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Institutes form Biomedical Data Partnership

Jan 09 2021

The Alan Turing Institute and The Francis Crick Institute are to jointly fund and support projects where data scientists and medical researchers from both organisations work together, sharing data, expertise and resources, to improve understanding about diseases.

The collaboration was launched with funding for four 12-month projects where early career data scientists on secondment to the Turing from a range of universities including Imperial College London, Universities of Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester will work with biomedical data generated by Crick scientists.

Dr Rebecca Wilson, head of strategic partnerships at the Crick said: “Bringing together experts with complementary expertise from our neighbouring institutes to work together under this first formal partnership is very exciting. 

“We hope that the networks and links created over the next three years will open up new avenues for research, which will continue for many years to come.” 

Katrina Payne, The Alan Turing Institute’s Partnerships Development Lead, said: “This is an exciting collaboration which will enable us to advance data centric biomedical science together with knowledge exchange and talent development. We look forward to seeing this partnership drive new and innovative projects in the future.”  

Julian Downward, associate researcher director at the Crick added: “We are very excited that this partnership will bring together leading data scientists from Turing and medical researchers from Crick to achieve transformational change in tackling problems central to human health. We are hoping that this will create a new culture of integrating big data with biology to greatly boost progress in biomedical research.”

The partnership is for an initial term of three-years, with a hope it will continue beyond this. More information on the partnership and the specific projects is available online

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