Professor Mark Thompson, Associate Professor in Engineering Science and Tutor in Engineering, The Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Oxford (IBME).

MTTalk: PURAK, an Oxford-Bangalore collaboration developing affordable prosthetic limbs.

Professor Thompson studied engineering at Magdalen, Oxford, and obtained his PhD in biomechanics from the University of London. He leads the Oxford Mechanobiology Group, based at the Botnar Research Centre, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford. Their research concerns the application of mechanical analysis to clinically significant problems of tissue function and physiology.

Professor Thompson is leading an IBME project in partnership with The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) in developing affordable prosthetic limbs which is helping Indian amputees return to work.

Twitter: @mtahrokmpson and @ox_mechbio #mechanobiology

Dr Jeffrey Lienert

JLTalk: Antibiotic Use in Southeast Asia: An Overview of Socio-Medical Research at the Patient-Health System Interface.

Dr Jeffrey Lienert completed his doctorate at the National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program, a doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. His research focused on the dynamics of infectious disease transmission within Oxfordshire hospitals. With a background in epidemiology, Dr Lienert has incorporated his interests in understanding patterns in disease control to study the intersection of network science and epidemiology.

Twitter: @JeffLienert

Dr Natalie Leon, Specialist Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), Cape Town. Investigator for the SMS-text Adherence Support (StAR) Study, Department of Primary Care, Oxford.

NLTalk: Development and pre-testing of brief text messaging for Type 2 diabetes adherence support in sub-Saharan Africa: Using the UK MRC Framework for the Development of Complex Interventions.

Dr Natalie Leon is a specialist scientist researcher with a clinical psychology background, at the South African Medical Research Council. Her focus is on evaluation of complex interventions for health systems strengthening. Dr Leon’s process evaluation research findings have shown the importance of the health system context in shaping outcomes in a range of service delivery areas studied, including testing the effectiveness of provider-initiated HIV testing, analysing development of rapid diagnostics for MDR-TB, and evaluation of scalability of innovative mHealth care for community-based and chronic care.

Current projects include a formative and process evaluation of a pragmatic randomised controlled trial of mobile phone use for diabetes adherence support and improving linkage to care through strengthening routine health information systems.

Twitter: @MRCza

Drs. Gina Murphy, Jacob McKnight, Jacinta Nzinga and David Gathara, The Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Oxford and The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme.

Talk: Task-shifting by design – employing multidisciplinary research to propose task shifting that is fit for purpose and context.

Using a mixed-methods approach, the team are evaluating what gaps exist in the delivery of facility-based, nursing care to sick newborns in Nairobi City County and how these gaps might be addressed by task-shifting.

800Dr Gina Murphy is a Postdoctoral Researcher in health services epidemiology. Her research is currently focused on essential health services for sick newborns in Kenya and evaluating task-shifting as a means of improving service delivery.


JMcKDr Jacob McKnight is a post-doctoral researcher with an interest in health systems and reform. He completed a PhD at Said Business School focused on hospital management in Ethiopia. His background is in using organisational and marketing theory to provide new perspectives on public health problems.

JNDr Jacinta Nzinga is a DPhil student at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. She examines how efforts to improve service delivery through adoption of recommended practices in Kenyan hospitals depend on health workers’ responses to improvement efforts, hospital context, actions of unit heads and the interaction between them.

DGDr David Gathara is a Post-doctoral Researcher in Health Systems at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme.


Dr Seye Abimbola, Editor-in-Chief, British Medicial Journal Global Health

seye-bmj-globalTalk: Publishing Multidisciplinary Research

Dr Seye Abimbola is the Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Global Health. He is a medical doctor with a PhD in health policy and systems, and currently works as a lecturer and research fellow in international public health at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia. He is also a research fellow at the George Institute for Global Health, Australia, and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Nigeria. Dr Abimbola’s research has focussed on health system governance, especially in low- and middle- income countries.

Professor Sassy Molyneux, The Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme

SMTalk: An international collaboration to understand biological, nutritional, environmental, health system and social factors affecting outcomes of severe malnutrition.

Professor Sassy Molyneux is an Associate Professor in Oxford University, based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya. She has a PhD in behavioural studies, and is currently the chair of the Social Science and Ethics in Public Health theme in Kilifi.

Professor Molyneux’s research work has focused on two main areas: the interface between health systems and households (including exploring household treatment seeking behaviour, gender relations and affordability of health care); and the interface between health researchers and communities (including informed consent, community engagement, payments and benefits for research participants and communities, and social science ethics).

Twitter: @sassymolyneux

Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford.

TGTalk: Interdisciplinary research explained

Professor Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Care Health Science at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. Trained as a GP, she previously held professorships at University College London and Queen Mary University, London.

As Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Research in Health Sciences (IRIHS) unit, Professor Greenhalgh leads a programme of interdisciplinary research in social sciences and medicine, with strong emphasis on the organisation and delivery of health services. Her past research has covered the evaluation and improvement of clinical services at the primary-secondary care interface. This included the use of narrative methods to illuminate the illness experience in ‘hard to reach’ groups, the challenges of implementing evidence-based practise and the adoption and use of new technologies by both clinicians and patients.

Professor Alan Stein, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University

asTalk: A homebased intervention to support mothers with HIV to disclose their diagnosis to their uninfected primary school aged children.

As Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor Stein’s main area of research concerns the development of young children in the face of adversity. The ultimate aim of this work is to develop interventions to enhance children’s early development and support their families. A key aspect of this work is to elucidate the mechanisms by which early child development is affected. This includes training medical students, young doctors and other healthcare professionals and social scientists in these areas of work.

Professor Stein holds an Honorary Professorship in the School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and is an Honorary Fellow of the Child, Youth, Family and Social Development Programme of the HSRC in South Africa.

Professor Mike English and Professor Gerry McGivern, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and Warwick Business School

Talk: Why was a network chosen as a form of intervention to improve hospital care and how might it be achieving result?

meProfessor Mile English leads the Health Services Unit at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. This unit aims to strengthen equality in access to affordable health care in Africa. Professor English also leads efforts to develop multidisciplinary links with Oxford through the Oxford Health Systems Research Collaboration (OHSCAR).

GMcGProfessor Gerry McGivern is Professor of Organisational Analysis in the Organisation and Human Resource Management (OHEM) Group at Warwick Business School. Gerry’s research focuses on understanding professionals’ knowledge, practice, identity, leadership and how they are affected by systems of regulation and organisation, primarily within health care systems.