Sir Alex Markham

About Sir Alex Markham

Prof Sir Alex Markham is the founding director of the MRC Centre. He is a clinician interested in cancer, genetics and informatics and has undertaken national and international informatics leadership roles over the last decade.

As CEO of CR-UK, he established the NCRI Informatics Initiative in 2004, which helped UK research funders consider options in this area. He sat on the UKCRC Board, commissioning their Research Simulations Report to NHS Connecting for Health (CfH), which shaped the field.

OSCHR Translational Medicine Board

He chaired the OSCHR Translational Medicine Board and sat on the Boards of NHS CfH (in its closure phase), the NHS Information Reporting Service and the HSCIC’s GP Extraction Service. He was Senior Responsible Owner of NIHR’s Research Capability Programme 4 (RCP, 9), optimising use of NHS EHRs for research and served on the OSCHR E-Health Research Records Board, under Sir Ian Diamond (joining the Centre’s SAB). He chairs the CPRD Expert Advisory Group and led CPRD’s formation, by merging RCP with MHRA’s General Practice Research Database. He established and chairs the NCRI NCIN (now in Public Health England), which pioneered research on cancer registry data linked with other national datasets (largely conducted by University of Leeds colleagues).