Centre for In Vivo Imaging

Staff Profiles

Dr John Allen

Lead Clinical Scientist / Honorary Reader in Microcirculation and Vascular Optics


Honorary Newcastle University position (Reader in Microcirculation).

Academic and clinic lead for Microvascular Diagnostics. PHSI - "Vascular Optics and the Microcirculation"

Member of Executive Committee for Centre for In Vivo Imaging (CIVI), Newcastle University and Newcastle's Hospitals.

Centre for In-vivo imaging : vascular optics

The Present

I continue to collaborate with Dr Andrew Sims and his team in Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Newcastle Hospitals. My substantive post to be a Chair position at Coventry University's new Centre for Intelligent Healthcare from July 2020, and retaining an honorary position at Newcastle University. Professor of Biosensors and Bioinstrumentation.

Roles and Responsibilities

Lead scientist in setting up microvascular measurement facilities for Newcastle Hospitals. Specialist in Microvascular Imaging including capillaroscopy and thermal imaging.

R&D: Responsible for securing and managing grant funded research projects - vascular optics focus. With current collaborations in last 5 years this now totals ~£3.3M for R&D projects. Chief Investigator for one project (NIHR funded £1.3M) - overseeing the development of a new vascular optics assessment device for PAD detection in primary care - leading a multi-disciplinary team from 4 partner organisations.



PhD Medical Physics, Newcastle University, 2002.

MSc Bioengineering, Strathclyde University, 1989.

BEng (2:1) Control Engineering, Sheffield University, 1985.



Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), registered Clinical Scientist (CS00033).

Chartered Scientist (CSci), Science Council.

Chartered Engineer (CEng), Engineering Council.

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Physiological Measurement Special Interest Group (IPEM). Member 2017-2020.

Honours and Awards

Recognition from IPEM and IoP (Physiological Measurement) for obtaining greater than a 1000 citations for a research article that I had written. This is the largest by far for the leading international medical physics journal. July 2019.

Record citations on PPG

IET Innovations Awards 2017. Finalist in 2 categories for the new PulsePad vascular optics device: Healthcare Technology and Emerging Technology Design. Both Highly Commended - International awards ceremony, London November 2017. Lead for project.

Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society - Imaging Scientist (ASIS FRPS), 2014.

The honour to be invited to join the PM at a Reception in Lancaster House in London (2007) - in recognition of those "Delivering excellence in Public Services".

Submitted, on behalf of Cardiovascular Physics and Engineering Research Group, the winning entries for the 2006 NHS Health and Social Care Award for Innovative Technology and the 2007 IPEM Manufacturers' Award.

Awarded Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) Travel Bursary to visit Porto European Thermology conference, September 2012. Also, awarded a bursary to visit hospitals and universities in Cuba, November 2006 (Visiting Professorship: Biofisica Medica, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba 2006/2007).

Fully funded / invited academic visit to present work and meet with clinical engineering colleagues and discuss collaborative opportunities. China (Beijing and Shenzhen) May 2017.



NU FMS Population Health Sciences Institute: Vascular Biology and Medicine main theme:

See also:

Coventry University Centre for Intelligent Healthcare

and: My ORCID ...

Esteem Indicators

Chair position secured at Coventry University's Centre for Intelligent Healthcare.

Have contributed to the publication of more than 70 full peer reviewed papers, ~10 book chapters, ~20 conference papers and made more than 100 formal scientific presentations to medical and scientific colleagues, and to industrial partners. 1 US/EU granted patent. Most recent outing: co-organised, chaired and presented a mini-symposium on photoplethysmography at the IEEE EMBC'19 Biomedical Engineering meeting in Berlin this summer - presenting work on a PPG based vascular assessment device development and related technologies.

Editorial Board, Physiological Measurement. Institute of Physics Publishing. Also, for Sensors and for Frontiers in Physiology.

External PhD Examiner: Eindhoven University, City - The University of London, Dundee University, Loughborough University, Nottingham University, University of South Wales, and Anglia Ruskin University.

Photoplethysmography = keeping one's finger on that pulse. See the score in context of wider impact on https://iop.altmetric.com/details/1311793#score

Chair position at Coventry University's new Centre for Intelligent Healthcare - Biosensors and Bioinstrumentation, from July 2020 and retaining my honorary position at Newcastle University.


Undergraduate Teaching

Newcastle University. Honorary Reader.

Postgraduate Teaching

Moderning Scientific Careers (MSC) Programme:

STP Trainee Clinical Scientists / Clinical Engineers / Bioinformatics.