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North London team at UCL
Professor Michael King, Joint Lead
Michael completed his medical studies in New Zealand before coming to the United Kingdom to undertake a vocational training in general practice at the Hammersmith Hospital. He then moved to the Maudsley Hospital to train in psychiatry and later trained in psychiatric epidemiology at the General Practice Research Unit in the Institute of Psychiatry under the leadership of the late Professor Michael Shepherd. Thus, much of his research focuses on primary mental health care. Michael is interested in how GPs recognise and manage mental health problems and the epidemiology of such problems in primary care populations.  Michael has particular expertise in the methodology of randomised trials of complex interventions in primary and secondary care.  He also has research and clinical interests in cognitive behaviour therapy and in sexual medicine. 

He took up a senior lecturer post in the Department of Academic Psychiatry at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1989 and eventually became head of department.  He joined UCL when the Royal Free School of Medicine became a part of UCL in 1998.
Professor Irwin Nazareth, Joint Lead
Irwin started working at the UCL in 1990 as a Sir Jules Thorne Research Fellow and then as a MRC funded fellow.  He was appointed Senior Lecturer in 1995 and Professor in 2002 at UCL. He was seconded to be the Director of the MRC General Practice Research Framework from 2005 to 2012. He has a wide range of clinical research interests and has over the years obtained funding from the MRC, the Wellcome Trust, BUPA and the National Institute of Health Research for translational clinical research activities.

His international research interests extend to current research on depression in Europe funded by the European Commission V Framework, Quality of Life Programme and primary care research in deprived areas of the Eastern Cape of South Africa supported by the British Council and the Sir Halley Stewart Charitable Trust and collaboration with India on the evaluation of chronic diseases in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine and Public Health Foundation of India.

He is a part time general practitioner at a RCGP Investigator led research practice, the Keats Group Practice in Hampstead which has a focus on research.


Dr Nathan Davies, Qualitative Methods Advisor
Nathan's main research interest is in the field of dementia care, and in particular the advanced stages and end of life. He has an interest on the impact dementia has on family carers, writing several papers on this topic in leading palliative and dementia care journals. He currently leads a research team at UCL focusing on palliative and end of life care for people with dementia. He has secured funding from various funders, including: Marie Curie, The Alzheimer’s Society, and NIHR School for Primary Care Research. Nathan’s expertise lie in qualitative methods including experience in co-design methods and extensive experience of Patient and Public Involvement.

Dr Katherine Hopkins, Research Advisor
Katy has a BSc and PhD in Psychology from the University of Reading, the topic of her PhD research was anxiety in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a broad knowledge of experimental methodology, particularly in the behavioural sciences and has experience of teaching and mentoring students and professionals in research methods and data analysis. Katy also has extensive experience of teaching typically developing and developmentally disabled children of all ages and of working with adults with acquired brain injuries. Her primary research interests are in the areas of developmental disabilities and child and adolescent mental health, in particular the development and testing of mental health care interventions for those with disabilities and the improved integration of and access to appropriate education, social, physical and mental healthcare for children and adolescents with disabilities and mental health problems. 

Dr Laura Horsfall, Research Advisor
Laura’s academic background is in Genetics (BSc), Health Services Research (MSc) and Molecular Epidemiology (PhD). She spent a number of years working in the science industry as a molecular biologist, biotechnology industry analyst and most recently as a consultant for a company providing health economics/patient reported outcomes services to the pharmaceutical industry. She is interested in the role of biomarkers (serum molecules and genes) for predicting disease risk and drug response in the primary care setting. She has a wide range of methodological experience. 

Rachael Hunter, Health Economics Advisor
Rachael is the senior health economist in the department of Primary Care and Population Health at UCL and for PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit. Her work focuses on providing design and analysis expertise on economic evaluations of complex interventions and health care policy. She has particular interest in the health economics of mental health, intellectual disabilities, primary care and criminal justice. 

Dr Greta Rait, Research Advisor
Greta is a clinical academic with a background in general practice. She works with RDs and also with PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit. As part of her role she works with trial teams in developing their methodology. She also has a background in epidemiology including using primary care datasets for epidemiological research. She is currently a Reader at UCL and Interim Co-Director of Priment CTU.

Dr Fiona Stevenson, Qualitative Methods Advisor
Fiona is a Reader in Medical Sociology and experienced qualitative researcher committed to delivering high quality research, education and teaching.  She co-developed and co-facilitates a successful MSc module on qualitative research methods in health and an undergraduate module on social theory.  She is Co-Director of the eHealth Unit at UCL. She has a particular interest in eHealth, however her research spans a range of clinical areas and is encompassed by the themes of construction of decision making about medical care, the impact of complex interventions, technology and treatment adherence on communication between health care professionals and patients, and patient and public involvement in medical research and education.

Jane Wilcock, Research Advisor
Jane is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Aging Population Studies in the Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health at University College London. Her main research interests are in dementia, ageing, health care delivery, emergent technologies and trials of complex interventions in primary care and community settings. As a mixed methodology researcher Jane has a breadth of knowledge and experience of study designs including designing and managing RCT’s, interview and focus group studies, process and service evaluations. She managed the NIHR research programme EVIDEM (RP-PG-0606-1005) and is course Tutor on the UCL course Qualitative Research Methods in Health.


Siris Karadia, Administrator

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