Professor John Pickard FRCS FMedSci is Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery in in the University of Cambridge and Honorary Clinical Director of the NIHR Brain Injury MedTech and In-Vitro Diagnostic Co-operative (MIC).
Professor Pickard has built on the foundations laid by Jennett and Teasdale in Glasgow to develop and sustain teams devoted to the study of the pathophysiology and management of acute brain injury, coma and the vegetative state and disorders of the cerebrospinal fluid circulation together with the interface with neurorehabilitation and the associated ethical and health economic issues. He has fostered a multidisciplinary R&D culture within clinical neurosciences, embracing both basic and clinical scientists. With colleagues, he established the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre that was the first such facility worldwide to incorporate state-of-the-art MR and PET scanning within the envelope of the neurosciences critical care unit – ‘Patients cannot go to the scanner; the scanner must come to the patient’. He led the only successful clinical trial of a neuroprotective agent after brain injury (subarachnoid haemorrhage). He is now Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery in the University of Cambridge and Honorary Clinical Director of the NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Cooperative (formerly HTC 2012-2017) that systematically explores the unmet needs of brain injured patients that may be amenable to a technological solution and guides inventors and SMEs through the labyrinth of product development.
John has championed the growth of the MIC (former NIHR HTC) portfolio by working with patients and their carers to identify unmet needs in the brain injury pathway, catalysing NHS pull by targeting industry engagement, and building collaborations that utilise expert networks and world leading clinical communities.
Dr. Peter Jarritt
Dr. Peter Jarritt is the Deputy Director of the Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative. Peter is also Theme Leader for MedTech Regulation and Evaluation.
Peter is currently undertaking projects with Health Education East of England and The Academy for Healthcare Science. He previously held appointments as: Clinical Director of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Addenbrooke’s Hospital; Lead Scientist for the EoE Strategic Health Authority; Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Agency; Honorary Professor, Queen’s University Belfast; Scientific Director, Northern Ireland PET Institute. Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine, UCL.
Dr. Alexis Joannides
Dr. Alexis Joannides is Deputy Director of NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative and Clinical Lecturer in neurosurgery at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge. He is also Theme Leader for Clinical informatics and Registries.
Alexis completed his PhD at the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair in the use of human stem cells in experimental models of neurological disease. He is currently the programme director of the Outcome Registry Intervention and Operation Network, a national informatics platform for collecting and analysing health outcome data following neurosurgery and other neuroscience-related procedures. His research interests include molecular pathogenesis and clinical heterogeneity in traumatic brain injury.
Mita Brahmbhatt is the programme manager of the Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative (MIC) based at the University of Cambridge, and supported by the National Institute for Health Research.
After graduating in 2001 with BSc Honors in Business Information Systems, she challenged and developed her skills in various industry sectors. In 2007 she moved in to healthcare to fulfill a personal ambition to influence and shape health and wellbeing services. In this time, Mita has worked internationally with the World Health Organisation; nationally with the Department of Health and private companies; regionally with Strategic Health Authorities; as well as locally with Primary Care Trusts. Mita has enjoyed the challenges of working on key strategic drivers for the NHS including Major Trauma commissioning, and has valued her time as a volunteer wellbeing facilitator for the charity Freemind, based in Essex. In her current role, Mita has the advantage of putting ideas and innovations at the heart of everything she does, something that she would like to see translated in a safe and robust way across the healthcare industry to improve patient outcomes.
Francesca Maria Piffer
Francesca Maria Piffer is the Programme Co-ordinator of the NIHR MedTech Co-operative and she in charge of the delivery of the MIC Programme related projects.
After graduating in Intercultural and Multimedia Communication (BSc), Francesca furthered her studies in Anthropology and Ethnology Sciences (MSc) at the University of Milano, where she completed a 2-years in-depth ethnography focused on methodologies and methods of qualitative research.
Driven by the desire to apply the qualitative research to the new emerging needs and opportunities coming from the Innovation Technology field, in 2015 Francesca won an EU scholarship for the UK and started to work successfully as UX researcher and Project Coordinator on IoT projects and innovative technologies applied in the healthcare sector.
In the MIC, she has been working on improving the overall organization and delivery of the projects, participating to research with patients and consolidating the communication strategy and public engagement.