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2017 Speakers & Chairs

The NHS R&D Forum are pleased to announce that the following speakers will be presenting sessions at the 2017 Annual NHS R&D Forum Conference in Manchester on the 15th & 16th May 2017.

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Dr Louise Wood

Job Title: Director of Science, Research and Evidence
Organisation: Department of Health


Louise has been Director of Science, Research & Evidence at the Department of Health since April 2016, having returned to the Department following a 14 month secondment to the Association of Medical Research Charities as its Director of policy and public affairs. Prior to that she was Deputy Director of R&D and Head of Research Infrastructure and Growth with policy responsibility for, and oversight of : the NIHR’s clinical research infrastructure in the NHS; R&D relations with the life sciences industries; and leading the Directorate’s input into all major cross Government/industry/NHS initiatives which were established to improve the research partnership between the NHS, universities and the life sciences industries. Previously, Louise worked at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in drug safety, strategic development, and as an EU representative to the International Conference on Harmonisation. She served on the Agency’s Executive Board for four years when she was the Agency’s founding director of the General Practice Research Database, forerunner to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink.

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