Ester Bellavia joined Health Data Research UK as Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Officer in August 2022. She supports the delivery of the organisation’s strategy for involving patients and the public in health data science.

Ester has recently completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) programme at Newcastle University, leading a research project funded by the Alzheimer’s Society to promote good PPI practice in dementia studies. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Catania, and a Master’s Degree in Health Research Methods from the University of Nottingham. She is a registered nurse and previously worked for the National Health Service.