Insigneo board members

Professor Marco Viceconti

Marco Viceconti
Marco Viceconti is a Professor of Biomechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and  Associate Professor to the Department of Human Metabolism at the University of Sheffield.  He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine, a joint initiative of the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this he was the Technical Director of the Medical Technology Lab at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Bologna, Italy. His main research interests are related to the development and validation of medical technology, especially that involving simulation, and primarily in relation to neuromusculoskeletal diseases. He has published over 200 papers, mostly indexed in Medline, and serves as reviewer for many international funding agencies and peer-reviewed journals. Marco Viceconti is one of the key figures in the emerging Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) community. Co-author of the first white paper on the VPH; scientific co-ordinator of the seminal VPH research roadmap; “VPH ambassador” for the VPH Network of Excellence and Co-ordinator of the VPHOP integrated project.


Professor Damien Lacroix


Damien Lacroix is Professor of Mechanobiology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Science (INSA Lyon, France) and a PhD in Biomechanics from Trinity College Dublin. After a post-doc in 2001 in Toulouse (France) for Smith and Nephew at the Purpan Hospital, he was awarded a Marie-Curie TMR EU fellowship in 2002 and a Ramon y Cajal senior fellowship in 2004 at the Technical University of Catalonia (Spain). In 2008 he was appointed Group Leader of Biomechanics and Mechanobiology at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (Spain). Damien joined the Department in 2012 when he took a Chair in Biomedical Engineering within the Insigneo research institute. Professor Lacroix’s research covers bone mechanobiology (bone tissue engineering, bone distraction and fracture healing) and spine biomechanics (mechanobiology of disc degeneration, disc angiogenesis and disc implant analysis). From March to July 2015 Professor Damien Lacroix was on a 5 month secondment in Kyoto, Japan, to work alongside Professor Taiji Adachi. The trip has been highly beneficial for MultiSim research, which Professor Lacroix is the Director of, as it will enable him to study multi-scale methods to further bridge the scale from cellular level up to whole organism level.


Professor Rod Hose


Rod Hose is a Professor in Computational Biomechanics in the Medical Physics Group in the Department of Cardiovascular Science and holds an Honorary Contract with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. After graduating in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, Rod joined Lucas Aerospace as a graduate apprentice engineer. From 1977 to 1992 he worked as a stress engineer and consultant structural analyst for several companies in the aerospace, motor vehicle and general engineering sectors. During this period he also completed a PhD in Applied Mechanics at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He joined academia in 1992 as a lecturer in Aircraft Structures at the University of Salford. Professor Hose moved to Medical Physics at the University of Sheffield in 1994, where he was initially responsible for the development of undergraduate teaching in medical physics. He has a primary research interest in the computational analysis of heart valve prostheses.


Professor Pat Lawford


Pat Lawford is a Professor of Physiological Modelling and Deputy Theme Leader of the Cardiovascular Biomechanics Theme in the Department of Cardiovascular Science. In 1986, Pat Lawford was appointed as an NHS Senior Physicist, responsible for the UK Department of Health Centre for Heart Valve Evaluation, and subsequently spent 3 years as a Project Manager for a joint University/NHS Institute providing evaluation services to the medical devices industry. In August 1991 she returned to academic medical physics to lead a new Masters programme in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. Her main activity is in the area of cardiovascular biomechanics and in cardiovascular implant devices. Her key interest is the development and use of computational models for the study of cardiovascular disease and its treatment.


Professor Wendy Tindale OBE


Wendy Tindale is Scientific Director of Medical Imaging & Medical Physics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and also Head of Nuclear Medicine for the Trust’s three sites.  As Consultant Clinical Scientist, she leads one of the largest NHS centres of medical technology in the UK where she oversees the delivery of a wide spectrum of clinical scientific developments and services. She has extensive experience in frontline patient care, service delivery and improvement and healthcare innovation. She holds a Chair at the University of Sheffield and has a national role as Clinical Director of the ‘Devices for Dignity’ (D4D) Healthcare Technology Co-operative. She has an interest in combining clinical academic excellence with business opportunities through commercial translation of innovative medical technologies and has worked with both public and private sectors to facilitate successful collaborations. Wendy has contributed to numerous national and international committees, including Royal College Working Parties and Government advisory bodies and acts as advisor to several research programmes and knowledge transfer initiatives. She is panel member and chair of a number of NIHR/HEFCE Fellowship Committees.


Professor Simon Heller


Simon Heller is a Professor of Clinical Diabetes in the academic unit of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He received his clinical diabetes training at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK and his research training at the University of Nottingham, UK and Washington University, St Louis, USA. He is Chair of the Clinical Studies Advisory Group of UKCRN Diabetes Research Network and currently a member of the Medical Research Council College of Experts, Diabetes UK Research Committee and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International Medical Scientific Review Committee. His research interests concern clinical research, focussing on clinical investigation involving varied topics with the common theme of immediate relevance to patients with diabetes. These include aspects of the pathophysiology of hypoglycaemia in diabetes, the contribution of hypoglycaemia to the increased risk of sudden death in young people with Type 1 diabetes (the ‘dead in bed’ syndrome), the clinical benefits of insulin analogues and trials of complex interventions to enable more effective self-management in people with diabetes.


Professor Paul Griffiths


Paul Griffiths joined the University of Sheffield as a Professor of Radiology in 1996 having held the position of Consultant Neuroradiologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge since 1995. He administers three MR scanners on behalf of the University of Sheffield. He became a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008. Paul’s research interests are Paediatric Neuroradiology and in utero MRI scanning, specialising in diseases of the developing brain therefore much of his clinical and academic work concerns MR imaging the brains of foetuses, neonates and children.


Professor Richard Clayton


Richard Clayton is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, where he heads the Computational Biology research group. Since 1990 his research has focussed on the heart, with a particular interest in cardiac arrhythmias and ventricular fibrillation. He has a broad interest in cardiac electrophysiology, from single cells to whole organ, and how the structure and function at these different scales can be captured in multiscale computational models.


Dr Andrew Narracott


Andrew Narracott is a Senior Lecturer in the Medical Physics Group, Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease.
He completed a Masters degree in Physics in 1997 and a PhD in Medical Physics in 2002, both in Sheffield. The focus of his PhD
was the simulation and experimental measurement of the interaction between balloon catheters and coronary stents.
Dr Narracott has  completed a number of post-doctoral projects, including a post at the RIKEN Institute in Tokyo. Since being appointed as a lecturer in 2012, Dr Narracott has delivered undergraduate medical physics teaching in Sheffield and contributed to PhD training at the European level through Marie Curie Training Networks.
Dr Narracott’s research interests include simulation and experimental measurement of the cardiovascular system, with focus on the role of the venous circulation in health and disease.