Gender Equality Programme Manager

University of Birmingham


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Dr Leah Fitzsimmons

Community Member


Leah manages a portfolio of research and related activities across the University of Birmingham’s Gender Equality research network, of which access to and use of health data is a crucial component. She provides guidance, advice and support to 200+ members across the University and research partners and stakeholders around the world.

Leah also manages PPIE activities for the NIHR AI & Multimorbidity project, OPTIMAL, where she works to make complex AI methods accessible and interpretable to patients and the public.

She also supports people to critically assess how representative and inclusive healthcare datasets are, as this is a high priority to the PPIE for AI community. Her background is in research management, public engagement, patient involvement, and knowledge exchange.

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