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Alan Young

Director of Information Science

  • MRC PHRU Theme Leader

Alan’s role as Director of Information Science encompasses both strategic oversight of IT across Oxford Population Health and specific responsibility for the DBA and Core Programming teams.

These teams handle systems management and integration, remote data acquisition, online questionnaires, randomization services, large-scale data curation and distribution, infrastructure support, database management and the evaluation/introduction of new technologies.

Alan is also the Systems Architect for the UK Biobank project, designing and building (with his team) much of the clinical and data handling systems that underpin it.

Prior to joining the Clinical Trial Service Unit & Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU) in 1994, Alan was originally a mathematician gaining a Prize 1st at Wadham College (1983-86) then a University Junior Mathematical Prize while at St Cross College.

His doctoral thesis, and subsequent postdoctoral work for the UK Department of the Environment, centred on computer modelling of complex physical and biological ecosystems. Following this, he worked as a mathematical geneticist for 3 years in what became the WTCHG, developing a variety of analysis programs.

In parallel, Alan was for 5 years a junior fellow at University College, teaching mathematics to students at all levels, and spent 15 years as a martial arts instructor.