Discover Edinburgh Health Informatics

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 3 Famous Project - International Diabetes Centre
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of China 
Sector Public
Country China
Start 02/2018 
End 03/2022
 
Title Retinal biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease trial 
Description In Association with the European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia (EPAD) Consortium a funded trial into the use of the University of Edinburgh's Vampire image analysis software for providing diagnostic insights in Alzheimer's disease. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Work is ongoing. 
 
Title VIVOx Prototype 
Description Funding to provide collaborative discussions with Baxter Healthcare and to allow for a concept in prototype regarding the concept of VIVOx, a theoretical approach to increasing blood oxygenation levels (and reduce carbon dioxide) quickly and safely in critical care patients. Outcome to be reported in 2019. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Work is still ongoing. 
 
Title Economic outcomes measurement for Health Technology Assessment 
Description Access to the Scottish national data extract of NHS, Social Care and Census data in survivors of cancer and major illness. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data will allow analysis that quantifies and predicts long term healthcare activity, morbidity and related clinical and economic outcomes. Interested companies include Eisai, Pfizer, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Roche. 
 
Description Artificial Intelligence Augmented Biomedical Discovery and Therapeutic Delivery of Pluripotency Driven Tissue Rejuvenation in Ageing and Adult Onset Disease. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Two brainstorming workshops, one at the University of Edinburgh and one at University of Agder in Norway, to discuss the use of artificial intelligence to induce and maintain pluripotency to stimulate tissue rejuvenation to reverse the hallmarks of ageing and adult onset disease. The workshops took place in October and December and included attendees from University of Edinburgh, Anzyz Associates, University of Agder and Sorlandet Hospital.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Design Informatics Collider Event 
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 Frontiers Meeting in May 18 bringing together academia, patients, industry and NHS to explore ways in which data science and machine learning can improve health care for those with long-term conditions, using asthma as an exemplar. There were 18 attendees including industry representation from Tactuum, CapGemini and NHS Scotland. A paper is currently being written around the discussion on shared decision-making with a look to align the work on asthma and machine learning with the clinical decision support roadmap for Scotland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Imaging Tech Meet Up 
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 Edinburgh is home to world-leading medical researchers who work in partnership with the NHS and the private sector. This close cooperation helps to accelerate medical discoveries and transform them into treatments for patients.
Edinburgh imaging couples world leading multidisciplinary academic imaging expertise with cutting edge research imaging equipment of all modalities and technical expertise alongside the delivery of imaging services. https://www.ed.ac.uk/clinical-sciences/edinburgh-imaging/about
An Edinburgh Imaging Alliance was formed on the 5th December 2017. The Edinburgh Imaging Alliance currently involves Toshiba Medical Europe, Optos, Blackford Analysis Ltd, Heriot-Watt University, NHS Lothian and The University of Edinburgh working together to promote Edinburgh's world leading imaging facilities and expertise in medical imaging, digital health, engineering, physics, biochemistry, statistics and informatics. The Edinburgh Imaging Alliance will catalyse the growth of a medical imaging cluster in Edinburgh utilising key skills in digital health and datasets available.
https://www.ed.ac.uk/clinical-sciences/edinburgh-imaging-alliance

Funding is requested to support an Edinburgh Imaging Alliance "tech meet up". A tech meet up is an event intended for education, networking and community; connecting academic research expertise with the interests and needs of companies. This activity also provides a route for these companies to help shape their future workforce through connection to students and providing input to educational material and training courses
The tech meet model has been used successfully in Edinburgh by Informatics Ventures (IV) http://www.informatics-ventures.com/ . The Edinburgh Imaging Alliance is requesting funding to implement this model with an imaging focus. We have contacted IV for advice and support, and have proposed running an "Imaging" tech meet up using their using their audience as a first step. This first meet up session would be hosted and sponsored by the University using the P2D funds; if this proves to be worthwhile in terms of generating ideas for collaborative activity and encouraging the best talent to Edinburgh then subsequent sessions will be supported by the companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MHRA drug repurposing data meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A meeting with MHRA to discuss the repurposing of orally administered Sulbutiamine for the treatment of chronic alcoholism. Following this a meeting was held with the Head of Licensing at Servier and the proposal is now being discussed internally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description My Story Now 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact My Story Now is a mobile application for young adults who have survived childhood cancer enabling them to access and share (if appropriate) health data concerning their past medical history. This project supported the costs for a final year student to help evaluate the application from a technology perspective.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Olink workshop meeting "Applying data science to accelerate precision medicine" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Two University of Edinburgh academics travelled to Sweden to attend the two day workshop hosted by Olink Proteomics. The academics were able to talk to the entire data science team and discuss specifics relating to the assays that produced the data the academics work with. They were also able to get a better understanding of the diversity of research interests of groups working with Olink data, highlighting potential future collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description One HealthTech (OHT) Edinburgh Hub Event 
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 The recently formed OHT is a grassroots community that promotes equality and diversity in the healthcare technology sector. Funding was provided to run a networking event for Edinburgh-based academic researchers, NHS staff and health-tech companies following on from the launch event in June 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Regeneration Innovation Event 2018 - Realising Regenerative Therapies 
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 Regeneration Innovation 2018 - Realising Regenerative Therapies', CRM's annual industry engagement event, was held on 2nd May 2018. It brought together key players to increase translation and commercialisation of research outputs. The event was attended by ca 75 attendees, ranging from CRM junior researchers/principal investigators, to investors and stakeholders from regulatory bodies and Business Development / Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation (KEC) organisations and pharma.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Robotics in Healthcare Event: Current issues and future trends 
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 An AIMDay event to explore existing and anticipated future opportunities and challenges (including social, technical, commercial, and legal) associated with integration of robotics in healthcare.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Scaling machine learning within Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A workshop held in Nairobi to discuss the scalability of machine learning within health systems in low and middle income countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description University of Edinburgh and Congenica Meeting 
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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact Person exchange between Congenica and the University of Edinburgh for the purposes of knowledge transfer to plan a project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description University of Edinburgh and Radiation Imaging Technologies, Lda (RI-TE) Collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Funding to allow a University of Edinburgh academic to attend RI-TE', Lda Coimbra testing site for a two week period for image and data collection. Following on from this visit, the aim is now to pursue a collaborative agreement between RI-TE, Lda and the University to Edinburgh in the standardisation of preclinical PET/CT systems across multiple platforms in both Europe and USA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Usher Workshop Series 
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 The Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh is dedicated to improving the health of individuals and populations locally and globally. The Usher Institute held a series of 3 workshops on health care data:
• Technology for community health
• Mobility and active healthcare
• Internet of Things (IOT) and Health
79 people attended in total, 20 from industry, 22 from policy and 37 from academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit by Congenica 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As part of the The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine ongoing promotion of datascience in biomedicine an initial meeting with Congenica to scope potential projects in more depth and engage other stakeholders (NHS clinical genetics services, Farr Institute and Scottish Development International) that will be key to developing a program of collaboration. The meeting provided a great opportunity for networking and led to a further project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to EuroImmun 
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 Industry/Business
Results and Impact A University of Edinburgh academic wants to develop an assay for the detection of cervical disease in HPV positive women. Euroimmun are on board and are interested in funding a 9 month research collaboration valued at approx £100k. This funded visit allowed conversations around this collaboration to begin and have since resulted in a signed agreement. The University of Edinburgh also showcased other diagnostic opportunities at the meeting, a CDA has been signed and the academic will visit the EuroImmun offices in the new year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018