Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

Dr Abi Beane

Abi's research programme aims to improve care for critically ill patients globally, by establishing mechanisms for continuous data driven evaluation, evidence generation and practice change within routine care. Abi's core work focuses on implementing and using the components of learning health systems to generate data driven research to address inequalities in critical care outcomes.

Dr Abi Beane

Reader, Critical Care Medicine and Health Systems Development

Contact details

Group Members

  • Ms Summaiyah Rashan (Research Assistant) - Based at Department of Targeted Intervention, University College London
  • Dr Swagata Tripathy  (PhD student)- Supervisor (co) based at University of Edinburgh
  • Ms Aasiyah Rashan  (PhD student)- Supervisor (co) based at University College London
  • Dr Diptesh Aryal  (PhD student)- Supervisor based at Instituto D'Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, Brazil
  • Ms Vrindha Pari (PhD student)- Supervisor (co) based at University of Birmingham
  • Ms Prydarshana Dilanthi Gamage (PhD student)- Supervisor (co) based at University of Birmingham

Research Overview

Abi co-leads the Wellcome UKRI Collaboration for Research, Implementation and Training in Asia and Africa. Under this umbrella, she works with research consortiums to develop and implement near real time digital healthcare registries, undertake population health surveillance and interventional research in LMICs. Her work combines health services, qualitative and data science research methods, to test how clinical registries can be leveraged to provide real-time feedback for public health surveillance, critical care practice improvement, and how registries can better enable equitable participation of diverse populations in international clinical trials. She is motivated by team science and how together we may solve problems by blending disciplines of science and education as part of a community of practice.

Biographical Profile

Abi trained as an adult nurse at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, and completed an MSc in Critical Care Medicine at Queen Mary’s University London. A critical care nurse by background Abi has worked clinically with international organisations providing emergency surgical and medical care during conflict in West Africa and Asia. She completed a postgraduate training in Advanced Practice at King's College London, and completed a PhD at University of Amsterdam. Abi's PhD focused on developing the methodologies and implementing the infrastructure for learning health systems in resource constrained settings. During this period co-founded NICS MORU - a non profit research unit based in Sri Lanka, which develops and curates digital registries to strengthen research caparty and facilitate data driven service improvement in over 17 countries internationally. Abi was appointed as a Reader in Critical care Medicine and Health Systems Development at the University of Edinburgh in 2022.

Honours and Awards

Awarded the Intensive Care Society Gold Medal for Research in 2019.

Other Responsibilities

  • Chair of Trustees NICST (UK charity 1171106)
  • Data Advisory Committee IDDO
  • Honorary senior lecturer , Department of Interventional Surgery, UCL
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Birmingham.



  • Professor Rashan Haniffa, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor  Manu Shankar-Hari, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Nazir Lone, University of Edinburgh


  • Professor Arjen M Dondorp, University of Oxford
  • Professor Ramani Moonesinge, University College London
  • Professor Krishnarajah Nirantharakumar, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Jorge Salluh Instituto D'Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, Brazil