Niels Peek

Niels Peek, MSc, PhD

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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.

Methodological knowledge

  • Design and evaluation of informatics interventions
  • Computerized decision support methods
  • Statistical modelling / regression methods
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Technology acceptance models


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Digital Futures
  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Sustainable Futures


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