Farr Institute: Using health data

farrThe Farr Institute is involved in promoting the use of data relating to health and issues a regular and useful newsletter.  The current newsletter includes calls for papers on the use of administrative data in research (ethics, law, etc),  funding opportunities relating to the creation and use of health data,  (one example here) linking data sets from health, social care and other aspects of life (Data linkage Scotland example here)  and many other useful items.  Subscribe here

Funding Award: E-Medication Alert

medications-257359_1920Professor Lesley Diack and her team have been awarded funding to conduct a feasibility study to develop an e-medication alert system for people with long term conditions and their carers in Scotland.

The study aims to identify and report on the barriers, challenges, feasibility, and outcomes in implementing a national model of  embedding an electronic medication alert program, eMAP, into the developing digitisation of pharmacist medication management software programs,  linking the pharmacist and other health care professionals to care homes, GPs, and patients’ medical records and empowering staff and carers to become more active in managing medications.

This 9 month project is funded (£84,000) by the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) and the collaborators on the project are Professor Ron Lucchino of Emedalert LLC and Professor Alison Bowes of the University of Stirling.

This has the potential to develop  a national  electronic medication alert management model program to reduce health related medication adverse drug reactions by the linking of the pharmacist/GP to the care home staff and  patients and carers for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)

BCS – Awards for Best Papers

bcsRGU researchers received a number of awards at this year’s International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence organised by the BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT.

The Donald Michie Award was given to Blessing Mbipom and her PhD supervisors Professor Susan Craw and Dr Stewart Massie. The best student technical paper was given to PhD student Anil Bandhakavi’s research and is supervised by Professor Nirmalie Wiratunga and Dr Stewart Massie.

A former PhD student Sid Shakya, now at BT Research Labs, is co-author of the paper winning the Rob Milne Memorial Award for best application paper.

RGU will also be presenting a paper on the AI technologies underpinning a health management mobile app. This paper is based on the EU SelfBack project that provides tailored, personalised recommendations for self-management of back pain.

Details of these publications can be found on each researcher’s ORCID page, ( e.g. Stewart Massie, Nirmalie Wiratunga) and on RGU’s OpenAIR repository

Funding Opportunity: Wellbeing of Women

wellbeing-of-womenFunding calls are now open for research grants from Wellbeing for Women for outstanding projects in basic science, clinical or translational research in the areas of Pregnancy and Childbirth, including pre-term birth, miscarriage and fertility; General Wellbeing issues such as menopause, incontinence and prolapse, sexual health, menstrual disorders and endometriosis; and Gynaecological Cancers.  Closing Date is 17th February 2017

6 Lessons for First Class Impact

Impact is not about changing the world in a single project, says Julie Bayley, winner of the ARMA 2015 Research Impact Award.

6 Tips include:

  • Connect to the bigger problem – just because you are interested in the topic does not make the need tor further research obvious to all.
  • Connect with the real world – build links (networks) with those who can shape, advise or use your research from early in the process.
  • Connect your activities with your impact goals – impact will not just happen because you are awesome.
  • Connect with people who’ll challenge you  – get some critical friends—colleagues and interested parties—who will force you to think beyond the academic merit of the work.
  • Connect the change to the measure – planning the evidence of impact is far easier when you know what kind of changes you’re looking for.
  • Connect your aims with those of the funders – don’t forget the funder’s aims, especially when you’re rushing to meet a deadline.

This article also appeared in Research Fortnight


Data Fest 2017

DataFest  is  a festival of data innovation with events hosted across Scotland from 20th to 24th March 2017. Scotland is a melting pot of data innovation and the festival will further catalyse activity across the country and showcase Scotland’s leading role in data on the international stage.

For the first time, DataFest will bring a Data focused international event to Scotland, providing the opportunity to learn from renowned international speakers, case studies and best practice, while offering an unprecedented networking platform where you will be able to interact with local and international talent, industry, academia and data enthusiasts.  Read more…