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Extending and Enhancing Real World Data for Public Health Research

  • Speaker:   Dr  Darren Lunn  ((CPRD) MHRA)
  • Host:   Simon Harper
  • 7th December 2016 at 14:00 in Kilburn L.T. 1.5
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (the agency) enhances and improves the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices, underpinned by science and research. The agency comprises of three centres: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) National Institute for Biological Standards and Controls (NIBSC)

CPRD is the UK?s preeminent research service providing access to anonymised NHS data for research. CPRD services are designed to maximise the way anonymised NHS clinical data can be used to improve and safeguard public health. CPRD is entering a period of significant expansion, offering increasing volumes of anonymised healthcare data, from multiple sources, for research and innovative services and products to support observational and interventional studies.

This talk will provide an overview of CPRD and its place within the wider agency and global healthcare research environment. The presentation will show CPRD?s strategic vision for a future research data platform whilst highlighting the challenges that it will face along the way. Finally there will be an opportunity to discuss the scope for developing innovative tools and technologies that make use of real world data for the benefit of public health.
Darren Lunn is the Real World Data Manager at the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) and is accountable for the implementation and management of CPRD databases as a resource for public health research. His team are responsible for securing data streams from multiple sources, processing data collections, maintaining a central data store of research data sets, and controlling access to the data. Darren completed his PhD at the University of Manchester?s School of Computer Science in 2009 with a thesis entitled: ?Towards Behaviour-Driven Transcoding of Web Content through an Analysis of User Coping Strategies? and is now a visiting fellow of the School?s Interaction Analysis and Modelling (IAM) Lab.)
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