Professors Martin Gibson and Iain Buchan

Researchers are global ambassadors for city

Two of Salford’s leading researchers have been named as Mbassadors – Global Ambassadors for Manchester.

Professors Martin Gibson and Iain Buchan are among 14 high-profile business leaders and academics chosen to use their strong global networks to advance Manchester’s international profile. They will highlight the city and the opportunities it offers through the media, meetings and conferences.

Prof Gibson is a consultant physician specialising in diabetes and lipid disorders at Salford Royal. He is an active clinical trialist and has had a long-term interest in the use of electronic clinical data systems to improve healthcare and facilitate research. He is also Chief Executive Officer of NorthWest EHealth, a not-for-profit NHS and University collaborative that develops easy-to-use software tools for clinicians, scientists and managers to undertake research, audit, commissioning and care. He is Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester and Research and Informatics Director for Greater Manchester AHSN.

Prof Buchan is Professor in Public Health Informatics and leads the Centre for Health Informatics, which he founded, at The University of Manchester. Nationally, he is Director of the MRC Health eResearch Centre of the UK’s Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research. Internationally, he is one of the world’s leading researchers in using big data to improve health and care, and was only the third Briton to be honoured with Fellowship of the American College of Medical Informatics. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of around 60 researchers, who are the UK’s most published group in the field, working not only on making scientific discoveries from health data but also building new tools to empower patients and clinicians to take better decisions – with many projects in Salford, where he is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health. He also conceived the new Connected Health Cities programme due to be launched in March.

See more about the Mbassadors programme here.