G-BINARy Group

Glasgow Brain Injury Neuroinformatics Advanced Research Group


The Glasgow Brain Injury Neuroinformatics Advanced Research Group is a collaboration, based at Glasgow’s Southern General, between scientists (Computer Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience & Clinical Physics) and Neuro clinicians (Neurosurgery, Neuro-Intensive Care and Neuropathology).

Our aim is to improve the acute clinical management of brain injured patients through the novel development and application of advanced computational, artificial intelligence and knowledge discovery methodsto high resolution physiological monitoring and clinical management data collected from patients managed within neuro intensive care and neurospecialist wards.


Dr Laura Moss*

Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence


Dr Moss' principal research interest lies in developing innovative health informatics approaches which drive clinical knowledge discovery. She has experience of complex data analysis from clinical datasets and has designed tools to support clinical reasoning. Prior to joining NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Dr Moss gained a PhD from the University of Aberdeen for work on an approach to the refinement of semantic web knowledge bases, comprising analogical reasoning and the automatic generation of explanations for clinical anomalies. Continuing this interest in understanding, capturing, and representing complex reasoning processes, Dr Moss is more recently interested in the automated generation of explanations, how they can be created from large scale datasets, and the use of these techniques to create scrutable, transparent and accountable artificial intelligence systems for use in healthcare. Dr Moss is a member of the IDEAS (Intelligent Data Exploration and Analysis) research group (http://ideasresearch.org/lmoss.html) and has contributed to artificial intelligence areas such as knowledge acquisition, representation and reasoning, machine learning, argumentation, and human expertise/computation studies. Additionally, she is a member of the BrainIT research group and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, University of Glasgow.

* Group Lead

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 and is a current NHS Research Scotland Fellow. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Neuroscience, completed his MBBS at University College London and his MD in Physiological and Pharmacological Modelling at the University of Glasgow. His clinical work is focused on the care of patients with brain and spinal injuries while his research reflects the belief that the innovative use of technology can lead to advances in patient care. He has been funded by 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 Roddy O’Kane



Mr Roddy 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.

Miss Maya Kommer

Neurosurgery/PhD student


Miss Maya Kommer is a Specialty Registrar in Neurosurgery in her final years of training at the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow and is undertaking a PhD at the University of Glasgow. She holds a BA in medical sciences with a special interest in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford and completed her medical degree at King’s College London. She has successfully passed her intercollegiate fellowship examination in Neurosurgery. Her current research interests include intracranial pressure monitoring and hydrocephalus.

Dr Ian Piper

Neuroscience/Clinical Physics


Dr Ian 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 (www.brainit.org), 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 Martin 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 (www.car-net.org), a research group interested in sharing techniques, ideas and data relating to cerebral autoregulation and is on the steering group for the network.