Kerina Jones is an Associate Professor of Health Informatics at the College of Medicine. She is part of the senior management team of the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) system, and leads the Governance initiatives to ensure data protection and to maximise data utility. She has led the development of successful bids to extend the SAIL system and to secure research grants. She is a co-investigator on the centre grant for CIPHER: the Centre for the Improvement of Population Health through Erecords Research, and leads the Innovative Governance workstream for the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research. She is a co-investigator on the centre grant for CADRE: the Centre for Administrative Data Research & Evaluation, one of four Administrative Data Research Centres (ADRCs) in the UK. Within this she holds the position of Associate Director for Data and Methodologies. She also leads the Public Involvement and Engagement in data linkage research workstream for SAIL, CIPHER and CADRE. As part of this work, she established an active Consumer Panel for data linkage research.
Kerina is engaged in many projects that bring together disparate sources of data to enhance research and enable new types of studies to be conducted, and has a keen interest in the development of innovative disease registers. She leads the flagship UK Multiple Sclerosis Register, the data model for which brings together clinical data, routinely-collected data and a wealth of patient-reported data to create new knowledge about MS. With an academic background in Biochemistry, she is also particularly interested in projects where laboratory data can be linked to routinely collected health related records to create rich datasets for research. She is actively publishing research and methodology articles.