Professor Cathie Sudlow is the inaugural director of the BHF Data Science Centre, whose vision is to improve the public’s cardiovascular health through the power of large-scale data and advanced analytics across the UK. She is also Chair of Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh.

Cathie is a clinical neurologist and epidemiologist. Her clinical work involves assessing and treating patients with suspected acute stroke in the hospital emergency department.

Her research interests have always been firmly embedded in the world of big data with a focus on large scale collaborative open-science efforts to determine the causes (genetic, environment and lifestyle) of – and the effects of treatment on – common diseases of middle and older age. She has played a major role in initiatives: to establish the role of antithrombotic therapy in preventing heart disease and stroke; to investigate differences between stroke subtypes; and to discover genes that influence stroke.

Cathie was previously Head of the Centre for Medical Informatics at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. From 2011-2019, she was Chief Scientist of UK Biobank, a large-scale research resource, with in-depth genetic and health information from half a million UK adults, accessible to approved researchers worldwide, studying a wide range of common, rare and life-threatening health conditions.