National SHARE Programme Manager
Shobna gained a BSc in Pharmacology from Surrey University, and has worked with various Pharmaceutical companies, such as MSD, GSK, SKB, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk, for 25 years. The last 12 years have been spent project managing clinical trials within the University of Dundee, and currently Shobna is the National Programme Manager for SHARE. Her spare time is spent in raising funds for various charities, including Maggie's Dundee and especially the TICR Appeal for which she raised over £8 million (www.ticrappeal.com).
Professor Colin Palmer
Professor Palmer earned a BSc in Genetics from Glasgow University in 1985 and a PhD in Molecular Toxicology from the University of London in 1991. He has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). He worked at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California from 1991 to 1995, and joined the laboratory of Professor Roland Wolf at the Biomedical Research Centre in Ninewells Hospital in 1995. In 1998, Professor Palmer established his own laboratory at the Biomedical Research Centre, as a Principal Investigator and lecturer. Professor Palmer was appointed to the Personal Chair of Pharmacogenomics in 2008.
His lab specializes in population genetic research and has research projects studying the genetic basis for susceptibility to common diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma and cancer. Professor Palmer has published over 200 papers in top journals and these have been cited by over 15,000 other studies worldwide. Professor Palmer is Director of the Tayside Bioresource which has recruited over 10% of the Tayside population (60,000 individuals) to genetic studies (http://medicine.dundee.ac.uk/tayside-bioresource).
Professor Brian McKinstry
Professor of Primary Care E-Health, University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian
Brian McKinstry is a general practitioner and Emeritus Professor of Primary Care eHealth at the University of Edinburgh. Until recently he led the Telescot programme of research into telehealth (www.telescot.org).
Professor McKinstry's research interests are mainly around Health Service Research particularly in remote information exchange between clinicians and patients. His recent research has centred on eHealth and telehealthcare. The Telescot programme has carried out multiple randomised controlled trials and descriptive/qualitative studies in this area. These studies include telemonitoring of chronic obstructive airways disease, heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes along with studies of satellite location for wandering people with dementia, the use of gamification to encourage children and adolescents to adopt healthier lifestyles, developing artificially intelligent avatar based systems for monitoring depression, robotic dispensing, remote measurement of cough and respiratory rate, the use of machine learning on patient accrued data to develop improved telemonitoring algorithms and more recently the use of video-consulting in general practice. He currently leads Scale-Up BP; a large-scale implementation project to deliver telehealthcare to thousands of people in Scotland and is exploring the use of routinely acquired data to evaluate the implementation at scale. He has been working with colleagues in the Scottish Government to develop a telemonitoring system for people recently diagnosed with COVID-19.
Professor Frank Sullivan
Professor Sullivan has been an academic GP since 1984. He was appointed as the Professor of Primary Care Medicine in the University of St. Andrews in 2017 where he is currently the Medical School Director of Research. He is an honorary professor in the University of Dundee, the Department of Family & Community Medicine and a Senior Research Fellow in the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon. From March 1998 until February 2014 he was the NHS Tayside Professor of R&D in General Practice and Primary Care.
His research interests lie mainly in health informatics and community based trials, covering the spectrum from record-linkage of electronic health records to decision support to the evaluation of complex interventions. Professor Sullivan has published widely on a number of different types of primary care research, notably in the early detection of Lung Cancer and the management of Diabetes and Bell’s palsy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011.
Dr John Haughney
West Node SHARE Primary Care Co-ordinator
Dr John Haughney is Associate Clinical Director of the NHS Clinical Research Facilities in Glasgow, a sessional general practitioner and hospital practitioner, a past-president of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group and a former Chair of the GPIAG (PCRS (UK)). He holds academic positions at both the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen.
Dr Sam Philip
North Node SHARE Co-ordinator
Dr Sam Philip is currently working as a Consultant Physician in the department of Diabetes and Endocrinology and as an honorary senior lecturer in biomedical physics at the University of Aberdeen. His research interests include health informatics, clinical trials, epidemiology and diabetic retinopathy. He is leading the development of tele-consultation service for people with diabetes in Orkney and Shetland. He has a strong interest in the development of information based technologies to support self-care in people with diabetes.
SHARE Deputy Programme Manager
Sarah has a business and administration background having worked with local authorities, NHS Tayside, National NHS Clinical and Service Networks, 3rd sector organisations, higher education and the private sector. Sarah joined the team in early 2021 and is responsible for assisting the Programme Manager with the day-to-day running of SHARE.
Dr Louise Dow
SHARE Studies Coordinator
Louise graduated with a PhD in microbiology from the University of Dundee, and has pursued a career in sales and training with the biomedical products sector. She joined SHARE in 2014 and is responsible for coordinating the SHARE study applications and recruitment to studies.
SHARE Studies Recruiter Administrator
Jay studied Biochemistry before completing her BSc in Chemistry from University of Vienna. After 9 years living in London, she recently moved to Dundee, bringing experience in administration and social media. In joining the SHARE team, she is combining her science background with her work experience into a role she greatly enjoys.
In her spare time, Jay loves being outdoors and is looking forward to exploring more of Scotland.
Nicola studied an HND in Business Studies with Languages at Napier University and has worked extensively in an administrative role over the last 20 + years. Her spare time is spent with her family and 2 teenage children. Nicola is responsible for the HR and administration function within the SHARE team.
SHARE Assistant Administrator
Nicola joined SHARE in 2019 initially to recruit people in Scotland for health research but has since assumed an administrative role within the team which still includes recruitment. Nicola has spent her career in healthcare working as a registered nurse, in a variety of roles, for over 35 years.
In her spare time, Nicola tries to keep fit and enjoys spending time with friends and family and walking her dog.