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Professor Adrian Davis OBE

Visiting Professor

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise:
Vision and eye research
Research Supervision:

Professor Davis is a scientist whose research has focused on the areas of epidemiology and public health aspects of hearing. He has translated that research into practice across the NHS in England and the UK.

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He has had a long-standing interest in data and analytics related to healthcare and has been responsible for digital innovation across NHS healthcare. Over the last ten years a major research interest and vehicle has been the Global Burden of Disease and its local application in the UK, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Professor Davis is responsible for research and systematic review that lead to newborn hearing screening in England and many other places. His appointments include:

  • Director of Newborn Screening Programmes for Hearing and Physical Examination (2000-2010) and Director MRC Hearing and Communication Group (2004–2013)
  • Director responsible for ‘modernising’ hearing services for children and adults in England and supported changes in the rest of UK (DH and NHS appointments with support of MRC, Universities – Nottingham, Manchester and UCL)
  • Strategic Procurement lead for Department of Health and NHS for hearing aids
  • Deputy Chair Department of Health Physiological Measurement Board (2010–2016)
  • Department of Health’s Diagnostics committee member (2010–2016)
  • Global Burden of Disease scientific lead for hearing and for England
  • Scientific Council Advisory Board IHME University Washington (2012–2021)
  • Vice President Action of Hearing Loss (2017-2022)
  • Patron of the Ear Foundation (2015–2020).

Professor Davis has also held visiting professorships at Imperial College London, and London School of Economics; and an honorary professorship at UCL.