University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities, ranked sixth in the world in 2013/14 (THES-QS). The successful NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre includes a theme on Haematology and Stem Cells, with sub-themes on blood cancer and its treatment, red cells, and transfusion and controlling blood loss and abnormal clotting.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has an internationally recognised track record of research into transfusion medicine. In 2012, NHSBT made the strategic decision to build strength in donor health research through the appointment of a NHSBT-supported Principal Investigator (Professor Di Angelantonio) at the University of Cambridge. In 2018, former-Dr Di Angelantonio was appointed the inaugural NHSBT Professor of Donor Health, based in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Cambridge.


Professor David Roberts

Associate Medical Director at NHS Blood and Transplant

Deputy Director of the National Institute for Health Research Blood and Transplant Research Unit (NIHR BTRU) in Donor Health and Genomics

Professor Roberts is a Professor of Haematology at the University of Oxford, Radcliffe Department of Medicine. He held a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Clinical Science and a Howard Hughes International Research Scholarship before appointment as a Principal Investigator in NHSBT. Professor Roberts leads the NIHR-funded Programme “Erythropoiesis in Health and Disease” (£3.5 million) and is co-chief investigator, with Professor Danesh, of the INTERVAL Trial. He leads the cross-cutting Work Theme on Service Translation within the National Institute for Health Research Blood and Transplant Research Unit (NIHR BTRU) in Donor Health and Genomics and contributes to all three themes.