Kerina Jones is an Associate Professor of Health Informatics at Swansea University Medical School. 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 Administrative Data Research Centre for Wales (ADRC-Wales), one of four such centres in the UK. Within this she holds the position of Associate Director for Data and Methodologies. She has also led the Public Involvement and Engagement in data linkage research workstream and 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. She has a keen interest in the development of innovative disease registers, notably, the flagship UK Multiple Sclerosis Register, 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 omic data can be linked to routinely collected health related records to create rich datasets for research. She is actively publishing research and methodology articles.