Data science strategic advisory group

The data science strategic advisory group (DSAG) is responsible for advising and shaping the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) strategy for data science and takes a broad and long term perspective of MRC’s role, in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and in the wider UK data science landscape.

The group takes a very broad perspective of data science, including:

  • digital research infrastructure consisting of computing and data infrastructure, stewardship and sharing; trusted research environments; software and networks
  • science across MRC’s boards and panels, through partnerships within UKRI, with other funders, industry, health departments, and other organisations (for example artificial intelligence research and application/implementation)
  • skills and capacity needed to deliver health and biomedical science
  • methodology development (in mathematics, statistics, data analysis tools and machine learning), especially data-intensive research methodologies.

Membership from August 2022

  • Professor David Ford (Chair), Swansea University
  • Professor Cathie Sudlow (Deputy Chair), The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Brendan Delaney, Imperial College London
  • Mr James Fleming, The Francis Crick Institute
  • Professor Simon Hettrick, Software Sustainability Institute
  • Professor Chris Holmes, University of Oxford
  • Professor Marcus Kaiser, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Helen Parkinson, European Bioinformatics Institute, European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Professor Mark Parsons, The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor John Quackenbush, Harvard University
  • Professor Magnus Rattray, The University of Manchester
  • Dr Jeremy Sharp, JISC
  • Dr Kenji Takeda, Microsoft Research

See the data science strategic advisory group conflicts of interest register.


Dr Michael Ball – MRC Head of Data Science


Dr Yan Yip – Programme Manager for Data Science (DSAG Secretariat)


Last updated: 17 October 2022

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