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Alexander Rushforth

PhD


Post-doctoral researcher

Innovation, knowledge translation, organizational change, research impact

Alex is a post-doctoral researcher in the cross-cutting Partnership for Health, Wealth and Innovation program theme in the Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). Working with Trish Greenhalgh, Nick Fahy, and Pavel Osveiko, he is carrying out "research on research" - looking at early- and late-stage translational research initiatives.

For early stage initiatives, he is researching how learning occurs in public-private partnerships between universities, industry, patient groups, and the NHS in the area of drug discovery and development. He is particularly interested in experiments with “open source” partnership platforms, which aim to subvert traditional innovation approaches premised upon restricting access to knowledge through enforcement of intellectual property rights.

His research on later stage translation focuses on efforts to translate advances in biomedical knowledge of disease into healthcare systems. For this he is following efforts to move primary and secondary care in the NHS into an era of “personalized” and “precision medicine”. This will involve tracking efforts to re-write guidelines and conduct novel implementation research on new or existing interventions premised around personalized forms of diagnosis and care.

As a sociologist he is particularly interested in the social and cultural dimensions of health and innovation policies and systems. His work is informed by various literatures, including organizational learning and science and technology studies. 

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