Rod Smallwood FREng HonFRCP
R H Smallwood BSc MSc PhD FREng HonFRCP FIEE FInstP
Professor of Computational Biology
Director of Research and Innovation (Healthcare across the Disciplines)
my career, following University (BSc Physics UCL 1966, MSc Solid State
Physics Lancaster 1967), can be considered in four periods. First,
twelve years in the NHS, during which I was awarded a PhD (Medical
Physics Sheffield 1976), progressed from Basic Grade Physicist to Top
Grade Physicist, and was primarily involved in research and
development. Second, ten years in the NHS which were dominated by
service development and management, at the end of which I was acting as
Business Manager for the Directorate of Medical Physics and Clinical
Engineering. Third, from about 1990, I
re-established a research reputation and gained a Personal Chair
(Professor of Medical Engineering) whilst
still employed by the NHS (1995), and then moved to the University of
Sheffield as Head of Medical Physics and Engineering in the Medical
School (1996). In Medical Physics and
Engineering, my major achievement was to take the department from a 2C
rating in 1996 as a component part of a much larger unit to a 5A
stand-alone rating in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. I was
elected a Fellow of the Royal
Academy of Engineering in 2001 and and
Honorary Fellow of the Royal
College of Physicians in 2002. The fourth period commenced
with changing my research interests from medical engineering to
computational biology, and moving to Computer Science as Professor of
Computational Biology, whilst still retaining a position in the Medical
School. From 2003 to 2008 I was the University's Director of Research
for Engineering, and from August 2009 I have been the University's
Director of Research & Innovation for Healthcare across the
Teaching: I have established
three degree courses at Sheffield (MSc in Medical Physics and Clinical
Engineering, BSc/MPhys in Physics with Medical Physics, BEng/MEng in
Biomedical Engineering). The department’s teaching was assessed
together with Physics and Astronomy, and was rated Excellent. I was a
QAA Specialist Subject Reviewer for Physics and Astronomy. In Computer
Science I have taught an Advanced Research Topic (an Introduction to
Computational Systems Biology), shared the oversight of the Darwin
group projects, and taught COM
2040 on Professional Issues.
Professional: I am a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the Institute of Physics, and was a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. I was one of the first six non-medics to be elected an Affiliate of the Royal College of Physicians. I have been continuously involved in professional activities, principally with the IEE and IPEM, for the past 25 years. I am a past President of IPEM. I am a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.
MRC. E A
Trowbridge & R H Smallwood. The characteristics of fatigue-induced
failure in pericardial heterografts. 1/10/86 to 30/9/88. £32,444
(initial funding) and £19,945 (1 year extension to above)
University Research Fund. R H Smallwood, E A Trowbridge & C E Crofts. The mechanical properties and failure modes of compliant biological composites. 22/12/88. £3000
MRC. D G Thomas, R H Smallwood & N W Read. Control of bladder and bowel function in paraplegics by sacral root stimulation. 17/10/88-30/9/90. £82,659.
Special Trustees to the Former United Sheffield Hospitals. N W Read & R H Smallwood. Control of bladder and bowel function in paraplegics by sacral root stimulation. 20/7/88. £11,000.
Bardhan Research Trust. R H Smallwood. The measurement of gastro-esophageal reflux and gastric acid using electrical impedance tomography. 1/10/92-30/9/96. £45,000.
Action Research. R H Smallwood, D C Barber and W B Tindale. The application of three-dimensional Electrical Impedance Tomography in the investigation of ventilation-perfusion defects. £91,001. 1/10/94-30/9/97.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. (R H Smallwood), G Hahn and I Sipinkovà. Equipment for collaborative study of ventilation in pigs using electrical impedance tomography. 1/95. £19,000. (Equipment grant from the DfG for collaborative work in Göttingen).
MRC. R H Smallwood, B H Brown and R A Primhak. Pilot studies of electrical impedance tomography (EIT) of the chest in infants. 1/2/95-31/1/96. £24,900.
Trent Regional Health Authority. R A Primhak, R H Smallwood and B H Brown. Pilot studies of electrical impedance tomography (EIT) of the chest in infants. 1/4/95-30/9/96. £45,600.
EPSRC. B H Brown, D C Barber and R H Smallwood. Electrical impedance spectra of biological tissues. 1/10/96-31/12/99. £117,707.
EPSRC. R H Smallwood. A multi-media arthroscopic simulator of surgical procedures. 1/10/96-30/9/99. £123,305
ESPRIT. R H Smallwood. TASM: HPCN-enabled tomographic analysis with scanning microscopy. 1/6/98-30/11/99. €277,800.
EPSRC GR/M36205. B H Brown, R H Smallwood, R A Primhak. Electrical impedance tomographic spectroscopy (EITS) measurement from and modelling of neonatal lungs. 1/10/98-30/9/01. £211,824
EPSRC GR/M60859. R H Smallwood, K D Bardhan, B H Brown, T J Stephenson, C J Stoddard, D R Hose, J M R Weaver. Optimal electrical impedance techniques for identifying pre-cancerous tissue. 1/12/99-30/11/2002. £243,313
EPSRC GR/R16815. P V Lawford, S Mac Neil, E Freedlander, D R Hose, R H Smallwood. Measurement of tension generated by cultured human keratinocytes. 1/01/01-30/06/01. £27,881.
EPSRC GR/N23974. R H Smallwood, P J Harley, B Davies, H P Wynn, D Bickerstaff. Innovative haptics for risk mediation in VR Arthroscopic training. 1/7/01-30/6/04. £366,188
EPSRC GR/N25459. B Davies, R H Smallwood, P J Harley, H P Wynn, D Bickerstaff. Innovative haptics for risk mediation in VR Arthroscopic training. 1/7/01-30/6/04. £219,673 (Imperial College)
EPSRC GR/R42320. F C Hamdy, R H Smallwood. Electrical impedance spectroscopy of urothelium. 1/6/2001-31/5/2002. £51,463
EPSRC GR/R48032. R H
Smallwood, F C Hamdy, J Southgate, M Meuth. Characterisation of normal
and malignant urothelium. 1/10/2001-30/9/2005. £477,928
GR/S62321. R H Smallwood, W M L Holcombe, R
D R Hose, J Southgate, R H Clayton, S Mac Neil. The Epitheliome:
computational modelling of epithelial tissue. 1/01/2005-31/12/2009.
Southgate, R H Smallwood,
W M L Holcombe, R J Gaizauskas,
D R Hose, R H Clayton, S Mac Neil. The Epitheliome:
computational modelling of epithelial tissue. 1/01/2005-31/12/2009.
BBSRC BBSB04056. E Qwarnstrom, R Smallwood, M Holcombe. Mathematical analysis of regulation of limiting NF-kB activity. 1/10/04-31/09/07. £173,988
BBSRC BB/E002676/1 R Smallwood, K Groom,
Commercial contract. R Smallwood and S Mac Neil. Computational and biological models of skin. 2011-2013. £500,000
EU FP7 Work Package 3. R
Smallwood, B Brook. AirPROM - Airway Disease: Predicting Outcomes
through Patient Specific Computational Modelling. 2011-2016. €12m
total, ~€1m for WP3.