Introducing our Speakers
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Dr John Barbur
Dr John Barbur, Consultant Diabetes Specialist, combines fundamental vision science with applied and clinical research, which underpins a long record of research achievement and wider impact. Work on camouflage for the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment led to insights into the processing of luminance and colour signals that have important applications in colour vision assessment. New research instrumentation and measurement techniques have led to new methods for investigating mesopic vision, instrumentation for pupillometry, eye movements, spatial and chromatic vision, and also the effects of scattered light in the eye. The P_SCAN system makes binocular measurements of pupil size and eye-movements and has been used throughout the world for two decades. The P_SCAN system enabled the discovery of new components of the pupil response that require the processing of stimulus attributes such as colour or motion in central areas of the visual cortex. The system made possible studies on ‘Blindsight’, many of which were carried out with MRC support. These studies led to the formation of the Centre for Applied Vision Research (CAVR) at City University.
As a Fulbright Scholar, John worked as a Visiting Professor at the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, N.Y. This work led to studies of mesopic vision supported by DTI (scales for the mesopic range), the EU (Mesopic Optimization of Visual Efficiency) and the DfT (medical aspects of fitness to drive). This was followed by EPSRC grants on “Minimizing Glare in Lighting Installations” and “Mesopic Optimization of Residential Street Lighting”. These studies supported the development of several Advanced Vision and Optometric Tests (AVOT), initially for research studies and later for more precise assessment of vision in visually-demanding environments such as aviation and rail transport.
The CAD (Colour Assessment and Diagnosis) is now used throughout the world to assess pilots, air traffic controllers, firefighters, seafarers, police officers and more. The AVOT tests are marketed by a City University spin out company, and have applications within ophthalmology, vision-related clinical trials and visually demanding occupations. Significant laboratory refurbishments carried out during the past few years and sponsorship for projects designed to promote industrial and clinical applications of vision research strengthened the CAVR which is now internationally recognised as a leading centre in visual psychophysics and colour vision studies.
D. Supr Dan Brown
Having joined the MPS in 1997, I have 22 years’ Police service, having worked within Brent and Hackney Boroughs dealing with volume, domestic and commercial crime, before moving to Homicide investigation and Organised crime. I transferred to the Counter Terrorism Command in 2017, I was involved in the Parsons Green terrorist attack investigation, in addition to London Bridge and Westminster Bridge incidents, where I took the role of deputy senior investigating officer.
Dr Anisha Doshi
Dr Anisha Doshi undertook her undergraduate degrees in medicine and neuroscience at University College London. Clinical general medical and neurology training has been completed across central London and Sussex. By taking out of programme research experience as part of her higher specialist training in Neurology, Dr Doshi is currently completing a postgraduate PhD programme under the expertise of Professor Jeremy Chataway at the Queen Square Multiple Sclerosis Centre.
Current research interests include; clinical trials in secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis, cognition in progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and advanced imaging techniques including resting state functional MRI.
Dr Alex Evans
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Dr Ellen Fallows, BMBCh, BA(oxon), MRCGP
Ellen is a GP partner and the Diabetes Lead in her practice in Oxfordshire. Her interest in lifestyle medicine comes from having seen a number of her patients put their chronic diseases into remission with primary care supported lifestyle-change.
With a foundation in evidence-based medicine from Oxford University, she is active in primary care research at her practice, including trials using low carbohydrate/low calorie diets to treat hypertension, obesity and diabetes as part of the DROPLET and DIAMOND studies. She has just started a GP Fellowship to research the effectiveness of group consultations for diabetes care with the support of Professor Fraser Birrell.
Ellen is passionate about improving education in the area of lifestyle medicine both for patients and health care professionals. She is working with her local council and CCG to deliver the aims of “Bicester Health New Town”. As part of this initiative, she has helped deliver large-scale education sessions for patients on the role of exercise and diet in diabetes but also COPD. She is one of the first GPs in her area to start Group Consultations, train a practice “social prescriber” and to support her surgery to become a Park Run practice.
She is working to bring together like-minded health professionals in Oxfordshire to learn about motivating, evidence-based lifestyle interventions. She believes that lifestyle medicine can save GPs from burn-out by empowering all of us to live healthier lives; being part of the BSLM is a great way to spread the word!
Dr Ellen Fallows, GP Partner and Lead GP for Diabetes, Montgomery House Surgery, Bicester
Dr Nicholas Gall
Dr Gall, Consultant Cardiologist qualified in 1993 from Guy's and St Thomas', subsequently training in cardiology in South East Thames. He became a Consultant Cardiologist in 2004, based at King's College Hospital.
He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King's College, London. He is a Cardiologist with a special interest in arrhythmia (palpitations etc) investigation and treatment. He has a particular interest in dizzy spells, blackouts and collapses of uncertain cause, working closely with colleagues in neurology and ENT.
His interest in this area has led on to an interest in autonomic problems (the blood pressure control system) and therefore the management of POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) and IST (inappropriate sinus tachycardia).
Special interests: Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Problems and blackouts/collapses of uncertain cause.
Professor John Harrison
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Dr Sonia Hutton-Taylor
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Dr Rob Lawson FRCGP Dip BSLM/IBLM
Having qualified in Medicine in 1975, Rob has gained extensive experience as a GP in Scotland. His principal interests have been primary and secondary prevention of disease and the speciality of Lifestyle Medicine. As well as leading his NHS team to the highest awards for quality (2003-2013) he founded a charity in 1991 providing weekly activity, relaxation and support in venues around East Lothian for sufferers of long term conditions including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, lung disease and frailty.
He has retired from NHS practice to concentrate on the applications of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare. In 2016 he co-founded the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, a registered charity, to promote the principles of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare professionals and the public.
Dr Emer MacSweeney BSc (Hons), MRCP, FRCR
Dr MacSweeney is CEO and Medical Director of award winning mind and brain clinic Re:Cognition Health. She graduated at the University of London and underwent postgraduate training in medicine at the London postgraduate hospitals. Dr MacSweeney trained in radiology at Hammersmith Hospital and neuroradiology at the National Hospital Queen Square. She was appointed as a Consultant Neuroradiologist and later Director of Neuroradiology at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, St George’s Healthcare Trust, specialising in interventional vascular neuroradiology.
Dr MacSweeney co-founded Re:Cognition Health in 2011 to provide a specialist service in the neurological assessment and imaging of cognitive impairment, neurovascular diseases and traumatic brain injury, including the provision medico-legal expert opinion. The Re:Cognition Health Clinics in London, Birmingham, Essex, Surrey and Plymouth and Washington DC are also major centres for international trials of disease-modifying and new symptomatic drugs for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions. Re:Cognition’s expertise has been recognised with numerous prestigious accolades including EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist 2019 (London and South England) , Health Investor Awards 2019 finalist, LaingBuisson Healthcare Awards for Excellence (finalist or winner; 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018), KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year Winner 2016, the Elipse Personal Injury Award Winner 2015.
John believes that how we think is arguably the most important measure of health. For the past five years, he has been working with leading experts in neurology to raise the understanding of cognition in the workplace and develop propositions on how best to manage it. He is now involved with the team at Cambridge Brain Sciences in Canada.
He was a member of the health group that produced the DWP’s Fuller Working Lives Strategy and he contributed to the digital stream of the Stevenson / Farmer independent review on mental health and employers, ‘Thriving at Work.’
With an extensive background in health and risk management, John has advised a wide variety of stakeholders and successfully helped establish new propositions to improve workplace health. Previously CEO of the UK’s largest third- party employee health administrator, he has supported many clients in the public sector.
Prof. Kevin Sykes
Prof. Kevin Sykes is a pioneer of postgraduate programmes in Weight Management, Exercise and Nutrition Science and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation at the University of Chester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the Higher Education Institute.
Professor Sykes has authored 9 books and over 150 papers in scientific & professional journals. He is an international conference and public speaker, a media columnist, has appeared on numerous international radio and television programmes and has featured as resident expert in weight management, health and fitness filmed for renowned TV stations.
Dr Deepak Ravindran
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Dr Chris Valentine
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Dr Tony Williams
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Dr Zoe Williams
Dr Zoe Williams graduated from Medical school in 2007 and currently practices as an NHS GP in London.
She has a portfolio GP career with multiple non-clinical GP roles, including Public Health England’s national advisor for their national physical activity postgraduate education programme, clinical champion for the RCGP clinical priority of physical activity and lifestyle, and Southwark CCG clinical lead for lifestyle medicine and social prescribing. She is a director and founding member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
Zoe’s ambition has always been to combine her dedication to medicine, her passions for health and fitness as well as succeed in a career in media. She had her first experience in TV when selected, out of thousands, to be Sky 1’s undefeated Gladiator ‘Amazon’ when the TV show ‘Gladiators’ was rebooted in 2009. After completing specialist training Zoe has gone on to become the resident GP on ITV’s popular daytime show ‘This Morning’. She has presented across BBC network, including BBC News broadcast, ‘Horizon’ and ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’. She specializes in debunking the confusing world of medicine, in a warm, down to earth and straightforward manner.
In 2017 Zoe founded the non-profit organization Fit4LifeCIC, who’s aims are to have a positive impact on young people who have the most challenging lives, by helping them to create their own physical activity programmes to improve their health, wellbeing and boost their life aspirations.
Dr Tim Young
Dr Tim Young is a Consultant Neurologist with over a decade’s experience as a headache specialist in London. He also currently works as course tutor for the UCL Clinical Neurology by distance learning MSc/Diploma courses in Queen Square, teaching doctors worldwide. He obtained a BSc in Biomedical Science, then qualified top in Medicine with distinction in 1997, before being awarded his PhD in Neuroscience from Imperial College London in 2009. He still works as a consultant neurologist in London, having fellowships both in clinical work (FRCP) and education (SFHEA), and has given numerous invited lectures and authored many articles, with headaches a key theme.
Almost every day in the UK around 100,000 people miss work or study because of headaches, often without even having a diagnosis, let alone a treatment plan. After seeing so many patients over the years who had not sought help for their migraines for years until their sick leave became excessive, Dr Young sought to help support companies with their care for employees impacted by headaches. This lead to the formation of the company ‘Young Headache Management’ in 2017. The key is to empower dedicated Occupational Health and Wellbeing teams with the specialist knowledge required to further help headache management in the workplace. Such approaches can help affected employees-helping also to reduce sick leave and lost productivity as a result. Options range from simple lectures to more in-depth workshops.