Health Data and Innovation Are Top of the Agenda at Nationwide, Cross-sector Farr Institute Industry Forum, 10 December, London

Published on: 7th December 2015


Following the November 25th comprehensive spending review the power of data in improving public health services, cutting costs and embedding continuous improvement across the NHS has never been higher on the political agenda.

The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, a UK wide network that unites over 20 universities with the NHS and a host of public sector health bodies, are gathering a critical mass of industry partners to discuss how data-intensive health research and digital innovation can continue to align for the benefit of patients and members of the public and position UK plc as the place to do research and digital innovation.

More than ten private sector partners will join a world-leading line-up of academic thought leaders to discuss issues ranging from precision medicine to digital innovation in-front of a diverse audience including clinicians, industry, researchers, charities and funders.

Those attending will be given an insight into the connected health cities of tomorrow, will understand more about how actionable evidence coming out of The Farr Institute’s academic engine room is helping to inform investment and will hear exemplars of existing and successful public-private collaborations in health.

Prof Andrew Morris, Co-Director of The Farr Institute said: “The Farr Institute’s Industry Forum is an important date in the UK’s health informatics calendar thanks to the fantastic opportunity it provides for initiating innovation and new opportunities in health data science and public health.

“This year we have a hugely impressive line-up of internationally renowned digital innovators on the speaker list and we are looking forward to a day of stimulating discussion and insights into the challenges and opportunities facing those at the front end of this emerging and dynamic sector.”

Prof Iain Buchan, Co-Director of The Farr Institute said: “This Forum marks the vital and urgent need for industry, academia and health systems to pool their resources in digital health, where innovation can be diluted or fuelled by data, depending on the scale of analytics.”
Dr James Weatherall, Head of AstraZeneca’s Advanced Analytics Centre said:  “The type of work that the Farr Institute carries out offers the potential to better understand some of today’s biggest public health concerns, and also to develop data-driven approaches and technologies to meet these emerging needs.  I look forward to hearing about the Farr Institute’s plans for learning health systems and understanding where the opportunities for future collaborations may be.”
Dr Will Dixon, Consultant Rheumatologist said: “Public-private partnerships have allowed us to advance and develop novel ways of engaging with patients. By plugging the latest advances in technology and data visualisation into the heart of our research we are able to achieve more meaningful results for both the data analysts and research participants and understand more about human health for the benefit for patients and members of the public.”

The Farr Institute Industry Forum is taking place in association with Genesis 2015.

List of speakers includes:

Name Job Title Company
Dr Will Dixon Director Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology
Dr James Weatherall Head of the Advanced Analytics Centre AstraZeneca
Dr Peter Connick Senior Clinical Research Fellow Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Dr Amanda Lamb Chief Operating Officer Connected Health Cities
Dr Abel Ureta-Vidal CEO Eagle Genomics
Rachael Ritchie Director, International Partnerships Genome British Columbia
Dr Sue Collier Head of Medical operations for the Salford Lung Study GlaxoSmithKline
Jacqueline Brereton Safety & Governance Team Lead GlaxoSmithKline
Brendan Delaney Chair in Medical Informatics and Decision Making Imperial College London
Dr Rob Hollingsworth CEO Medical Data Solutions and Services (MDSAS)
Professor Mahmood Adil Medical Director NHS National Services Scotland (Information Services Division and Health protection Scotland)
Howard Overy IT Director NorthWest EHealth (NWEH)
Dr Brian Lee Perkins Senior Development Manager Swansea University Medical School
Professor Iain Buchan Centre Director The Farr Institute
Professor Harry Hemmingway Centre Director The Farr Institute
Professor Ronan Lyons Centre Director The Farr Institute
Professor Andrew Morris Centre Director The Farr Institute
Bruce Hellman Co-Founder and CEO uMotif
Dr Michael Barnes Director of Bioinformatics William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University Hospital
Alexis Normand Healthcare Development Director Withings

Genesis 2015 Conference: QE II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE
Thursday 10th December, 0800 – 1815
Farr Industry Forum, St James Room, 4th Floor

For more information please contact Stephen Melia, Communications Lead, The Farr Institute @ HeRC. Mobile: 07557 310 213  Email

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