Each year, HDR UK awards prizes to recognise and celebrate excellence in health data research:

Six early career researchers from across the HDR UK community were also selected to showcase their work through a 4-minute Lightning Talk.

The winners of the awards and recognitions, as well as the Lightning Talks, were presented with their prizes during the 2024 HDR UK Conference.

Dame Julie Moore, Chair of the Board at HDR UK, said: “The Government has stated that life sciences are a priority for the UK and that we have significant strengths in this area. HDR UK has played a vital role in this as the UK’s institute for health data research with a mission to unite the UK’s health and care data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives.

“For the first time, we are now able to do studies at the whole population level across the four nations. This has only been possible with the hard work of the whole health data research community, from data scientists to software research engineers, technical staff and many other supporting roles.

“The HDR UK awards and recognitions highlight the achievements of the people behind progress in health data research. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted entrants and the winners.”

Susannah Boddie Award for Impact of the Year

Loïc Lannelongue and Michael Inouye holding The Susannah Boddie Award for Impact of the Year award, next to Sarah and Simon Boddie.The Susannah Boddie Award for Impact of the Year is awarded in honour of Susannah, a 27-year-old senior data scientist in 10 Downing Street’s Data Science team (10DS) who passed away in August 2023, to celebrate work with the highest impact on people’s lives, through the use of health data. Impacts have involved and engaged patients or service users, carers and the public at every appropriate stage of the research project life cycle.


Green Algorithms, Loïc Lannelongue and Michael Inouye


  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cardiovascular disease prevention and management – involving members of the BHF Data Science Centre, led by HDR UK
  • Using de-identified primary care data for research in Scotland: A meeting of stakeholders – Heather Whalley, Mark Adams, Emily Ball and Matthew Iveso

Team of the Year Award

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Data Science holding Team of the Year award

This award celebrates team science achievement through collaborative endeavours by groups of researchers, innovators, technologists and others working together, within HDR UK and beyond.


Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Data Science – Vishnu Chandrabalan, Dale Kirkwood, Quin Ashcroft, Tim Howcroft, Stephen Dobson and Jo Knight


  • Pan-UK Data Governance Steering Group – working group of the UK Health Data Research Alliance
  • Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Data Science –Martin Pitt, Thomas Monks, Michael Allen, Daniel Chalk, Kerry Pearn, Anna Laws, Amy Heather, Samantha Rosser, Chrissie Walker and Amy Coombe

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Award

Jan Speechley,Chair of the Panel and member of HDR UK Public Advisory Board, presenting the Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement Award to winners representing Understanding Patient DataPatient and public involvement and engagement is essential to HDR UK’s work. We want the views and ideas of patients and public to be embedded into each stage of research, to ensure public data is used in a way that is transparent and trustworthy, and meaningfully improves lives.

This award celebrates best practice and innovation in public involvement and engagement, using criteria in line with the UK Standards for Public Involvement, across all aspects of research, infrastructure and service development, within HDR UK and beyond.


Understanding Patient Data (UPD), partnering with Thinklusive and The Centre for Ethnic Health Research – Emma Morgan (UPD), Max Clark & Paul Chorlton (Thinklusive), Barbara Czyznikowska (Centre for Ethnic Health Research). Public contributors: Elise Martin De La Torre, Mary Lou-Owen, Toby De Roy

This award was chaired by Jan Speechley, a member of HDR UK’s Public Advisory Board. Read Jan’s blog post where she provides an insight into the selection process and shares the importance of the public being involved.


  • DATAMIND – Rudolf Cardinal, Linda Jones, Ann John, Rob Stewart. Public contributors: Andrea Hughes, Clara Martins de Barros, Diksha, Jan Davies, Jan Speechley, Jane Taylor, Louise Ting, Michael McTernan, Scott, and others
  • Co-PACT – Kam Bhui, Roisin Mooney and Doreen Josep

Lightning Talks

Dr Claudia Lindner holding the Lightning Talks trophy

Six early career researchers were selected by a panel of experts to deliver a four-minute talk that highlights their work:

  • Patrick Bidulka (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) – Addressing confounding in analyses of comparative effectiveness using electronic health records: a case study in type 2 diabetes using an instrumental variable.
  • Claudia Lindner (University of Manchester) – Using AI to enhance efficiency and equality of hip surveillance in children with cerebral palsy.
  • Hayley Lowther-Payne (Lancaster University) – Understanding access to NHS adult mental health services for sexual minority groups in North West England: an exploratory study using routinely collected data.
  • Matthew Watson (Durham University) – From Prediction to Practice: Addressing Bias and Data Shift in Machine Learning Models for Chemotherapy-Induced Organ Dysfunction.
  • Georgina Ireland (UCL) – Linking administrative data from hospitals and family courts for England to estimate cumulative incidence of involvement in public law family court proceedings and inform healthcare intervention.
  • Erum Masood (University of Dundee) – Mapping Scottish Population Scale COVID-19 and relevant clinical data Health Data to Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Common Data Model (CDM)

Congratulations to Claudia Lindner, who presented the talk which received the highest number of votes from the audience at the conference.

Hidden Role Recognitions

These recognitions celebrate the people who have had an impact on research delivery – from research software engineers and technical staff to professional services personnel, research managers, administrators and many other roles.


Ruth Norris, Veli Sawdon, Jill Hampton, Amy Coombe, Caroline MacDonald, Chrissie Walker, Ilina Serafimova, Symone Sheane, Susan Long, James Anderson, Sue Cheesman, Will Sopwith, Mariana Kuras, Gillian Martin, Kate Wicks, Quinta Ashcroft, Richard Williams, George Tilston, Iliada Eleftheriou, Mai Parkes

Reproducibility Recognitions 

Reproducibility is central to HDR UK’s values – the ability to repeat research, reuse techniques and verify results is central to developing the established understanding that new treatments, healthcare practices and improvements to public health are built on.


The Greater Manchester Care Record Research Operations Team, HSMA (Health Services Modelling Associates Programme), Trusted Research Environment Data Access Agreement Template, EAVE II and SAMueL (Stroke Audit in Machine Learning)

Read the awards brochure to find out more