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LIDA Seminar / Mar 13 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Introduction to Big Data in Public Health- future horizons, applications and ethical issues


The Leeds Institute for Data Analytics is pleased to present the next seminar in our series showcasing data analytics.

This seminar will consist of presentations from the following University of Leeds staff:

Dr Michelle Morris, University Academic Fellow in Health Data Analytics

Michelle is a University Academic Fellow in Health Data Analytics at the University of Leeds, affiliated to the
School of Medicine and Leeds Institute for Data Analytics.

After graduating with a Neuroscience degree in 2002 Michelle began a career in Health Informatics, working in
a graduate position at EMIS, one of the UK’s leading healthcare clinical system providers, at first focusing on
Clinical terminologies and later in a project management position within the department of Coding and Drug
Information. In 2009 Michelle returned to study for an MSc, equipping her in statistics and epidemiology
training and research methods in Nutritional epidemiology. An interdisciplinary PhD followed investigating ‘Spatial analysis of dietary cost patterns and implications for health’. During this time Michelle completed
research visits to the University of Washington, Seattle, US and University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
Michelle has developed a diverse teaching portfolio and gained affiliation as Associate Fellow of the Higher
Education Academy.

Following her PhD Michelle worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Nutritional Epidemiology Group in
the School of Food Science and Nutrition and then as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Consumer Data
Research Centre, School of Geography both at the University of Leeds.

This unique career history now places Michelle well to embark on her University Academic Fellow vision to
cross discipline boundaries bringing together people, data and methods to improve health through informatics
– specifically combining consumer analytics with health informatics and using ‘big data’ to benefit patient


Dr Jon Fistein, Associate Professor in Clinical Informatics, LIHS

Having originally trained as a medical doctor and barrister, Jon has worked in health informatics for over 20 years.  He has supported NHS, social care, academic, third sector and commercial organisations across a range of strategic, managerial and technical projects. Jon has particular experience in information governance. He was Head of Clinical Ethics and Data at the UK Medical Research Council, and  currently sits on the Independent Group that Advises NHS Digital on the Release of Data (IGARD). His is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and a Senior Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

At Leeds, he is responsible for the Health Informatics teaching portfolio and his research examines the legal, professional and ethical implications of using healthcare data for uses outside the direct care setting.



13.30-15.00 Presentations

  • Dr Michelle Morris: Applications of Big Data for Public Health
  • Dr Jon Fistein: Ethical issues in the use of Big Data for Public Health

15.00-16.00 Networking reception with drinks and nibbles


This event is free and open to all but booking is required.

If you’d like to attend please email  Hayley Irving with your name, occupation and faculty/organisation.


Mar 13
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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LG.06 Lecture Theatre
Liberty Building
Leeds, LS3 1DB
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