I have been announced as this year’s winners of the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Healthcare Technologies, William James Award for early-career researchers. I was recognised by IET for my work developing developing smartphone-based technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) strategies to monitor disease progression for people with neurodegenerative diseases.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Healthcare Technologies Awards

The annual Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Healthcare Technologies Awards encourage and support the work and research of academics and newly qualified professionals in healthcare, medical and biomedical engineering arenas. The IET William James Award, instated by Professor Christopher James in honour of his late father William James, is presented to an early-career researcher whose PhD work “has demonstrated the most potential to contribute towards the development and improvement of the Biomedical Engineering field”.


The IET William James Award was presented specifically for my research where I helped to develop a simple smartphone-based, at-home examination tool, named “Draw-a-Shape”, which was the first published step in validating digital biomarkers for MS, from the landmark FLOODLIGHT study. An example of my research can be found at: https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6579/ab8771

I would like to express my gratitude to my PI Prof. Clifton, Prof. Maarten De Vos, F-Hoffmann La Roche, GSK, as well as all our collaborators and those who have mentored us along the way”.

IET Annual Healthcare Lecture

As part of the award, I receive a £500 prize, a years free membership to IET, as well as a guest lecture on my research at the IET Annual Healthcare Lecture on Wednesday 8th December 2021 from 10:00 – 11:30am GMT. For more details see IET Annual Healthcare Lecture.

Click here to register for the IET Annual Healthcare Lecture 2021 lecture.

Further Information

More details on the award can be found on the Dept. of Engineering website news article: “Clinical AI Researchers Win IET Healthcare Technologies Award”