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After studying Mathematics at Bristol, Brian, with some interest in the medical sciences, read for a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering. A short venture into the financial sector persuaded him to pursue an alternative career in medicine where he qualified as a doctor.
Following his house officer year he joined the Public Health department in Birmingham where he was the main researcher on an NHS HTA project which reviewed the field of automated cervical screening. It was during these 18 months that he developed an interest in diagnostic research.
In 2002 he returned to the frontline of the NHS to work at the John Radcliffe in Oxford in Emergency medicine This was followed by rotations in General medicine and General Practice during which, he completed membership examinations for both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners.
In 2008 he was awarded an MRC fellowship which he took up at the University of Manchester and led to his PhD in Medical Statistics. Broadly, his thesis explored meta-analysis methods used in diagnostic research and tackled the problems of applying diagnostic research to different clinical settings.
He joined the Primary Care department in January 2012 as an NIHR Clinical Lecturer where he has extended his work into diagnostic test methodological research. Based on this research, in 2015 he received the Thomas Chalmers award for the best paper at the internationally renowned Cochrane Colloquium and in 2016 he was awarded a prestigious MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship being one of only a few GPs to have ever achieved such an award.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester
Medical Statistics2008 - 2011
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Medicine1994 - 1999
Master in Science, University of Dundee
Biomedical Engineering1989 - 1990
Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol
Mathematics1986 - 1989
Member of Royal College of General Practitioners, MRCGP2006
Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, DRCOG2005
Member of Royal College of Physicians, MRCP(UK)2004
Willingness to take PhD students