Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), of which the University of Oxford is one of the founding members, recently announced the appointment of Professor Gary Ford CBE as its new Chief Executive.

Gary FordProfessor Ford will join the Network from the University of Newcastle where he is the holder of the Jacobson Chair of Clinical Pharmacology, the Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Stroke Research Network and the Associate Medical Director for R&D at the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  In addition, he has maintained a clinical practice as a stroke physician and developed strong links with the life sciences sector.

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), was designated by NHS England in May, 2013 together with 14 other AHSNs. According to NHS England “AHSNs present a unique opportunity to pull together the adoption and spread of innovation with clinical research and trials, informatics, education, and healthcare delivery.

Nigel Keen, Chairman of the Oxford AHSN, said: “We are delighted to appoint Professor Ford as Chief Executive. With his great experience of the NHS, of clinical research and of academia, he is ideally suited to develop the Oxford AHSN and realise the potential of the skills, experience and knowledge that exist within the Network.”

Professor Ford, who will join the Oxford AHSN in November, said: “The establishment of the Oxford AHSN is an exciting opportunity to draw on the enormous resources of this part of England to improve healthcare and drive economic growth. I am looking forward to working with all partners who include prestigious organisations within both the public and private sectors.”

Professor Alastair Buchan, Dean of the Medical School and Head of the Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford, said: “The University of Oxford is a world leader in many areas of clinical research and trials, informatics, and education. We work very closely with our local NHS partners, the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust  and Oxford Brookes University to improve health of our local patients and to generate wealth for our local health economy. With his great expertise and boundless energy, Professor Ford will help us engage with a wider Network of partners to make a greater impact on health and wealth in The Thames Valley and beyond.”

Sir Jonathan Michael, Chief Executive of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, the host organisation for the Oxford AHSN, said: “This is a key appointment and I am confident the Network will be able to draw on Professor Ford’s skills and understanding of clinical and research networks, and the links between academia and the NHS.  Professor Ford will be working to develop his team and plans to visit all parts of the Network over the coming months.”

Links:

Oxford Academic Health Science Network  

Related news:

New academic health science network announced

Similar stories

Student Prizes for Biomedical Sciences and Medicine 2020-2021

Awards and Appointments General

Congratulations to all our Biomedical Sciences students and Medicine students who have been awarded prizes during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Top place for Oxford Clinical Medical Student in prestigious national Ophthalmology Duke Elder Prize Examination

Awards and Appointments General

Sixth year Clinical Medical student, Ryan Purdy (Worcester College), placed first in the Royal College of Ophthalmology's annual Prize Examination.

Oxford awarded major funding to probe childhood poverty and social inequalities

Awards and Appointments General Research

Ground-breaking multi-disciplinary research is to be launched today by the University of Oxford into the impact of poverty and social inequalities in early childhood, thanks to major funding from the Leverhulme Trust.

Innovation award for Professor Anindita Roy to develop new treatments for childhood cancer

Awards and Appointments General Innovation Research

Associate Professor Andi Roy leads one of the five research teams across the UK that have been awarded the 2021 Cancer Research UK-Children with Cancer UK Innovation Award. The awards, which provide a total of £4.3 million in scientific funding, will allow leading researchers in the field to delve into the biology of children’s and young people’s cancers, with the hope of finding new ways to prevent and treat these complex cancers.

Two Oxford pioneers honoured on Sherrington Building Plaques

Awards and Appointments General

Honouring the heritage of pioneering physiologists Sir Charles Sherrington and Florence Buchanan. "Commemorating both pioneers together highlights the importance of advocacy and mentoring that was evident over a century ago as equality was championed." (Professor David Paterson, Head of Department, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics)

Professor Cecilia Lindgren appointed Director of the Big Data Institute

Awards and Appointments General

Professor Cecilia Lindgren has been appointed as the new Director of the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute.