About Us

London IVD Co-operative is a partnership between Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. We are one of four NIHR centres in England that generate evidence to support diagnostic test development. We achieve this by developing research methods to expedite evidence generation – and by collaborating with various stakeholders to support this process. We work with clinicians to identify unmet needs for diagnostics – and we work with diagnostic test developers to explore the utility of specific tests within UK NHS settings. By facilitating the adoption of new, improved tests into clinical practice we hope to improve the quality of patient care within the NHS.

Leadership & Administration

Prof. George Hanna

Director and Gut Health Theme Lead

Methodology Team

Prof. Peter Buckle

Human Factors expert and Principal Research Fellow at Imperial College

Dr. Simon Walne

Human Factors expert and Research Associate at Imperial College

Dr. Melody Ni

Expert in Decision theory and Senior Research Associate at Imperial College

Ijeoma Uchegbu

Health Economist at Imperial College

Dr Mamta K. Bajre

Health Economist at Imperial College

Prof. James Barlow

Expert in technology adoption and Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at Imperial College Business School

Dr Pedro Rosa Dias

Dr Ileana Stigliani

Dr Tricia Tan

Professor Neil Poulter

Clinical Team

Prof. Azeem Majeed

Primary Care Theme Lead and Professor of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College

Dr. Austen El-Osta

Primary care Research Manager at Imperial College

Dr. Graham Cooke

Scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College NHS Trust

Prof. Onn Min Kon

Reader in Respiratory Medicine and Adjunct Professor at Imperial College

Prof. Des Johnston

Metabolic Medicine Theme Lead and Vice Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College

Dr. Nick Oliver

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Metabolic Medicine at Imperial College

Dr. Shivani Misra

Clinical Research Fellow in Metabolic Medicine and Pathology at Imperial College

Prof. Anthony Gordon

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Theme Lead and Reader in Critical Care Medicine at Imperial College

Mansoor Khan

Consultant Trauma Surgeon at Imperial College

Prof. Eric Alton

Respiratory Medicine Theme Lead and Professor of Gene Therapy and Respiratory Disease at Imperial College

Prof. Sebastian Johnston

Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Allergy at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) at Imperial College

Prof. David Cunningham

Cancer Theme Lead and NIHR BRC Director at The Royal Marsden.

Prof. Jane Apperley

Haematology Theme Lead and Chair of Haematology at Imperial College

Prof. Steve Bloom

Chair of Endocrinology and Investigative medicine at Imperial College

Prof. Jane Davies

Professor in Paediatric Respirology and Experimental Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College

Mr. Chris Peters

Senior Lecturer in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at Imperial College

Prof. Lord Ara Darzi

Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and Chair of Imperial College Health Partners.

Patient and Public Management

Prof. Roger Kneebone

Patient and Public Involvement Theme Lead and Professor of Surgical Education and Engagement Science

Ijeoma Uchegbu

Patient and Public Manager and Health Economist at Imperial College

Momoko Sato

Patient and Public Assistant Manager and Research Assistant at Imperial College

Patient and Public Lay Board

Dr Alison Allam

PPIEP Lay Board member

Miss Deb Smith

PPIEP Lay Board member

Mrs Diane Eaton

PPIEP Lay Board member

Mrs Marney Williams

PPIEP Lay Board member

Mr Maurice Hoffman

PPIEP Lay Board member

Technology Team

Prof Chris Toumazou

Prof Tony Cass

Prof Molly Stevens

Our Approach

In order to work effectively, diagnostic tests must interact with a wide range of different aspects of the healthcare system, including people, technologies, and processes.

By systematically analysing diagnostics’ interactions with the healthcare system, our Lean Systems Approach for Innovation (LSAI) generates data on a wide range of factors likely to be important for the adoption of the test into clinical practice. These include the clinical utility of the test (e.g. sensitivity, specificity), user needs and preferences, aspects of test design, technology compatibility, and economic factors.

Our multidisciplinary expertise – which includes clinical, technology, human factors, and health economics – provides a unique basis for examining the range of factors that might affect the adoption and integration of new diagnostics.

The diagram below illustrates the development pathway for diagnostics, as well as some the main types of expertise required to support this development. All such expertise can be found at London IVD Cooperative.


Our Partners

We work with industry bodies, clinical partners, national agancies and other NIHR infrastructures – including the other Medtech and In vitro Diagnostic Cooperatives (MICs) – and academic institutions and networks to promote new diagnostics evaluation methods.