Last updated Jan 16, 2019
Professor Cathie Sudlow, Chief Scientist
Professor Cathie Sudlow, a clinician and scientist with a particular interest in understanding the causes and prevention of strokes, is UK Biobank’s Chief Scientist. Cathie is based at the University of Edinburgh, where she is Chair of Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology and, since 2017, Director of the Centre for Medical Informatics in the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics.
Her research focuses on large scale collaborative efforts to determine the causes (genetic, environment and lifestyle) of – and the effects of treatment on – common diseases of middle and older age. She has played a major role in such initiatives: to establish the role of antithrombotic therapy in preventing heart disease and stroke; to investigate differences between stroke subtypes; and to discover genes that influence stroke.
Cathie’s role as Chief Scientist of UK Biobank involves overseeing UK Biobank’s linkages to health records and working with expert groups to ensure that these records are combined in the best way for health-related research on a range of different conditions. The development of algorithms for identifying cases of disease to maximise usefulness of the resource for researchers, and leading developments of a range of other aspects of the resource, including approaches to handling potentially serious incidental findings arising during our imaging study.
Prof Sudlow is PI or co-I on several multi-million pound research awards for population health, stroke and dementia research. She directs the newly established Scottish substantive site of Health Data Research UK and was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2018.