Deontics Scientific Advisory Board

Professor Charles Vincent, Professor of Clinical Safety Research, Imperial College, London. Charles Vincent trained and worked as an NHS clinical psychologist before beginning a research career. In 1995 he established the Clinical Risk Unit at University College where he was Professor of Psychology before moving to Imperial College in 2002. He is now Director of the Imperial Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality (CPSSQ) and the Clinical Safety Research Unit, which is based in the Department of Surgery and Cancer. He is the editor of Clinical Risk Management (BMJ Publications, 2nd edition, 2001) and author of Patient Safety (2nd edition 2010). From 1999 to 2003 he was a Commissioner on the UK Commission for Health Improvement. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was recently reappointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator.

Professor Richard Begent, Emeritus Professor of Oncology at the UCL Cancer Institute; member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Bioinformatics Advisory Panel in 2002 leading to the formation of the NCRI Informatics Initiative which he established and directed from 2004-2006, continuing to chair the NCRI Informatics Implementation Task Force from 2004-10; joint principal investigator of the UCL and KCL Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre and was lead of the UCL Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre and Director of the CRUK Targeting and Imaging Group from 1990-2010

Ms Fiona MacNeill, Consultant Breast Surgeon, the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. Ms Fiona MacNeill has been a specialist consultant breast and reconstructive surgeon since 1996. Her main interest is oncoplastic breast surgery – achieving the best outcomes in cancer surgery and breast appearance. She has lectured widely in the UK and Europe and was a founder of the first oncoplastic training programme.

She is breast tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons, responsible for developing a national breast education and training portfolio. She has successfully delivered the national sentinel node training programme NEW START. Her achievements in education were recognised in 2006 when she was awarded the Silver Scalpel Trainer of the Year.

Ms MacNeill remains actively engaged in local and national research trials. She acts in an advisory capacity to a variety of Department of Health committees to optimise breast services and plan future cancer strategy. In addition she is a member of a number of professional associations, most notably the Association of Breast Surgery (ABS @BASO) where she is the chairman of the education and training committee.

Ms MacNeill qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, in 1983 and was awarded an MD thesis in 1994 investigating novel breast cancer therapies. Appointed consultant surgeon in 1996 at Colchester she established and led a highly successful breast unit before moving to The Royal Marsden in 2006.

Professor Mor Peleg, University of Haifa, Israel. Prof Mor Peleg has been a faculty member at the Department of Information Systems at the University of Haifa, Israel, since 2003. Mor received her BSc and MSc in Molecular Biology from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering at the Technion in 1999. She completed a 4-year post-doc fellowship at Stanford University Center for BioMedical Informatics, where she also was a visiting assistant professor during a sabbatical in 2007-9. In 2005 she was awarded the New Investigator Award by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Mor’s research concerns the development of methodologies and software tools for representing and analyzing complex bio-medical systems, with a focus on knowledge representation and learning of healthcare processes and clinical guideline-based decision support systems. Her research has appeared in such publications as JAMIA, JBI, Methods of Information in Medicine, Intl J of Medical Informatics, Bioinformatics, IEEE T on Software Engineering, and Proc. IEEE. She is a member of the editorial board of Methods of Information in Medicine, is the PC chair of AIME 2011, and has been regularly co-chairing the PROhealth workshop and the Knowledge Representation for Healthcare workshop.