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Our Research: Informatics and Data Sciences

Target position – real-world research and impact through cross-theme insights

As technologies develop and become more accessible, patients become more directly
connected to researchers and clinicians through ubiquitous tools such as smartphones,
smartwatches, and other wearables.

This provides a huge opportunity to reveal new patterns of disease and behaviours that can only be seen through frequent observation, and which are currently invisible to the treatment pathways. Manchester citizens, under the devolution of NHS and local government services will also be able to link their health and care records to other civic data sources, like air quality sensors. The Manchester BRC sits within one of the world’s most ambitious civic data integration projects, with health as a strategic priority. The theme supports the Manchester BRC to leverage these linked data, technologies and public involvement in its biomedical discovery and translation work.

We will support and enhance our research themes across musculoskeletal, hearing health, respiratory and dermatology to achieve their aims, and this cross-disciplinary integrated approach will move the targeting of treatments to a more realistic framework. In cancer research, we will use linked care records across Greater Manchester, enabling new research into early determinants and long-term follow-up.