Prof Niels Peek MSc, PhD

Professor of Health Informatics

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  • Director, Christabel Pankhurst Institute for Health Technology Research and Innovation
  • Co-director, International Centre for Translational Digital Health
  • Theme lead for Health and Care, Digital Futures
  • Research theme lead for Safety Informatics, NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR GM PSTRC)
  • Cross-cutting theme lead for Informatics and Data Science, NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Manchester BRC)
  • Fellow, Alan Turing Institute
  • Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics
  • Associate editor, BMJ Health & Care Informatics
  • Editorial board member, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
  • Editorial board member, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine journal
  • Editorial board member, Health Data Science journal


I am Professor of Health Informatics in the Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Science (School of Health Sciences, FBMH), and Director of the Christabel Pankhurst Institute for Health Technlogy Research and Innovation. My background is in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. 

My research focuses on translational data science for risk prediction, personalised and precision medicine, patient safety, and multimorbidity. I have co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications. From 2013 to 2017 I was the President of the Society for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. From 2016 to 2020, I led the Greater Manchester Connected Health City, which was part of a £20M government investment to establish a learning health system in the North of England. In April 2017, I organised the Informatics for Health 2017 conference in Manchester which was attended by more than 800 people from 30 countries. In the same year, I also co-chaired the Scientific Programme Committee of MEDINFO-2017, the 16th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics, which was held in Hangzhou, China. I am associate editor of BMJ Health and Care Informatics, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine journal. I am a fellow of the Alan Turing Institute and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.


  • 2000 - PhD, Computer Science - Utrecht University
  • 1994 - MSc, Computer Science - Utrecht University
  • 1994 - MSc, Artificial Intelligence - Utrecht University

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