Systems Modelling & Quantitative Biomedicine (SMQB) Programme Manager

University of Birmingham


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Dr Rebecca Ward

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Dr Rebecca Ward is the programme manager for the Centre for Systems Modelling & Quantitative Biomedicine (SMQB) at the University of Birmingham.  SMQB is an interdisciplinary research centre spanning the Schools of Maths, Computer Science and the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR, Medical and Dental Science).  SMQB’s mission is ‘Transforming healthcare through mathematical, computational and biomedical research’ and researchers in the centre achieve this through developing and applying quantitative and experimental methods to uncover the physiological processes underpinning health and how their disruption leads to disease.

Rebecca’s role supports the wide programme of centre activities including research, education and engagement. She works with Professor John Terry, SMQB director, to develop the Centre’s vision, strategy and delivery plan and to manage the Centre resources. She manages the SMQB Research Incubator which provides dedicated resource and funding to support seedcorn projects building new and emerging interdisciplinary collaborations which address a healthcare or biomedical challenge using mathematical and computational approaches. She also provides operational support for the MSc Biomedical Innovation programme which launches in Sept 2023.

Rebecca also manages N-CODE, an EPSRC/MRC-funded network plus. Launched in Oct 2022, N-CODE supports the development of technologies that shift the emphasis of diagnosis and management of neurological, neuropsychiatric or neurodevelopmental conditions from hospital environments to the community. Rebecca manages the broad range of N-CODE activities including seedcorn projects funded though the Research Incubator, study groups, sandpits and Hot Topic workshops.

Prior to joining the team, Rebecca worked for the Medical Research Council in London as a programme manager across a broad range of research areas including infection, neuroscience, cardiovascular, respiratory and managed a fellowship scheme. She previously worked for the UK Clinical Research Collaboration and the Royal Society in programme management and science policy roles.

She is the point of contact for anyone in the HDR UK Midlands community interested in the working with the SMQB or N-CODE. Please get in touch with Rebecca if you would like to find out more about our research or future collaborations.

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Professor Robert Laramee

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