SeRP Director awarded OBE in queen’s New Year’s honours.

Professor Ronan Lyons was appointed OBE for his services to Research, Innovation and Public Health.
Ronan is Clinical Professor of Public Health at Swansea University Medical School and one of the two directors at SeRP and Population Data Science. He also conducts research focused on the secondary use of health data to support the targeting and evaluation of health and non-health service interventions to improve prevention, care and rehabilitation.
Professor Lyons said:

“I am delighted and honoured to receive this award."
“It undoubtedly reflects the widespread appreciation of the contribution to society of the research we have conducted and enabled through our SeRP technology. It is great recognition of our wonderful team science approach and national and international collaborations.”

Since the pandemic's start, Professor Lyons and team have used insights from the rich health data on the SAIL Databank SeRP tenancy to support governments - providing intelligence to the Welsh Government's Technical Advisory Group, subsequently feeding into the UK's SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies). Their work has also supported the NHS, and vulnerable communities to combat the COVID-19 crisis, so that they can protect and save lives in the UK and globally.
Professor Lyons is also site director for Wales and Northern Ireland, Research Director and National Lead for Improving Public Health with Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), a £50+ million investment by UK research funders led by the Medical Research Council.
He is also Associate Director of Administrative Data Research (ADR) Wales (Economic Social Research Council), Deputy Director of the National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research and Associate Director of the Medical Research Council’s Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) Data Portal. His current grant portfolio exceeds £45 million.
Other senior roles include Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Australia; Honorary Consultant with Public Health Wales NHS Trust; and Chair of the International Collaborative Effort on Injury Statistics and Methods (US CDC).