Options and Opportunities for Health Data Science – Public Lecture

Zoom Webinar

Zoom Webinar


Healthcare is arguably the last major industry to be transformed by the information age. Deployments of information technology have only scratched the surface of possibilities for the potential influence of information and computer science on the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare.

In this talk, Professor Andrew Morris, Director of Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) will present the vision, objectives and scientific strategy of HDR UK. The opportunities provided by computer science and “big data” to transform health care delivery models will be discussed. Examples will be given from nationwide research and development programmes that integrate electronic patient records with biologic and health system data.


Professor Andrew Morris – Director of Health Data Research UK and Professor of Medicine, and Vice Principal of Data Science, at the University of Edinburgh.

Since August 2017 Professor Morris has been the inaugural Director of Health Data Research UK, the multi-funder UK Institute for health and biomedical informatics research that will capitalise on the UK’s renowned data resources and research strengths to transform lives through health data science. He is seconded from his position as Professor of Medicine, and Vice Principal of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh, having taken up position in August 2014.  Professor Morris advises senior University management on international data science decisions that impact on the work of the University. He also collaborates with the Vice-Principal for High Performance Computing to develop Edinburgh Data Science.

His research interests span informatics and chronic diseases. He has published over 330 original papers, attracted over £50 million in grant funding and was the principal investigator of several programme grants including the Wellcome Trust United Kingdom Case Control Collection for Type 2 Diabetes and Generation Scotland, a study of the genetic health in 50,000 Scots.

In 2007 he co-founded Aridhia Informatics, which uses high performance computing and analytics in health care.

Previously he was Governor of the Health Foundation (2009-2017), a leading UK charity that supports quality improvement in health care, and chaired the Informatics Board at UCLPartners, London (2014-2017). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Participation is free, but you need to register to attend this webinar. 

Registration deadline: 11 October 2020

The webinar connection details will be sent to you after the registration deadline.

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