Claire Bloomfield

chief operating officer, National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging at University of Oxford

Claire is a senior research management professional, with experience of working both directly as an academic researcher and also as a senior research administrator.

Claire obtained her Doctorate in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, and held research fellowships in Oxford and the United States before moving into a career as a research management professional. Claire worked for the Medical Research Council, the largest of the seven publicly funded government agencies responsible for coordinating and funding research in the UK. Claire supported the research funding and governance activities of 700 researchers across the MRC Units and Institutes in the South East, and was involved with establishing the first MRC University Units- a new strategic concept for the MRC.

Claire then returned to the University of Oxford, to establish the CRUK Oxford Centre. The Centre was a new type of entity for the University, being a virtual centre with the mission to facilitate research across a variety of disciplines and different Departmental structures to enhance cancer research activity at the University and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Centre’s research mission to harness world leading science to cure cancer is delivered through a model of boundary spanning networking and facilitation of new research activities.

Claire has supported a range of high-profile multidisciplinary and pan-Divisional grant initiatives for the University, and has most recently focused on early detection for cancer and the use of AI for health care. Claire is now leading the delivery of one of these initiatives, as COO for the new National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging, which will be the launchpad for further growth of AI for health care in the university.

She also oversees new strategic initiatives in cancer research across the university, through her role as the Head of Strategy and Innovation for the CRUK Oxford Centre.