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Professor Subhash Pokhrel Professor Subhash Pokhrel
Head of Department - Health Sciences
Subhash is a professor of health economics and the Head of Department of Health Sciences and the Lead of the Health Economics Research Group (HERG). Subhash's research has contributed to several public health policies. The suite of NICE Public Health ROI Tools – which provided the basis for many public health investment decisions in England - was informed by the work on tobacco control led by Subhash. The ROI tools are practical, customisable models to help make real-world decisions in context of local government decision-making. Economic arguments are needed to make the business case for public health investments. Subhash led the roll out of ROI work to several European nations through a €2 million multi-centre European Commission funded study, EQUIPT. He has been the coordinator of a large scale inter-disciplinary collaboration of national and international expertise. Subhash is the lead author of a book, ROI in Public Health Policy: Supporting Decision Making (Palgrave Macmillan). Subhash’s work in public health research has been as diverse as the discipline itself – from developing a household decision making pathway for child health care in low- and middle income countries (LMICs) to quantifying the economic impact of breastfeeding promotion in industrialised countries; from evaluating health insurance for its population health impact in LMICs to finding out what interventions improve physical activity globally. Subhash is intrigued by the following question: In LMICs and industrialised countries, what works to improve population health outcomes and at what cost? Google Profile Orcid Profile ResearchGate BURA Profile MSc Public Health and Health Promotion (Brunel University London) MSc Genomic Medicine (Imperial College London): Module Lead for Economic Evaluation in Human Genomics Supervision: PhD in health economics PhD in public health and health promotion The following is a list of indicative topic areas for potential PhD students: Return on Investment modelling in global public health Cross-context Transferability of evidence Understanding pathways from health behaviour change (e.g. stopping to smoke) to QALYs and cost-savings ‘Stakeholder engagement’ as an integral part of research designs: methodological and empirical investigations in public health applications Potential candidates are encouraged to approach Subhash on Subhash.Pokhrel@brunel.ac.uk or 01895 268745. They are also encouraged to read more information about research degrees at HERG.

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Professor Nana Anokye Professor Nana Anokye
Divisional Lead / Professor - Health Economics
Nana is the Director of Division of Global Public Health at the Department of Health Sciences within the College of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. Nana's work on Economics of Physical Activity has been used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to formulate three national public health guidelines on exercise referral schemes, and brief advice for adults in primary care. He has quantified how time and money prices influence behaviour change. Having won the Walduck Prize for Research Impact, Nana’s work further secured prestigious UK Department of Health funding to conduct the first ever English general population survey on the economics of physical activity. His interests in public health are wide-ranging. How primary care can improve health outcomes; whether financial incentives improve maternal and child health; and what the link between shopping vouchers and breastfeeding may be, are some of the public health questions Nana is keen to answer. As an ardent gym goer himself, his quest for knowledge led him to investigate whether physical activity was any more independent from sedentary behaviour. Nana is Chair of ISPAH LMIC Council and a member of the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) College of Experts. As Institute of Leadership and Management certified coach and mentor and a former broadcast journalist, Nana is passionate about communicating research and supporting research careers through podcasts – the Research Life, which he co-founded with colleagues. Nana has a PhD in Health Economics (Brunel), an MSc in Environmental Resources Management from Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany) and, a BA in Economics and Sociology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana). Google Profile ResearchGate Orcid LinkedIn Nana’s research is an integral part of the Economics of Public Health work programme at HERG. His research interest covers addressing methodological challenges in understanding why (and how) people make decisions on behaviour change, with a view to informing the design of public health interventions and methods for assessing the value for money of such interventions. His work has involved collaborations with public health professionals, clinicians and health service researchers at Universities of Sydney, Sao Paolo, Exeter, Oxford, Sheffield, St. George’s, London, the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), and policy makers at National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and Department of Health. Google Profile ResearchGate Orcid LinkedIn Nana is the Module Lead (Dissertations) and Coordinator of Academic Development Workshops for Msc Public Health and Health Promotion. He teaches costing in economic evaluation for: MSc Genomic Medicine (Imperial College London): Economic Evaluation in Human Genomics; Short course in Economic Evaluation in Health Care, Brunel University London Nana has taught at all stages of education including the primary, secondary, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional (including public health practitioners, health economists, and clinicians) levels. He has taught in both UK and overseas (Africa).
Dr Neil OConnell Dr Neil OConnell
Reader - Physiotherapy
Neil is a Reader in the Physiotherapy Division of the Department of Clinical Sciences. He divides his time between teaching and research and previously worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist. Neil's research interests focus on the evidence based management of persistent pain and he has published extensively in this area. He also leads and teaches modules on clinical research methods and evidence based practice for pre- and post-graduate clinicians. Neil is the Co-ordinating editor for the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care (PaPaS) group and is on the editorial board on the Journal of Pain. He was a member of the Guideline Development Group for the UK's National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2016 clinical guideline on the management of low back pain and sciatica and was a specialist committee member for the NICE Quality Standard on that topic. Neil's main research interest is in persistent pain, with a specific focus on evaluating the effectiveness of clinical interventions for people in pain. He is also interested in methodological aspects of evidence synthesis. Teaching Responsibilities: Neil teaches accross a number of programmes, inclusing the BSc Physiotherapy, MSc (pre-reg) Physiotherapy, MSc Neurorehabilitation and MSc Physician Associate programmes. Neil currently leads modules at both post graduate and undergraduate levels. These include a Masters level module "Principles and practice of evidence based healthcare" and an undergraduate module "Research Methods". He also teaches on all modules relating to musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Dr Anastasia Anagnostou Dr Anastasia Anagnostou
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
Dr Anastasia Anagnostou is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London and the co-lead of the Modelling & Simulation Group (MSG). She is also member of the Intelligent Data Analytics (IDA) Group. She holds a PhD in Distributed Modelling & Simulation, an MSc in Telemedicine and e-Health Systems and a BSc(Hons) in Electronic Engineering. Her research interests lie in the areas of Advanced Computing Infrastructures for Modelling and Simulation, Open Science for Simulation, Hybrid Distributed Simulation and Modelling and Simulation for Healthcare and Industrial Applications. Since 2011, she has been involved in several interdisciplinary research projects with stakeholders from industry and academia across manufacturing, healthcare, defence and food supply chains. She has also worked in Africa helping to develop digital infrastructures and collaborative services enabling open science. She is co-chair for the OR Society’s Simulation Workshop (SW21) and member of organising committees for international conferences sponsored by the IEEE and ACM/SIGSIM. She has been awarded Horizon 2020 funding for a 9.5 million Euro project (Brunel contribution €370K) entitled “Demonstration of intelligent decision support for pandemic crisis prediction and management within and across European borders” (STAMINA). CS2005 Networks and Operating Systems (Module Leader) CS2001 Level 2 Group Project CS2555 Work Placement CS3004 Network Computing CS3072-3605 Computer Science/Business Computing Final-Year Projects CS5601 Enterprise Modelling (Module reviewer) I also taught: Introduction to Programming, Business Analysis and Process Modelling, Systems Project Management, ERP Systems Theory and Practise, ERP Systems Deployment and Configuration and SAP ERP Integration of Business Processes Certification Course (TERP-10).
Mr Matthew Glover Mr Matthew Glover
Lecturer (Education) in Health Economics
Matt is a health economist with experience in both academia and consultancy. He joined the Health Economics Research Group at Brunel University London in 2010, specialising in the methods and application of economic evaluation in healthcare, before moving to a London health economics consultancy in 2016. He has been involved in several clinical trial study teams as part of collaborations with the research and development department at Papworth NHS Trust and the Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge (TOMADO, ASTER, AMAZE, and Ministern) as well as with the University of Warwick (SARAH). Matt has paricular research interests in the evaluation of abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programmes and decision modelling in this context, most recently as Co-investigator on an NIHR HTA grant (Screening Women for Aneurysms [SWAN]). He has also provided input to the external assessment of industry submissions for NICE, as part of their medical technologies evaluation He currently holds a part-time Research Fellow position at the University of Surrey, with current projects including EU Horizon 2020 and NIHR funded research in Diabetes (iHealth, BEATDiabetes) and care home staffing and quality (STARQ) and supports the Kent/Surrey Research Design Service. He has supported teaching at Brunel through short courses, health economics lectures on PG courses and development of materials for the online Master's in Public Health and Health Promotion, as well as contributing to the Imperial College London Master's in Genomic Medicine, before taking up a Lecturer (Education) in Health Economics role in July 2020. Economic evaluation alongside clinical trials and modelling AAA screening programmes MSc Public Health and Health Promotion (Brunel University London) MSc Genomic Medicine (Imperial College London)
Mr Amrit Banstola Mr Amrit Banstola
Research Assistant - Health Economics
Amrit Banstola is a Researcher in the Health Economics Research Group (HERG) at the Department of Health Sciences. Amrit mainly works for the NIHR ARC Northwest London project working closely with community health providers, local healthcare trusts, clinical commissioning groups, public health departments and other partners. Amrit leads or contributes to research activities in health economics and public health together with other health economists of HERG and the academic staff of the Department of Primary Care and Public Health of Imperial College London as part of the ARC project. Amrit also provides health economics support to monthly evaluation seminars provided to the ARC team in partnership with Innovation and Evaluation Theme (one of the seven themes of ARC NWL). He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Imperial College London. Amrit also provides teaching support to Brunel’s Global Public Health courses particularly MSc Public Health and Health Promotion and contributes to the HERG Short courses. Before joining Brunel, Amrit was working on the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Nepal Injury Research supporting health economics across all projects at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Amrit has a particular research interest in health economics aspects of public health interventions. Amrit is an Associate Editor in Frontiers in Public Health (Health Economics) and has reviewed several international peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet Global Health, the BMJ, European Journal of Public Health, BMC Health Services Research, Systematic Reviews, and SAGE Open among others. Amrit is a member of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) and the UK Health Economists' Study Group (HESG). Amrit is also a Global Burden of Disease Health Financing Collaborator, contributing to the longstanding and evolving health financing research at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).​ Health Economics Economic Evaluations Global Public Health Injury Prevention Multimorbidity (multiple long-term conditions)
 Martin Buxton Martin Buxton
Professor Of Health Economics
Qualifications: BA (Soc Sci), Professor (1980-2014), Emeritus Professor (2014-) Martin Buxton, Emeritus Professor of Health Economics and founder of Brunel's Health Economics Research Group. He has over 30 years experience in the methods and practice of economic evaluation in health care and has been involved in a large number of studies including: international drug trials, evaluations of national programmes for heart and liver transplantation, screening for breast cancer and abdominal aortic aneurysms, evaluation of pilot projects such as the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) at Hammersmith Hospital, assessments of the impact of medical audit and other organisational changes. He has been a member of the Appraisal Committee of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and has advised most of the major pharmaceutical companies.
Professor Stephen Hanney Professor Stephen Hanney
Honorary Professor - Health Sciences
Emeritus Prof Steve Hanney has a PhD from Brunel University. He has spent over 35 years researching a range of topics, including: how to assess the impact, payback or benefits from health research; the use of research in policymaking; and how best to organise health research systems to maximise impacts and improve health and health systems. With Professor Martin Buxton he developed the HERG Payback Framework which they, and others, have applied to assess the impact of a range of health research programmes in the UK funded by the public sector and by medical research charities. Steve has collaborated on, or advised, studies applying the Payback Framework to health research in many countries, including: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, and USA. This stream of research also involved collaborations that produced the series of Medical Research: What's it Worth studies showing the high rate of return on UK public and charitably-funded research in fields such as CVD, cancer & musculoskeletal disease. Building on the assessment of research impact, Steve also focused on ways to strengthen health research systems. He led studies examining both the benefits of healthcare organisations being research active, and how to reduce time lags between early research and health gains, including during the pandemic. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organization, including in the early 2000s helping to develop the WHO framework for analysing health research systems, in relation to preparation for the World Health Report, 2013 on the role of health research systems in improving health systems, and most recently on how to strengthen National Health Research Systems. From 2007-16 he co-edited the WHO-founded journal Health Research Policy and Systems. Assessing payback or impacts from health R&D; the use of research to inform policymaking; the organisation and evaluation of health research systems.
Professor Douglas Coyle Professor Douglas Coyle
Honorary Professor - Health Sciences
Doug Coyle is a health economist and Professor in both the Health Economics Research Group at Brunel University and the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Doug obtained his PhD from Brunel University. He was previously based at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York.Doug has taught graduate courses in health economics for the past eighteen years and has supervised many MSc and PhD students. As well as being a health economics researcher, Doug has been actively involved in the decision making process through his membership of the Committee to Evaluate Drugs in Ontario which has led him to focus on the development of applied, policy-oriented economic models. His particular methodological area of interest is in the analysis of uncertainty and variability within the context of applied economic evaluation.
Ms Teresa Jones Ms Teresa Jones
Honorary Research Fellow
Qualifications: BSc (Biochemistry), MSc (Information Science) Teresa has developed a particular interest in bibliometric techniques and research evaluation. Her work has predominantly formed part of the methodological development theme within the “Analysis of ‘Payback’ from Research” project. She initially took up a NHS Research Fellowship at HERG to examine the outputs from research with some element of NHS funding. She has spent much of her time working on a project funded by the MRC Methodology Programme investigating the categorisation of citations across many generations of citing papers to trace the wider impacts of research. This involved the development of a new methodology which was applied to research in the area of psychiatry and neuroscience. In addition she was part of the team examining the available evidence on engagement of research and improved performance in healthcare organisations. Teresa was part of the team examining the wider impacts of research funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) in Australia. This work involved the use of the ‘Payback Framework’ that had been previously developed at HERG and has been widely used internationally to evaluate the wider impacts of research. Other research projects that Teresa has been part of include the HTA funded systematic review examining the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of drug treatments for neuropathic pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. At present Teresa is part of the large multinational team involved in the EQUIPT project that is being led by HERG. Teresa is also a member of the See-Impact team focusing on stakeholder engagement in promoting the impact of research through a prospective analysis of the EQUIPT project. The evaluation of research and the use of bibliometric techniques. The translation of research findings into clinical practice.
 Bryony Soper Bryony Soper Dr Bryony Soper initially trained and practiced as a dental surgeon and was also an honorary demonstrator and practice tutor with University College London and the London Dental Schools. She later read PPE at Oxford University and became an administrator at SW Thames Regional Health Authority. Then from 1989-96 she was a health management consultant at Price Waterhouse, and from 1991-96 was seconded to the Department of Health to play a key role as Assistant Secretary in helping to build the new NHS R&D Programme. Since 1996 Bryony has been an independent health research consultant, and has worked increasingly with HERG and with RAND Europe. She is an Honorary Professor at HERG and is involved in particular in the Payback stream of work where she draws on her extensive experience of both the health system and the health research system. Her research interests include evaluating developments in the health research system and quality improvement initiatives, and she has recently been co-applicant on a successful HERG-led application to the NIHR SDO Programme to conduct an evidence synthesis on whether engagement in research improves performance at various levels within the healthcare system.