May 2017Many congratulations to Christiana McMahon who successfully defended her thesis and was awarded her PhD on: The evaluation and harmonisation of disparate information metamodels in support of epidemiological and public health research.
March 2017Our research using linked primary care and hospital electronic health records from 1.9m patients to study the association of clinically recorded alcohol consumption and the initial presentation of 12 CVDs has just been published in the BMJ and featured in The Guardian and New Scientist. While moderate drinking was associated with a protective effect in terms of some CVD presentations (such as heart attack), the associations observed were overall heterogeneous and varying. This has implications for counselling patients, public health communication, and clinical research, suggesting a more nuanced approach to the role of alcohol in prevention of cardiovascular disease is necessary.
February 2017Spiros represented the lab at this year's IEEE BHI conference, hosted in sunny Orlando, Florida. Abstracts from the tea, were presented on a) utilizing phenotyping algorithms derived from electronic health records in order to perform genome wide association studies and b) developing and evaluating a novel probabilistic methods for linking large administrative data from the Brazilian 100 million cohort. Hearty congratulations are due to Clicia and Marcos for winning the best Rapid Fire Presentation / Poster award!
February 2017Researchers from the UCL Institute of Health Informatics and Cardiovascular Science in collaboration with other UK and European institutes, were recently awarded €20 million research funding from the European Innovative Medicines Initiative. The research programme, will integrate healthcare data, activity monitors (wearables), state-of-the-art ‘-omics’ profiles, information about patients' lifestyles and health and their own reporting of symptoms, to better understand the causes of heart attack, atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Our lab is co-leading the health informatics work-stream. More details on UCL Press Release.
February 2017Congratulations to Maria, Clinical Data Scientist, who has been awarded her PhD from the University of Oxford entitled, "Multiscale modeling of the endothelial glycocalyx in physiological flow: A molecular dynamics approach". (abstract).
January 2017The report on the five-year NIHR project that founded CALIBER has been finally published in the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) journal. The report describes the research undertaken in 33 studies using nationwide 'big health data' from linked electronic health records to help improve outcomes in cardiovascular diseases using methods from clinical epidemiology, biomedical informatics, health economics and social science as part of the CALIBER programme. Learn more by visiting the NIHR Journals Library website.