Group Members

Dr Laura Moss – Group Lead

Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence

Dr Moss' principal research field is knowledge engineering and the semantic web, specifically the capture, representation and subsequent refinement of knowledge for use in intelligent medical systems. Dr Moss gained a PhD from the University of Aberdeen for work on an approach to the refinement of semantic web knowledge bases. This work was applied to critical care medicine. She then moved to NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde where she became a member of the IDEAS research group (, and is currently responsible for leading research into the application of artificial intelligence in the medical domain. In addition, she is a member of the European BrainIT research group and works in collaboration with several external research groups. Dr Moss holds honorary research positions in the School of Medicine, University of Glasgow, and Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen

Mr Michael Canty


Mr Canty is a Specialty Registrar in Neurosurgery currently in the middle of his training at the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow. He first studied Pharmacology at University College Dublin, then went on to obtain a Masters in Life Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, before studying Medicine at Oxford. His interests include traumatic brain injury and the applications of measuring intracranial pressure. He is a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and so has a strong interest in traumatic injury in general and specifically military neurosurgery.

Dr Chris Hawthorne

Neuro Intensive Care

Dr Hawthorne is a Consultant in Head and Neck Anaesthesia and Neurocritical Care at the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow. He graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Neuroscience and subsequently completed his MBBS at University College London. His clinical work is focused on the care of patients with brain and spinal injuries. His current research reflects this clinical interest and belief that the innovative use of technology can lead to advances in patient care. He holds funding from the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia and Innovate UK. Ongoing projects involve the use of informatics based techniques to interpret monitoring data from neurological intensive care patients and the application of pharmacokinetic pharmacodynamic modelling in anaesthesia.

Mr Paul McMonagle

Neuro Intensive Care

Paul McMonagle is a Staff Nurse in Neurointensive Care at the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow. He aims to take lessons learned through research to the clinical environment to improve patient safety and care. He is currently working as a Research Nurse in a Chief Scientist Office (Scotland) funded project involving the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the University of Glasgow.

Mr Roddy O’Kane


Mr O'Kane is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Institute of Neurological sciences, Southern General Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill in Glasgow. He graduated from the University of Glasgow and completed basic surgical training in the West of Scotland. He undertook his Higher Neurosurgical training at the Leeds General Infirmary. He has completed a Fellowship in paediatric Neurosurgery at Sick Kids hospital Toronto. He has a strong commitment to education and research. He has completed a Masters in Education. His major research interests are in the fields of neurotraumatology, neuro-oncology, hydrocephalus & CSF disturbance.


Dr Ian Piper

Neuroscience/Clinical Physics

Dr Piper is a Principal Health Care Scientist in the Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde responsible for intensive care monitoring services. His undergraduate training is in Physiology and Electronics with postgraduate training in Clinical Neuroscience. Dr Piper's principal research focus is on the development and validation of clinical monitoring methods useful in the study and treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury. He is co-founder and coordinator of the BrainIT Group (, a European, multi-centre collaborative network for research into the development of new monitoring and management technology for tracking and improving patient care.

Dr Martin Shaw

Mathematics/Clinical Physics

Dr Shaw is a Principal Clinical Physicist working for the Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Trust. He is Head of the Anaesthesia Physics section which focuses on finding novel technical solutions to complex clinical problems. He holds degrees in Mathematics and Clinical Physics from the University of Glasgow. His primary research area is in mathematical modelling of cerebral haemodynamics and more specifically cerebral autoregulation. He is one of the co-founders of the cerebral autoregulation network (, a research group interested in sharing techniques, ideas and data relating to cerebral autoregulation and is on the steering group for the network.

Dr William Stewart


Dr Stewart is Consultant and Lead Neuropathologist at the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, and holds honorary Associate Professor status at the University of Glasgow (School of Medicine) and the University of Pennsylvania (Department of Neurosurgery).

He has subspecialty diagnostic and research interests in forensic neuropathology, in particular traumatic brain injury, and neuro-oncology, with a focus on molecular sub-typing of adult high-grade gliomas. Recent studies in TBI describe the range of pathologies encountered in acute and long term survivors of head injury, with reference to pathologies linking TBI to neurodegenerative disease; work supported by major national and international grants from the US National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Defence and the Chief Scientist’s Office in Scotland.