Proximity to Discovery: i2Health - Industrial Innovation in Healthcare

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh

Abstract

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Technical Summary

The MRC Proximity to Discovery scheme awards universities funds to help develop new collaborations, and ways of exchanging knowledge and skills.  The awards can be used to support activities that promote the value of academic-industry partnership, and enhance academic and industry researchers’ understanding of each other’s needs and capabilities.  This may be through people exchanges, creation of technology demonstrators, showcase events, commercialisation workshops and ‘entrepreneurs in residence’ schemes.  Such exchanges of knowledge and skills will boost the most fruitful collaborations between UK universities and life science companies.

Publications

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Description Edinburgh Data Science (EDS)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Influence Type: influence training of practitioners and researchers Year first realised: 2015 Geographic Influence: National Country: UK Area of policy influence: Healthcare Specific impacts: improve educational and skills level of workforce Impact Description: P2D has supported EDS - a cross university integration activity that coordinates data intensive research, innovation and training across disciplines. EDS launched a full Masters in Medical Informatics in September 2016.
 
Description Edinburgh Data Science (EDS)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact P2D has supported EDS - a cross-university integration activity that coordinates data intensive research, innovation and training across the disciplines. Initially launched as a modular Postgraduate Certificate with associated PPD and CPD programme, EDS is poised to launch a full Masters in Medical Informatics in September 2016.
 
Description IHDP
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Influence Name: Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP) Influence Type: influencing training of practitioners and researchers Year first realised: 2015 Geographic Influence: Local / Municipal / Regional Country: UK Area of policy influence: Healthcare Specific impacts: Economic impacts Impact Description: P2D supports IHDP with its aim to translate cutting edge research and innovation into measurable health and wealth gains for patients and populations. IHDP is currently focused on delivering solutions for cancer patients. The opportunity is for NHS Scotland is to build upon recent developments in informatics, data analytics, digital health and precision medicine. Influence Name: P2D China National Health & Family Planning Commission Influence Type: influencing policy and practice on medical informatics Year first realised: 2016 Geographic Influence: National Country: China Area of policy influence: Medical Informatics, Chronic Disease Management Specific impacts: Policy and economic impacts Impact Description: As China launches its huge healthcare big data push, a score of top hospitals receive an August 2016 Usher Institute masterclass at Edinburgh BioQuarter. Leaders from 20 of China's most distinguished hospitals received a bespoke masterclass in medical informatics at the University of Edinburgh's Usher Institute. http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/news/medical-informatics-for-china Influence Name: P2D Shenzhen Municipality Mayor Influence Type: influencing policy and practice on medical informatics & research Year first realised: 2016 Geographic Influence: National Country: China Area of policy influence: Medical Informatics, Chronic Disease Management Specific impacts: Policy and economic impacts Impact Description: Mayor Xu Qin of Shenzhen, a city of 18 million with a GDP greater than Ireland, held discussions at Nine Edinburgh BioQuarter with senior healthcare and life sciences staff from The University of Edinburgh and who are developing collaborations in China's 'Silicon Valley'. http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/news/upbeat-about-usher
 
Description Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact P2D supports IHDP with its overarching aim to translate cutting-edge research and innovation into measureable health and wealth gains for patients and populations. IHDP is currently focusing on delivering patient-centred solutions for cancer patients. The £2M IHDP programme was launched in May 2015 with the overarching aim to translate cutting-edge research and innovation into measureable health and wealth gains for patients and populations - in Scotland and globally. The opportunity for NHS Scotland is to build upon recent development in informatics, data analytics digital health, and precision medicine.
 
Description Nick Mackie
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Member, Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on China - raising awareness of Scotland's strengths in medical informatics and facilitating connections with universities and industry in China.
 
Description Nick Mackie
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Influence Type: influencing policy around training and internationalisation Year first realised: 2015 Geographic Influence: Local / Municipal / Regional Country: UK Area of policy influence: Healthcare Specific impacts: Economic impacts Impact Description: Member of Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on China - raising awareness of Scotland's strengths in medical informatics and facilitating connections with universities and industry in China.
 
Description P2D Ministerial Visit
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Influence Type: influencing Scottish Government's position regarding EU membership and negotiation Year first realised: 2016 Geographic Influence: National Country: Scotland / UK Area of policy influence: Higher Education and Science Specific impacts: EU Policy Impact Description: Scottish Government Further Education, Higher Education & Science Minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville visited the Usher Institute on 21 July 2016 to hear about its collaborative partnerships across the EU. http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/news/minister-praises-eu-links
 
Description Scottish Government Council of Economic Advisers
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact 5 February 2016: Facilitated by the Proximity to Discovery Programme (P2D), Scotland's First Minister, Deputy First Minister and the government's Council of Economic Advisers met at the Farr Institute / Administrative Data Research Centre. Their meeting's lead focus was data science and medical informatics and how Scotland could strengthen its position in the global marketplace. Professors Andrew Morris and Jonathan Seckl gave a keynote presentation. http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/news/first-minister-s-focus-on-data-and-health-informat
 
Description Alzheimer's Research UK Major Project Grant
Amount £166,833 (GBP)
Funding ID ARUK-PG2017B-10 
Organisation Alzheimer's Research UK 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description Knowledge and Innovation Community for Information and Communication Technologies
Amount € 900,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Translational Information and Knowledge Management Services (eTRIKS) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country European Union (EU)
Start 03/2016 
End 03/2018
 
Description : UoE-SZU 
Organisation Shenzhen University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution sharing advice / experience with a view to forming a collaboration
Collaborator Contribution sharing advice / experience with a view to forming a collaboration
Impact P2D has been instrumental in shaping this relationship, including drafting a substantial vision document for a future collaboration and an MoU which was signed in April 2016.
Start Year 2015
 
Description P2D 2014 
Organisation EU Knowledge and Innovation Community for Information and Communication Technologies (EIT Digital)
Country Hungary 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution P2D catalysed the collaboration between Farr Institute, Aridhia, BT and Italy's Reply &Engineering, Universities of Edinburgh and Trato with Local and National Medical Informatics network and knowledge
Collaborator Contribution Commercial and academic approaches to develop a commercially viable route for provision of medical / healthcare data safe havens across Europe .
Impact too early
Start Year 2015
 
Description P2D 2014 
Organisation Hua Xia Healthcare Holdings Ltd
Country Hong Kong 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Knowledge of Local and National Health informatics
Collaborator Contribution Hong Kong listed healthcare investment and management company with hospitals in Mainland China to establish an Edinburgh-based partnership that will support strategic satellite projects in China. By the reporting deadline, Memorandum of Agreement has been drafted with signing anticipated in April 2016.
Impact too early
Start Year 2015
 
Description P2D 2014 
Organisation Strategic Alliance of the Medical & Healthcare Industry of China
Country China 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Local and National knowledge Update: 2019 still managing relationships with a view to identify business opportunities
Collaborator Contribution China's largest alliance of privately invested healthcare companies, collectively owning 2,500 hospitals, to collaborate and support their operations across education, research, medical informatics and health service delivery.
Impact July 2015, the Proximity to Discovery Programme (P2D) facilitated a Memorandum of Understanding with China's largest alliance of privately invested healthcare companies, collectively owning 2,500 hospitals, to collaborate and support their operations across education, research, medical informatics and health service delivery.
Start Year 2015
 
Description P2D 2014 
Organisation Vishuo Biomedical Pte Ltd
Country Singapore 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Discussions ongoing with this Singapore based healthcare technology company on co-locating and co-working to address technical challenges in ontology development, data search, workflow analysis and process specification
Collaborator Contribution Vishou Biomedical is primarily engaged in delivering genomic sequence analysis to research institutes, health screening clinics, hospitals and pharmaceutical industry.
Impact too early
Start Year 2015
 
Description UoE-HX 
Organisation Hua Xia Healthcare Holdings Ltd
Country Hong Kong 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution expertise in medical informatics and chronic disease management
Collaborator Contribution Hong Kong listed hospital management and investment company with ambition to collaborate with the Usher Institute across education, research, medical informatics and health service delivery in China.
Impact P2D has been instrumental in shaping this collaboration. An MoU was signed in April 2016, At the close of this MRC award, a legally binding partnership funding agreement was ready for signing. No impact at close of award period - work carried forward to MC_PC_15053. In November 2016 UoE and HX formed a novel academic-industry collaboration to pursue opportunities in China's healthcare market. Both parties recognised the potential of combining forces to develop a unique international offering of products and services, drawing on expertise and excellence in training, education, research, data science, health services transformation, management and in-depth knowledge of doing business in China. In February 2018, the parties were concluding terms to form a joint venture company. Update: On 8th March 2018 a joint venture was formed called Edinburgh International Investments Ltd with 2 subsidiaries in mainland China. Currently servicing the Shenzhen People's Hospital project and establishing a 200 bed hospital in Putian, Fujian Province with a focus on diabetes, chronic disease management, paediatrics, maternity services, medical training, clinical research and medical informatics.
Start Year 2015
 
Description UoE-SZPH 
Organisation ShenZhen People’s Hospital
Country China 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution sharing advice / experience with a view to forming a collaboration
Collaborator Contribution sharing advice / experience with a view to forming a collaboration
Impact P2D has been instrumental in shaping this collaboration. A Letter of Intent was signed in October 2016. UoE received a Shenzhen Government award in May 2017, for £1.13m over 5 years, to support training and research activities to establish an international diabetes centre within Shenzhen People's Hospital based on a data driven chronic disease management model.
Start Year 2016
 
Description : P2D Business Model Innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Seeking to move beyond traditional models for exploitation and co-develop new value propositions, the June 2016 workshop assessed key variables: stakeholders, research base, development trajectories, business models, technologies and IPR strategies. Delegates were targeted to capture both breadth of expertise (sector, domain area, scope) and maximal potential for impact in order to establish collaborations among academia, industry, and law and policy makers. Delegates gained knowledge to build-in forward planning for research exploitation at the earliest stages of technology development and consider new exploitation avenues for existing technologies.
Most important impact: education and networking
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Andrew Moris engagements 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 4th March: Neurology & Digital Health Event "Healthcare in the information age". UCLPartners, London
8th March: Cross Party Group on Asthma. Scotland's leadership on data informatics. Scottish Parliament.
21st - 22nd March:Big Data Forum, Taylor's University, Kuala Lumpur - "Gearing an entire country for quality care delivery - information science as a catalyst for change" and "Data Science as a cornerstone of a robust nationwide research infrastructure".
31st March: Personalised Clinical Proteomes Meeting, Copenhagen.
5th April: UBC 100 Centennial Sessions - Symposium on Health Informatics, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Faculty of Medicine, University British Columbia. "Healthcare in the Information Age".
13th April: April meeting to plan the Grant for WT on CFS/ME Grand Challenge, Winford Manor, Bristol
14th/15th April: Merck Lectures - Amiri Conference Kuwait/IFM Conference Dubai. "Diabetes & Cardiovascular Complications: lessons from epidemiological data/ Type II Diabetes: Patient Education Vs Drugs"
16th/17th April: 4th Amiri Diabetes Conference in Kuwait. "The problem of Poly-pharmacy in Type 2 DM".
19th April: Medical Research Scotland PhD Studentship Commercial Training Event, Scone, Perth
6th May: Generation Scotland Symposium IGGM Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. MRC Farr and ushering in the future of health informatics.
11th May: Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum
24th May: Big Data Leaders Forum. "Linking Phenotype and Genotype: Opportunities and Challenges". Grange City, London
1st June: European Commission Big Data & ICT Solutions Conference on Personalised Medicine, Brussels
3rd June: ADRN Annual Research Conference, London
14-15 June 2016: NHS Scotland Event 2016, SECC Glasgow
15th June: IAB2016 Opening Ceremony; Welcome from Scotland Chief Scientist Health. EICC, The Exchange Edinburgh, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh
27-28 July: 2016 National Conference for Clinical Research, Kuala Lumpur. "Options and Opportunities for harnessing data science in health research"
24th - 26th August: Farr Institute IPDL 2016 Biennial Conference: Linking Data Improving Lives. Swansea University
12th - 13th September: Newcastle University Centre for Health and Bioinformatics (CHaBi) Symposium Academy of Medical Sciences Lecture "Medicine in the Information Age"
29th-30th September: U21 Early Career Research Workshop: Big data at the heart of the 21st Century Research. Introduction to the Conference and setting the scene.
26th October: NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Conference 2016 Glasgow. Introduction - Professor Andrew Morris.
27th October: Big Data World Congress 2016, "Options and Opportunities for Health Data Science in the UK". Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge.

Progressed further: YES
Discovery Details: Expanding medical informatics knowledge
Patient Benefit: Expanding economic opportunities
Existing output type: Awards & Recognition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description DemoFest 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact DEMOfest is an annual technology showcase of leading Informatics and Computer Science research from Scottish Universities and creates an environment for industry partners and academics to come together and identify opportunities for collaborative Innovation, studentships & placements, technology licensing & consultancy, feasibility & proof of concept studies.
P2D had a stand at the 19 November event to promote opportunities in the area of medical informatics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Farr Institute Industry Forum 2015, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10 December - P2D supported the Farr Institute Industry Forum 2015 which brought together bring together individuals across healthcare, academia and industry to initiate dialogue and potential partnerships across the following themes :
• Digital Innovation with an SME Focus
• Pharmaceuticals and Real World Evidence
• Ethics and Responsibility: Navigating the Data Landscape
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Health 2.0 Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact P2D hosts and sponsors the community group Health 2.0 Edinburgh.
Health 2.0 promotes healthcare innovation and technologies worldwide, organising conferences, code-o-thons, pitching events and meetings.
Following the December 2015 launch, the Edinburgh chapter now has over 200 members. It holds bi-monthly technical / problem solving meetings and larger quarterly events with keynote speakers and opportunities for companies to pitch their products and/or call-out for collaborators.

2015
3 December: Launch of Health 2.0 Edinburgh https://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/events/health-2-0-edinburgh-launch


2016
4 February: Health 2.0 Edinburgh 'Spotlight' event - focus on wearables

Hoppers (Girl Geeks)
P2D sponsored a Seminar at the Girl Geeks community group 'Hoppers' on 25/11 - with a focus on opportunities in medical informatics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Innovation Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact With invitees targeted to capture both breadth of expertise (sector, domain area, scope) and maximal dissemination, our innovation workshops are highly effective in generating ideas and delivering action-oriented outputs.
7 July: Transforming Cancer Care in Scotland Innovation Workshop http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/news/transforming-cancer-care
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Innovation Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact With invitees targeted to capture both breadth of expertise (sector, domain area, scope) and maximal dissemination, our innovation workshops are highly effective in generating ideas and delivering action-oriented outputs.
9 September: Mental Health Data Science Workshop http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/events/mental-health-data-science-workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Innovation Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact With invitees targeted to capture both breadth of expertise (sector, domain area, scope) and maximal dissemination, our innovation workshops are highly effective in generating ideas and delivering action-oriented outputs.
27 October: Scottish Asthma Observatory Frontiers Innovation Workshop http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/news/roadmap-for-scottish-asthma-observatory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Innovation Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact With invitees targeted to capture both breadth of expertise (sector, domain area, scope) and maximal dissemination, our innovation workshops are highly effective in generating ideas and delivering action-oriented outputs.

9 September: Mental Health Data Science Workshop http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/events/mental-health-data-science-workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Masterclasses / Seminars / Guest Lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 4 September: David Jiang, SAMHIC Secretary General. The Transformation of China's Healthcare Sector
/hwww.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/events/china-healthcare-sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Masterclasses / Seminars / Guest Lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Proximity to Discovery Programme (P2D) recognises the importance of meaningful interconnection activities such as masterclasses and seminars to build a vibrant innovation community of researchers, NHS colleagues, industry and government specialists.
2015

28 September: Clinical and Genomic Data Seminar http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/events/clinical-and-genomic-data-seminar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Masterclasses / Seminars / Guest Lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 19 January: Andy Williams, Chief Executive Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). Options and opportunities for data and analytics to drive innovation in health and social care http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/news/innovating-informatics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Masterclasses / Seminars / Guest Lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact TPG International Health Academy (US Hospital executives) Healthcare, Managing Patient Data, Collaboration http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/events/tpg-international-health-academy-seminar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Masterclasses / Seminars / Guest Lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 1 October: Usher Institute Inaugural Lecture. Professor John Ioannadis, Stamford School of Medicine http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/news/usher-institute-launch
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Masterclasses / Seminars / Guest Lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 4 February: Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive Innovate UK. Innovation Workshop with Masterclass: Options and opportunities for driving innovation across the UK http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/news/driving-innovation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description P2D Community Event Support - British Computer Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact : Supporting an October 2016 workshop at the BCS Health Scotland conference to discuss topics of interest among delegates for local events during 2017.
Most important impact: significant connections established
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description P2D Defining Data Assets Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact he May 2016 Defining Medical Data Assets Workshop - which brought together 35 representatives from academia, the Scottish Government, NHS, industry, SMEs and the charity sector - explored the current legal environment for using medical data, sought to identify how to responsibly develop today's medical data asset sets and considered how to respond to a changing, internationally competitive landscape while maintaining public trust.
Most important impact: agreement reached to plan a Data Dive Weekend - to use synthetic data sets from patient records to address a key medical data challenge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description P2D Entrepreneurship - Health 2.0 Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact P2D continues to host and sponsor the innovator community group Health 2.0 Edinburgh - which promotes healthcare innovation and technologies through conferences, code-o-thons and pitching events through a global network. (meetings held March, May & August 2016)
Most important impact: facilitating collaborations
http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/events/health-2-0-edinburgh-march-2016-meet-up
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description P2D Lecture - Nick Mackie at British Computer Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact : Delivered lecture on the development of China's healthcare sector and the recent government policy on the development of healthcare big data
Most important impact: awareness raising of China healthcare market
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description P2D Masterclass - Sir William Castell 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From May 2006 to September 2015 Sir William was Chairman of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. The Trust supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health.
http://www.ed.ac.uk/data-science/health-informatics/news-events/events/sir-william-castell-masterclass
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description P2D Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Our October 2016 Data Science for Health event showcased the innovation and impact from across our community of industry, entrepreneurs, policy makers, NHS and University researchers. Focused on the emergent fields of medical informatics, data science, and digital health, the event featured a mix of presentations, discussion, a Focus on China and healthcare opportunities in this market - plus plenty of networking opportunities to foster new collaborations.
Most important impact: new collaborations created; strong interest in China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description PACS Sandpit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2016
Result Description: The establishment of the clinical imaging data set, PACS, for research is a key priority for Farr Scotland - and significant volumes of PACS data are currently being collected into a structured, secure environment capable of supporting a breadth of research activities. The September 2016 PACS Sandpit provided attendees with an update on research status and strategy, looking particularly at opportunities for collaboration around the PACS data set. The aims were:
- further scoping for some of the initial research that we may wish to do;
- build a more comprehensive picture of the software tools and systems needed to support that research;
- explore collaboration (and funding) opportunities
Most important impact: commitment by all to collaborate further
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description study trips 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Details and impacts: In June 2016, The Proximity to Discovery Programme awarded a total of £3,110 to outstanding researchers to fund travel / meetings with medical informatics centres of excellence with a view to building relationships and forming collaborations.

1. Peter Joshi. to facilitate the visit of Tonu Esko, Director of the Estonian Genome Centre, to Edinburgh to further develop their medical informatics collaboration that focuses on:
(a) extension of their homozygosity work from 16 to 41 traits and 100 research groups; (b) extension of their lifespan work from just UK Biobank to >50 research groups; (c) delivery of the first major study of the Y chromosome (Ygen) influences on 39 complex traits, such as height, intelligence, liver and kidney function, visual acuity, fertility, blood lipids and blood sugar levels.

2. Saturnino Luz and the Luxembourg Institute of Health to discuss collaboration on multiple types of "omics" data derived from patients, especially in the application domain of oncology ( with a focus on glioblastomas and lung cancer). Explore potential applications using public data (e.g. TCGA, CCLE, GDSC) as well as other datasets generated in the Luxembourg Institute of Health.

3. Riccardo Marioni to visit Professor Simon Lovestone, University of Oxford -to discuss, develop, and refine the selection process for a population of 1,000 middle-aged adults at high genetic risk of dementia for the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) Biomarkers group (Work Package 6).

4. Pippa Thomson to invite Dr. Simone de Jong, MRC Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King's College London - to discuss method development, collaborations, replication of previously obtained results and start organizing a workshop on polygenic risk scoring within a family context for the scientific community; novel approaches developing the traditional approaches to incorporate polygenic risk scoring. Both researchers work in psychiatric genetics, with a particular focus on family studies, a key focus of the local Generation Scotland cohort.

5. Arun Kumar to visit the Division of Neonatology, Erasmus University Medical Centre-Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands - discussing all existing research into tobacco discouragement and the health of children; techniques in modelling and advanced statistical analysis.

6. Valeri Wiegel for discussions with Joan Rodon Modol, Associate Professor, Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences ESADE, Barcelona, Spain - focusing on ePrescribing; Joan has already indicated interest in learning about the process-focussed approach taken by researchers at the Usher Institute.

7. Paul Kawale to meet with Dr Hamish S.F. Fraser at the University of Leeds and the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics - to learn about the OpenMRS project which is developing and deploying an open source EMR system now used in more than 50 LMIC, including Malawi; seek insights from Dr Fraser's experience in the implementation, adoption and integration of OpenMRS and compare these with the applicant's own experiences of dealing with the proprietary system AfyaPro.


Progressed further: YES
Discovery Details: significant connections
Patient Benefit: Expanding economic opportunities
Existing output type: Awards & Recognition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016