Introducing our Speakers
Biographies will continue to be added as information is confirmed
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
Dr Alexander Evans is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Berkshire Independent Hospital in Reading.
Liver disease, General gastroenterology, Viral hepatitis Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Irritable bowel syndrome(IBS), Gastrointestinal cancer, Endoscopy and Colonoscopy, Non-invasive assessment of liver scarring
Dr Alexander Evans graduated from University College London Medical School and was awarded a 1st class BSc in Human Physiology with distinction. He completed specialist training in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and General Internal Medicine in London working at University College Hospital and as a senior specialist registrar on the Liver Transplant unit at The Royal Free Hospital.
He was awarded a PhD from University College London for his research into the mechanisms of liver disease and viral hepatitis at The Institute of Hepatology in London with Prof. Roger Williams CBE and presented his findings at both national and international meetings.
Dr Evans was appointed at The Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in August 2011 and is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The Institute of Hepatology since 2010.
Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)
European Association for the study of Liver Disease (EASL)
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.
Dr Alan Hakim MA FRCP
Based in London, United Kingdom, Dr Hakim is a Consultant Rheumatologist and Associate Professor in Medicine offering a comprehensive service managing rheumatic conditions in those aged 18 years and above. In addition, he has until recently been a Board member in Clinical Commissioning and a Trustee to the UK charity The Hypermobility Syndromes Association.
In 2016 Dr Hakim joined the Medical and Scientific Board, The Ehlers-Danlos Society; also the Steering Committee of the International Consortium affiliated to The Ehlers-Danlos Society; and in July ’18 was appointed their Director of Education; then in August ’19 their Chief Medical Officer. In September ’18 Dr Hakim was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor in Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Dr Sonia Hutton-Taylor
Dr Sonia Hutton-Taylor began her medical career as an ophthalmologist but soon diverted into a unique and independent direction - at the junction of career guidance, occupational health and medical education.
In 1990 she established an independent medical career support service for doctors … the first of its kind - a highly specialised form of coaching before coaching was the buzz word it is today. Loves doing any course (literally - concrete basements anyone?).
Dr Sue Kenneally MBBS MRCGP MSc(NutMed) ANutr
GP partner, Practice 3 Keir Hardie Health Park, Merthyr. Bariatric Physician, Aneurin Bevan Health Board.
• Founder, director and nutrition lead, British Society of Lifestyle Medicine
• SCOPE certified member and Regional Lead, Association for the Study of Obesity
• Member RCGP Nutrition Committee
• Board Member, Welsh Obesity Society
• Advisory Board, Plant Based Health Professionals UK
• Tutor in Obesity and Weight Management, University South Wales
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.
Professor Kevin Sykes PhD, MSc, DASE, CertEd, DPE, FHEA
Professor Sykes retired in 2011 from his full-time position as the University’s Dean of International Development, where he was instrumental in developing collaborative partnerships with universities in many countries, including Europe, USA, China, India, Africa, the Middle and Far East.
PHe was previously Director of the Postgraduate Health Sciences Centre at the University where he inaugurated MSc courses in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, Weight Management and Exercise & Nutrition Science - delivered in Chester, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore and India. In Mumbai, he collaborated with the world renowned Asian Heart Institute’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre to train doctors and other health professionals, in particular from the Maharaja and Delhi regions, in delivery of cardiac rehabilitation services and he formally inaugurated the innovative Dr D.L Hirandandani Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre in Powai. He was also invited to advise government health agencies in the Middle East on delivery of postgraduate courses and service provision in weight management and cardiac rehabilitation.
Professor Sykes has been a member of several Home Office Committees and Working Parties for the UK Police (ACPO), Fire (CFOA), Ambulance and Prison Services and has worked for many years with international fire brigades, police authorities and other corporate organisations to promote occupational health and workplace wellbeing. He was a former member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity, the Westminster Diet and Health Forum, a Trustee of the National Obesity Forum, 2007 Scientific Chair of the British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and has acted as Expert Witness in a number of industrial tribunal disputes.
He is designer and author of the Chester Step Test and the Chester Treadmill Tests – used worldwide in clinical and workplace settings for medico-aerobic fitness assessments - in particular within the UK Fire Service and recommended by the HSE for assessment of commercial divers.
In 2015 he was commissioned to develop an alternative aerobic fitness test for the annual testing of all police officers in England and Wales. In 2017, the Chester Treadmill Police Walk & Run Tests were formally endorsed by the College of Policing and authorised for use by all E&W Forces.
Author of 10 books, including a best-selling Penguin paperback and over 200 academic and professional articles, he is a popular conference speaker and has worked extensively as a radio and television broadcaster. Ongoing freelance projects include development of online postgraduate professional development programmes for healthcare practitioners.
Professor Kevin Sykes
Emeritus Professor of Occupational Health and Workplace Fitness
University of Chester, Chester, UK
Dr Deepak Ravindran
Dr Ravindran is the lead for Pain Medicine at the Royal Berkshire and the lead Pain consultant for the award winning community spinal and pain service (IPASS) Dr Ravindran brings a very high level of training and experience to the important task of patient care. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, and a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Prior to taking up his current Consultant’s post, Dr Ravindran studied for his advanced fellowship in Pain Medicine at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, and University College London. Dr Ravindran completed his early medical training at one of India’s most prestigious teaching hospitals, the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research. Dr Ravindran stays up to date with latest developments in his field, as a Member of the British Pain Society, the World Institute of Pain and the British institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine. He is one of the few interventional fellowship trained pain physicians (FIPP) in the UK as well as dual certified in MSK Medicine.
Today, his areas of special clinical expertise include treatment of neck and back pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and cancer pain. Along with utilising a full complement of pharmacological treatments for pain, Dr. Ravindran also performs a variety of interventional procedures such as epidural, facet and sacroiliac joint injections, radiofrequency lesioning, and sympathetic and peripheral nerve blocks guided by X-ray and ultrasound. He has a keen interest in trauma informed approaches and believes in addressing the social determinants of health and economics of good healthcare that is patient centred.
Above all, Dr Ravindran is keenly interested in promoting high quality pain education to his patients and other health care professionals. He has presented at various conferences both in the UK and in Europe and has spoken on various pain management topics to Healthcare professionals (GPs, Nurses, medical students, junior doctors).
Dr Rich Stevenson
Dr Rich Stevenson is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department for Health at the University of Bath having joined the University in December 2018. Prior to that, Rich worked as the Senior Health & Fitness Adviser for South Wales Fire & Rescue Service for 15 years. During that time, Rich served as the vice-chair of the FireFit Steering Group for 10 years and initiated and successfully led the FireFit fitness standards research project on behalf of the then Chief Fire Officers Association.
He completed his Ph.D. in November 2017 on the physical demands of UK firefighting and has been involved in many national projects involving firefighter fitness over the past decade including the Government’s National Firefighter Selection Tests project, the Normal Age Pension Review for Firefighters and the Home Office’s Firefighter Fitness Best Practice Guide. Rich has also worked with numerous Fire & Rescue Services as a consultant health & fitness adviser and continues to support the work of the FireFit Steering Group and the Firefighters Charity.
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.
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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.