Our Scientific Advisory Panel
he Scientific Advisory Panel was established to advise the Board of Trustees
on the development of Pharmacy Research UK’s research grant giving strategy
and policies. It also provides an independent review of proposals for research funding and makes recommendations to the Trustees for the allocation of research funds.
In addition, the Scientific Advisory Panel oversees the processes for timely monitoring and reporting of funded research activity. The Terms of Reference for the Scientific Advisory Panel and Conflicts of Interest Policy are available to download.
Professor Adam Todd (Chair)
Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health
Adam Todd is a Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health, and Deputy Head of the School of Pharmacy at Newcastle University. He is a qualified pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at Durham University where he held the roles of MPharm Programme Director, Director of Education, and Deputy Director of the Centre of Health and Inequalities Research (CHIR).
Adam is actively involved in delivering the MPharm Programme at Newcastle; he approaches pharmacy education in an integrated way, and combines both science and practice elements in his teaching. Using this integrated approach, Adam has published two international books focusing on antibacterial and anticancer therapeutics.
Sylvia D Bailey
Sylvia D Bailey has a background in primary care management in Walsall and Birmingham, and served as a Non-Executive Director on the Walsall Manor Health Authority and Walsall Community Health Council. She has been a Lay Governor of a Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Mental Health) and is a board member of Healthwatch Walsall. She has also co-ordinated the setup of patient focus groups with a keen interest in health care delivery and embracing diversity and equality.
Since retiring she has become Chair of her own practice’s patient group, and became a member of the Walsall Patient and Public Liaison Group (PPLG). She is involved with various health research reviewing panels including The School for Primary Care Research Funding Panel, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), and, as a cancer survivor herself, Cancer Research UK.
Through her experience of being a patient, Sylvia has seen the huge role that Pharmacy plays in any patient journey. As part of the PRUK Scientific Advisory Panel she is looking forward to ensuring patient outcomes, patient benefit, and crucially that patient and public involvement are at the heart of the relevant research proposals. As a lay member of the panel she is eager to work collaboratively with the academic members of the panel to give a diverse perspective to the proposal reviews.
I am a parent of two school aged children and a frequent user of local pharmacy services for both advice about my families help and medicines. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 13 years ago and arthritis a few years later. I used to be a scientist and have worked at both Cancer Research UK and Cambridge University.
Due to long term illness I decided to become a stay at home parent but wanted to keep my mind active and maintain my interest in science so I became involved in health research. I have over seven years of patient involvement in research experience and am currently involved in over thirty medical projects or committees all over England and Wales. I have been involved in pharmacy research studies including one looking at the role of pharmacists in an urgent care setting.
I am a lay member on a number of grant funding panels including Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB), The NIHR Health Technology Assessment Panel, the All Wales Research Panel (AWRP) and also the RfPBB in Wales. My main interests are making sure that patients understand study information sheets, reviewing grant applications and helping academic researchers write clear grant applications or study proposals.
I see my role on the committee as providing PRUK with a patient perspective on pharmacy research and grant applications and am happy to advise any researchers on patient involvement in their studies.
Dr Douglas Steinke
Senior Lecturer of Pharmacoepidemiology, University of Manchester
Dr Steinke is a pharmacoepidemiologist and health services researcher at the University of Manchester’s Division of Pharmacy and Optometry. Dr Steinke studied pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, Canada and practiced in many different areas of pharmacy before becoming a researcher. After completing an MSc in Epidemiology and Community Health at Queen’s University, Canada, he moved to Dundee, Scotland to complete a PhD in Pharmacoepidemiology. Douglas has worked at NHS Scotland Information Services before entering academia at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, USA. He moved to the University of Manchester as a Senior Lecturer. He teaches on the MPharm and postgraduate programme, supervises PhD students and undertakes research in chronic disease drug epidemiology.
Professor Kristian Pollock
Professor of Medical Sociology
Kristian is Professor of Medical Sociology at the Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care (NCARE). She studied social anthropology at the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge, and completed a PGCHE at Keele University in 2007. She has carried qualitative research in a wide range of health service settings, often involving sensitive topics and vulnerable populations and has experience of undertaking observation, interviews, focus groups, and case studies as well as mixed methods research.
Kristian’s research interests centre on the study of death in society, including public attitudes towards, and patient experience of, death and dying, place of death, Advance Care Planning, medicines management and dementia. She is also interested in communication between patients and health professionals in medical consultations.
Dr Heather Barry
Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
Heather is a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at Queen’s University Belfast. She is a qualified pharmacist registered with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Heather is a health services researcher whose research focuses on rational prescribing and medicines management for older people, particularly those with dementia and frailty, in primary care settings. She has significant experience of utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research and is an Editorial Board member of the journal BMC Health Services Research.
Dr Amanj Kurdi
Senior Lecturer in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacy Practice
Amanj is a clinical pharmacist by training. His research interest is pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Utilisation Research in cardiovascular, diabetes and antibiotics areas as well as adherence/persistence to medications using secondary database analysis and patient level data through applying various statistical and analytical techniques. He is also interested in Health service research and evaluating the impacts of health policies and clinical guidelines.
Professor Katherine Payne
Professor of Health Economics
Katherine’s current research focus involves using and developing quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand the economic value of health care interventions with a specific interest in precision medicine and genomic technologies. She has had a key role in multi-disciplinary research programmes and projects with funding from MRC, NIHR, Department of Health and Charities (Versus Arthritis and Cancer Research UK). She was the lead economist on a number of large MRC-funded consortia looking at using targeted approaches (developing prescribing algorithms) for biologics and other medicines (for lupus, psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis). Other work includes applied ‘NIHR’ funded projects involving generating ‘early’ economic evidence (NIHR i4i) and translating research into patient benefit (NIHR: HTA; PGfAR; RfPB; HS-DR). She has worked on several EU-funded grants as the UK-workpackage economics lead. Katherine is one of the three Manchester co-applicants on the Research Design Service (tender 3) proposal and line manage frontline advisors.