Aziz Sheikh OBE, BSc, MBBS, MSc, MD, FRCGP, FRCP, FRCPE, FRSE, FFPH, FMedSci, FACMI, FFCI is Professor of Primary Care Research & Development and Director of The University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics. He read Physiology (BSc) and Medicine (MBBS) at University College London, Epidemiology (MSc) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and obtained his MD from Imperial College London. He has substantive research interests in asthma/allergy, health inequalities and using health information technology to enhance the quality, safety and efficiency of health care. He has had over £75m in research grants and published over 1000 peer-reviewed publications. He is the inaugural director of the 14 university collaborative Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, which is leveraging the UK’s extensive electronic infrastructure to transform the ways in which applied research is undertaken in the UK. He has served as GP Adviser to the British Medical Journal, Methodology Adviser to PLOS Medicine and is currently joint Editor-in-Chief of Nature Partnership Journal: Primary Care Respiratory Medicine (formerly Primary Care Respiratory Journal). He has recently returned from a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Health Policy and Practice Fellowship based in Boston MA, USA. He served on the UK Government’s Research Excellence Framework for Medicine (REF 2014), is a member of Sub-Panel A for REF 2021, and leads the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) Forum on Data Science and AI in Healthcare. He has served as an adviser to the World Bank and is a member of the leadership team of WHO's Global Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm. He is co-director of Harvard Medical School's Safety, Quality and Informatics Leadership (SQIL) Program. He was Visiting Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and holds visiting professorships with the Universities of Birmingham, Queen Mary’s University of London and Maastricht University. Aziz was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Medicine and Health Care in 2014.