My principal research passion concerns digital pathology and its potential, both as a diagnostic tool, and as a platform for future image based research. My main focus is on patient safety aspects of the technology, and the education and training of diagnostic pathologists. I find it immensely rewarding to be working in such a rapidly changing field, and the chance to participate in the evolution of cancer diagnostics and pathology service delivery. I feel particularly fortunate to be working in the North of England at this time, with a range of innovative projects and deployments being initiated in the universities and healthcare trusts of the region.
In the course of my Leadership Fellowship, I devised and initiated a research project, a systematic analysis of glass: digital discordance, which I have presented at a number of international meetings. The results of this project informed the writing of a novel validation protocol for digital pathology, which I have developed in collaboration with a diagnostic pathology department in Linking, Sweden. This protocol, and its philosophy has been well received in the digital pathology community, and attracted the attention of the Royal College of Pathologists. I feel a PhD would be the ideal means for me to develop my ideas further, form more research links both within the Northern universities, and internationally, and pursue my passion and produce more quality research in this field.