National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre
Our Research: Informatics and Data Sciences

Target position – research strengths borrowed across Themes

As the BRC progresses, our patients will become more directly connected to researchers and clinicians through technologies such as smartphones.

This is likely to reveal new patterns of disease that can only be seen through more frequent observation – currently invisible at clinic visits. Manchester residents, under the devolution of NHS and local government services will also be able to link their health and care records to other data sources such as air quality sensors in lamp posts. The Manchester BRC sits within one of the world’s most ambitious civic data integration projects, with health as a strategic priority. The Manchester BRC will leverage these linked data, technologies and public involvement in its biomedical discovery work.

Our musculoskeletal, hearing health, respiratory and dermatology research aims to draw on large datasets integrated by the Farr Institute and devolved health and social care system. This will mean pulling through data from sources such as apps, wearable devices and social media and looking at related conditions, such as mental health. This more 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.