The new Leeds MRC Centre for Medical Bioinformatics is due to open in Spring 2015. Together with colleagues in the Leeds ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre we have created the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, which provides the cross-Faculty research platforms for academics from a wide variety of relevant disciplines. The opportunities for exciting collaborations are truly exceptional. Researchers working within Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Services Research (including Dentistry), Pharmacovigilance and novel Clinical Trials Methodologies are amongst the range of academics and clinicians working within the Centre. We have a specific focus on the confidential use of electronic patient records and the ways in which these can be linked to other datasets to generate novel insights. Information Governance and the Medical Ethics implications of this type of work are active areas of research. Integration with huge clinical datasets containing imaging and genomics results plays a prominent part in our activities. Staff across the Centre work closely with a wide range of partners, locally and nationally. These include the largest UK NHS Trust (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust), regional local Government, the Health and Social Care Information Centre in Leeds, various NIHR organisations, Public Health England and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Several commercial organisations are also involved in the Centre, including leading GP software suppliers in Leeds. We also participate fully in all Farr Institute initiatives at national level.
Professor Sir Alex Markham, tel: +44 (0) 113 3438608, email: A.F.Markham@leeds.ac.uk
Professor Jeremy Wyatt, tel: +44 (0) 113 3430858, email: J.C.Wyatt@leeds.ac.uk
Professor David Westhead, email: D.R.Westhead@leeds.ac.uk
Dr Geoff Hall, tel: +44 (0) 113 2067997, email: G.Hall@leeds.ac.uk
Professor Mark Birkin, tel: +44 (0) 113 3436838, email: M.H.Birkin@leeds.ac.uk