Research Investigators

Carol Brayne

Carol is Professor of Public Health Medicine in Department of Public Health and Primary Care in the University of Cambridge. Carol is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health academic. Her main research area is the longitudinal study of older people following changes over time in cognition, dementia natural history and associated features, with a public health perspective. Carol has been the director of the Cambridge Institute for Public Health since 2008. She is the lead investigator for this BRC theme.




Shirlene Badger

Shirlene Badger works within the Institute of Public Health and is seconded to the PHG Foundation, working with Dr Nina Hallowell as part of the Evaluation and Implementation Theme.  She brings a wealth of experience in qualitative medical sociological research in the fields of genetics, mental health, cancer, obesity, and women’s health studies. Her PhD was an ethnographic investigation of what happens when a group of severely obese children participate in a genetics of obesity study. Since her PhD she has held posts at Kings College London and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She has also been involved in process evaluation work on complex behavioural interventions and has led on academic outreach events on a major Wellcome Trust Strategic Award.

Shirlene is working with research teams across the BRC and is interested in case studies whether at an early-stage of innovation development, through to those that are already underway in the implementation process.

Hilary Burton

Hilary Burton is a public health physician and Director of the Foundation for Genomics and Population Health (PHG Foundation).  Established in 1997, the PHG Foundation is a public health policy and research charity based in Cambridge, UK, at the heart of the UK’s largest life-science and healthcare cluster.  As a founder member and initially as Programme Director under Dr Ron Zimmern, Hilary played a central role in developing the PHG Foundation’s reputation with the international health, research and policy communities as leaders in the field of public health genomics.  Since 2010, she has been Director of the 11 strong multi-disciplinary team including scientists, epidemiologist, lawyer, health service researchers as well as public health specialists and experts in knowledge-brokering and communications. 

Major projects at PHG Foundation are firmly rooted in public health practice and fall in two main areas: a) the evaluation of new technologies and the processes for their adoption and diffusion in health care systems; b) health needs assessment for genomics and genetics in health services. Hilary is involved actively in UK genomics policy work, having recently served on the UK Government’s Human Genomics Strategy Group, the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Group of the UK Genetic Testing Network, the Joint Committee on Medical Genetics and the Council of the British Society for Human Genetics.

Conor Farrington

Following postgraduate degrees in political theory and philosophy, Conor Farrington completed his training with a doctorate in political science and Latin American politics at the Department of Geography at Cambridge.

Conor then undertook interdisciplinary social science post-doctoral research in the NIHR CLAHRC (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) at the Cambridge Judge Business School, using a range of qualitative methods.His research has included a range of substantive topics in health and social care research including communication between health and social care professionals in learning disability teams and the effectiveness of e-learning in end of life care training in nursing homes.

Conor’s current research is focused on understanding the interactions between patients and new medical technologies, particularly in the fields of diabetes, cardiovascular medicine, and mental health. He is also involved in research based at the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR), which focuses on how GPs and hospital doctors respond to patient surveys.

Julian Flowers 

Julian Flowers is Director, Knowledge and Intelligence Team (East) at Public Health England (PHE). Prior to this he was Director of Eastern Region Public Health Observatory, before it became part of PHE. After training as general physician, Julian then trained in public health and spent early part of his career in acute and specialised services.

He developed an interest in health technology assessment and evidence based care. In latter years he has become increasingly interested in the role and use of information in improving health and healthcare quality.



Nina Hallowell

Nina is involved in social and ethical aspects of our work programme, and is working as a consultant on a number of current projects.

She has a Masters’ degree in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College, London and has worked for over fifteen years on the wider implications of genetic testing for inherited disorders and cancer, including international academic studies of risk communication and patient experience.


Richard Milne

Richard is seconded to the PHG Foundation from the Institute of Public Health to work on an ethnographic study of the implementation of research within the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. Richard's research experience is in social and geographical studies of novel biological science and technology. His previous work has examined new pharmaceutical biotechnologies and consumer, regulatory and scientific approaches to food safety and quality.



Rupert Payne 

Rupert Payne trained in Edinburgh in both Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and General Practice. He took up his current post in the Cambridge Primary Care Unit as a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in General Practice in November 2010. His main research interests are the pharmacoepidemiology and the rational and safe use of medicines in primary care. He also has expertise in electronic health records and data linkage, and cardiovascular risk management. He continues to work part-time in clinical practice, both as a GP and as a hospital consultant.



Martin Roland 

Martin Roland became Professor of Health Services Research in the University of Cambridge in 2009. He trained at the University of Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate. Following vocational training in Cambridge, he worked in London and in Cambridge before moving to the Chair in General Practice in the University of Manchester in 1992. In 1994, he established and subsequently became Director of the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre. Following his move to Cambridge in 2009, he established the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research which is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research organisation based in Cambridge. Recognising the success of this collaboration and RAND’s continuing support for health services research in Cambridge, the University agreed in 2013 that Professor Roland’s chair would be known as the RAND Professorship of Health Services Research.

Professor Roland has been a practising GP for over 30 years. His main areas of research are developing methods of measuring quality of care, and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of medical care. His previous areas of research include back pain, hospital referrals, out of hours care, and nurse practitioners in general practice.