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.


Mr Michael Canty



Michael 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 in 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.

Dr Laura Moss*

Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence


Dr Laura Moss is a Computer Scientist in the Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. 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 in 2010 for work on an approach to the refinement of semantic web knowledge bases, comprising the automatic generation of explanations for anomalies and analogical reasoning. This work was evaluated in the Critical Care medical field. She then moved to NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde where she became a member of the IDEAS (Intelligent Data Exploration and Analysis) research group, and is currently responsible for leading research into the artificial intelligence fields of knowledge capture & refinement for decision support, hypothesis generation, and intelligent data analysis. In addition, she is a member of the European BrainIT research group and works in collaboration with several external research groups. She has extensive experience of working within multidisciplinary teams. Dr Moss holds honorary research positions in the School of Medicine, University of Glasgow, and Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen

* Group Lead

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.

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.

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 Defense and the Chief Scientist’s Office in Scotland.