Health Data Research and Wellcome launch Biom

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The Wellcome-funded initiative led by Health Data Research UK to promote interest and widen access to careers in health data research has launched its 2022 programme.

The HDRUK-Wellcome Biomedical Vacation Scholarship program was set up to promote diversity in health data research, giving undergraduate students in the middle of quantitative degrees the opportunity to undertake data research projects health for the first time.
Although the program is open to all, applications from non-Russell Group universities or socioeconomic groups currently underrepresented in health data science were strongly encouraged.

Catherine Dudley, who hopes this experience will help guide her towards a career in mathematical biology, has already started her internship.

She says, “It was amazing knowing I was going to be chosen because I knew it was a competitive application process and I know this internship will be very helpful for my future career goals.
“It’s because I want to get into math with medicine because I’ve always been very fascinated with how the body works and how I can apply my love of math to something real like creation. of treatments.”

Catherine’s project involves working with Dr. Jinming Duan from the University of Birmingham on the use of artificial intelligence to automatically characterize heart structure and function using cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging.
Fellowships are awarded to leading research teams at top UK institutions – the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR), UCL, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, University of Birmingham and Nuffield Department of Population Health from the University of Oxford.

Teams and host organizations see internships as a way to ensure that anyone with the talent to work in health data science has the chance to do so – and to conduct valuable research.

Dr. Maggie Cheang, team leader in genomic analysis (clinical trials) at the ICR, says:
“I am passionate about supporting career development as well as equality, diversity and inclusion in research. I am therefore delighted to support this initiative.
“The student will work on a project to develop a tool that will hopefully help develop cheaper cancer diagnostic tools for people in developing countries. The project fits perfectly into the remit of the Center for Global Oncology, where I am responsible for clinical informatics, and the Clinical Trials and Statistics unit of the ICR.

Dr Christiana Kartsonaki, from the University of Oxford, added:
“I think it’s great for students preparing for their degree to have the opportunity to experience what research looks like, which can inform their career decisions.”

The program receives generous funding from Wellcome and each fellowship provides salary, research and travel costs, in particular:
• The actual living wage, plus paid holidays and NI contributions
• Up to £1,500 (or £2,000 if you live in London) for travel and accommodation if required
• Up to £500 for material and equipment costs.

Jake Parker, an intern at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, says:
“I felt incredibly lucky when I was offered the unique chance to provide crucial data insights to researchers working at NHS MFT in partnership with the University of Manchester.
“A multitude of my skills, which I owe both to part-time work and academic dedication, culminated in a successful first day on site when I was introduced to my colleagues and the project I will be working on for 8-weeks.
“Since choosing my GCSEs I have envisioned a career that combines my passions and aptitude for maths and I am proud to have overcome an immeasurable amount of adversity to secure my first role that achieves this. I am inspired by the people in my life, and i will never stop fighting for the career i want to pursue.

Dr Goylette Chami, Associate Professor at the Big Data Institute, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, says:
“I got involved because I find it rewarding to mentor budding researchers and see their enthusiasm translate into real career trajectories. This program gives undergraduate students a taste of health data science, what it’s like to work in teams, and how research can have a real impact on society.

Applicants to the program have demonstrated a strong interest and passion for health data science – for what can be achieved for UK health and the potential for a rewarding career.

Dr Dona Reddiar, Head of HDR UK PhD and Internship Programme, says:
“Our incoming interns’ passion for helping to improve people’s health and their curiosity about how health data science can contribute to this was very clear in their applications.
“We look forward to welcoming them and hopefully inspiring them to contribute to this exciting new field in their future careers.”

The program is led by Professor Christopher Yau, Director of the HDR UK-Turing Wellcome PhD Program in Health Data Science, who hopes it will continue to grow and grow, providing opportunities for students in all regions. from the United Kingdom.

Professor Yau says: “The fellowships are a true national collaboration, involving partners from across the country. I am delighted that we have been able to offer our first outstanding researchers the opportunity to pursue research in health data science for the first time.
“The variety of projects is inspiring – spanning cancer, global health and frontline activity within an NHS hospital. I look forward to working with my team to expand our offering over the next two years. with more interesting research opportunities.

As the six interns begin their roles, Health Data Research UK is looking for host organizations to participate in next year’s HDRUK-Wellcome Biomedical Vacation Fellowship. Contact [email protected] to find out more.

About Health Data Research in the UK
Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is the national institute for health data science. HDR UK’s mission is to unite UK health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives. HDR UK is funded by UK Research and Innovation, the Department of Health and Social Care in England and its equivalents in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and leading medical research charities.
Email: [email protected]
W: www.hdruk.ac.uk


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Sean N. Ayres