Informatics, Statistics and Data Science

Informatics, statistics and data science research at The Farr Institute provides robust theoretical and methodological underpinnings for various types of health informatics research. Delivering the benefits of data analysis to patients requires collaboration across many fields. The Institute therefore catalyses significant cross-disciplinary work between statisticians and informaticists with groups including patients and the public, healthcare professionals, biomedical scientists, software developers, e-Infrastucture specialists.

The knowledge that can be gained from the analysis of electronic health records and population-based data has a largely unrealised potential to improve health and care outcomes. A broad perspective is necessary to develop a national strategy in health data analytics research that can implement the beneficial applications of this research on a population-wide scale.

Developments in new statistical approaches and in algorithms and data mining will progress implementation in this area and address challenges such as improving access to necessary information for researchers and enhancing patient privacy.

Advancement in this area relies upon higher precision of information (e.g. through improved coding or extraction of information from electronic health record data) and improving consistency of information by adhering to common data standards and meanings (e.g. in representing diagnoses and outcomes).

Higher quality analysis can generate more trustworthy information to benchmark clinical practices and, in turn, feedback into frontline health services to highlight the improvements that can be made in policy and delivery of service and care.

The Farr Institute coordinates a College of Experts of almost 40 leading health informatics scientists from across the UK:

Name Location Academic Profile
Professor Alan Rector Manchester View
Professor Andrew Morris Edinburgh View
Professor Ann Blandford London View
Mr Athanasios Anastasiou Swansea View
Professor Carole Goble Manchester View
Professor Chris Holmes Oxford View
Professor Chris Taylor Manchester View
Dr Claudia Pagliari Edinburgh View
Professor Colin McCowan Glasgow View
Professor David De Roure Oxford View
Professor David Ford Swansea View
Professor David Hogg Leeds View
Professor David Robertson Edinburgh View
Professor Dipak Kalra London View
Dr Elizabeth Williamson London View
Professor Frank Sullivan St Andrews View
Dr Georgina Moulton Manchester View
Dr Goran Nenadic Manchester View
Dr Hamish Fraser Leeds View
Professor Harry Hemingway London View
Professor Iain Buchan Manchester View
Professor James Carpenter Lonodn View
Professor Jeremy Wyatt Leeds View
Professor Jim Davies Oxford View
Professor John Fox Oxford View
Dr John Ainsworth Manchester View
Professor John Newton Public Health England View
Associate Professor John Powell Oxford View
Associate Professor Kerina Jones Swansea View
Professor Magnus Rattray Manchester View
Dr Niels Peek Manchester View
Dr Owen Johnson Leeds View
Professor Paul Stewart Leeds View
Dr Paul Taylor London View
Professor Paula Williamson Liverpool View
Professor Peter Diggle Lancaster View
Dr Richard Dobson London View
Professor Robert Stevens Manchester View
Professor Ronan Lyons Swansea View
Dr Spiros Denaxas London View
Professor Theodoros Arvanitis Warwick View
Dr Tim Croudace Dundee View
Professor Tjeerd van Staa Manchester View


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