implement and maintain their own bespoke IT infrastructure requirements. I am now part of the digital ECMT helping them meet their aims by supporting and provisioning new and existing services within a cloud environment.

    (Research IT, The University of Manchester)

  • Hannah Frost Clinical Trial Coordinator

    Hannah Frost Clinical Trial Coordinator

    I have a strong scientific background in pharmacology and oncology clinical trials with a BSc (hons) Pharmacology and Physiology and MRes in Experimental Cancer Medicine. My experience spans across patient centred research, translational research, Phase 1 research and radiation research.

    My focus is on supporting projects that can help clinicians to find treatments that work for patients as individuals, and to find solutions that can aide patients to cope with the emotional and physical side effects of clinical trials.

  • Anja Le Blanc Research Software Engineer

    Anja Le Blanc Research Software Engineer

    Anja is a Research Software Engineer for The University of Manchester Research IT. After finishing her Computer Science studies, Anja worked on a multitude of interdisciplinary projects. Currently, Anja works with researchers to adapt their software to run on larger data efficiently, writing bespoke code in suitable languages, and advising on applications.

    (Research IT, The University of Manchester)

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