Professor Ronan Lyons

Professor Ronan Lyons

Co-Director, Secure Anonymised Information Linkage Databank (SAIL)

Ronan is Clinical Professor of Public Health at Swansea University, Honorary Consultant in Public Health with Public Health Wales NHS Trust and an adjunct professor at Monash University, Australia.

He is currently Research Director for Health Data Research UK (HDRUK), principal investigator for the Wales and Northern Ireland site and national lead for the Improving Public Health scientific programme.

The focus of Ronan’s research is the use of routine data in cohorts, trials and in the evaluation of natural experiments and complex interventions. He led the development of a number of total population electronic cohorts in Wales as platforms for the evaluation of interventions and policies across the lifecourse, utilising the SAIL Databank which he co-directs.

Responding to the COVID19 crisis, Ronan’s team was seconded to work for the Welsh Government’s COVID19 Technical Advisory Group, leading on data linkage insights into the pandemic in Wales.

He was also a member of the MRC/DHSC COVID19 Rapid Research Panel and is Principal Investigator of the Medical Research Council funded award Controlling COVID19 through enhanced population surveillance and intervention (Con-COV): a platform approach, a collaboration between academia, the NHS and Welsh Government.

Professor Lyons will be facilitating the "using linked data to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales" workshop, and will be a part of our plenary panel session.