Summary of HDR UK Scientific Retreat

Summary of HDR UK Scientific Retreat

Making game-changing improvements to people’s health – a summary of our Scientific Retreat

On 26-27 April 2018, over 80 colleagues from the six HDR UK Substantive Sites, funders and partners attended our scientific retreat to review the HDR UK vision, strategic objectives and to define our national scientific priorities.  This was in advance of our Substantive Sites formally commencing their scientific programmes on 1 May.

Attendees at the retreat included experts in health data research from across academia, research and healthcare including: professors in computer science, statistics, population health and public health; specialists in informatics, public health, genetics, biomedical science, clinical trials and ethics; chief clinical information officers; and programme managers.   The event was a mix of presentations, discussions and workshops to support interaction across the Sites.

The retreat cemented our mission as making game-changing improvements in the health of patients and populations through data science research and innovation.   We are ambitious in our drive to achieve success – delivering value to the NHS, growing the workforce and the economy.

We are committed to building a single Institute unified by a common vision and mission and seven principles:

  • A relentless focus on scientific excellence
  • Focused on building trust with the public through consultation and good governance on data sharing and analysis through a commitment to engage and inspire the public
  • Flexibility, with the ability to quickly exploit emerging situations and technologies
  • A commitment to team science delivered through mutual support and collaboration
  • An investment in young and emerging talent
  • Novel ways of partnership working across academia, industry, the public, the NHS and the public and third sectors, to demonstrate impact and follow through to societal benefit
  • A determination to support a data intensive ecosystem for health research across the UK and internationally.

A summary of the retreat can be downloaded here

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