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Professor Tim Barrett

Timothy Barrett Professor of Paediatrics, Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, and Program Director for the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Timothy has published over 100 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of paediatrics, diabetes and genetics of childhood diabetes syndromes. He has received major grants from The Medical Research Council, The Wellcome Trust, European Union Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs, Diabetes UK and Wellchild.

He leads NHS national specialist commissioned services in rare diabetes syndromes, and a busy clinical practice of general diabetes, type 2 diabetes in children, and tertiary endocrinology. He is an enthusiastic teacher and communicator on the theme of childhood diabetes, and lectures widely at national and international level. Timothy contributes to the local and national media and advises the BBC on stories relating to childhood obesity and metabolism.

Professor Nichola Rumsey

Nichola is VTCT Professor of Appearance Research at UWE and is Co-Director of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR). She was one of two British Psychological Society’s Consultants to the Dept of Health 2003-2010.

Following the completion of her PhD “Psychological Problems Associated with Facial Disfigurement” in 1983, Nichola has built an international reputation for her research in this field and has attracted funding from a variety of bodies to support research on appearance, including The Healing Foundation, Changing Faces & VTCT.

Nichola was awarded a personal Chair by UWE in 2002. She was elected President of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain & Ireland in 2003-4 (the first psychologist to be elected to this position), and Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology from 2005-6. She was awarded honorary membership of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in 2009. Her research interests include establishing the psychosocial needs of people with disfigurements and developing interventions to meet these needs; interventions to promote positive societal attitudes towards diversity in appearance; screening and audit of patients seeking cosmetic surgery.

Professor Jonathan Sandy

University of Bristol, Head of the School of Oral and Dental Sciences and Professor of Orthodontics and Associate Dean.

Professor Sandy leads the Bristol wing of the Healing Foundation Cleft Collective.

Professor Gabriel Landini

Gabriel’s research interests have been directed to the development of innovative quantitative markers of biological complexity. These include applications of fractal geometry and image analysis for the characterisation of biological shape to be able to understand and characterise morphological changes taking place in pathological conditions, in particular Oral Cancer.

Current research interests include the development evidence-based methods of morphological analysis which underpin the emerging discipline of Intelligent Microscopy. In this area, formal quantitative analyses are processed by machine-reasoning procedures, so testable algorithms can replace the subjective components of traditional observer-based microscopy and histopathology to create more reliable means of diagnosis.

Gabriel is also involved in the development of visualisation enhancements to histological imagery for dichromatic (colour blind) individuals.

Other activities

Gabriel is part of the international group of scientists contributing to the development of open source image processing modules for scientific imaging using the ImageJ and Fiji platforms.

Professor Bill Shaw CBE

Professor Shaw leads the Manchester wing of the Healing Foundation Cleft Collective.

The £11 million, five-year programme – called The Cleft Collective – is the single biggest investment in cleft research anywhere in the world and will draw on expertise from across the UK. The Healing Foundation charity will be providing £5 million towards the project, with additional funding coming from university and NHS partners.

The Universities of Manchester and Bristol will lead the programme, in partnership with the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the NIHR Medicines for Children Research Network Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Liverpool and the University of the West of England.

Professor Shaw leads the World Health Organisation’s Collaborating Centre for Research on the Treatment of Craniofacial Congenital Anomalies.The world’s first such centre, it was set up at the University in recognition of the pioneering research into cleft lip and palate and related anomalies carried out by Professor Shaw and his team.