Head of Research,
Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
Dr Tim Williams is a Head of Research within the formed Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) within the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). He has an MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and PhD in biomedical computing from the University of Leeds. He has worked in the healthcare data field for over 17 years both in academia and within government. As the programme manager for the research group he has oversight of a wide range of projects but his main area of research involves work into observational healthcare data quality and the application of large observational databases to novel areas including Clinical Trial feasibility and delivery. Observational healthcare data is a potentially highly valuable resource for clinical research but the understanding of it and its contextualisation is crucial. It is in this area where Dr Williams is keen to focus attention moving forward as more and more data sets become available for research use.