From Andrew McIntosh Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh in DIGIT yesterday:
‘Our vision is to make meaningful links between ongoing research studies spanning the whole lifespan and anonymised health records to better understand the causes and consequences of mental health conditions. We hope that this will enable more effective treatments and ultimately pave the way for improving resilience to common mental health disorders. This combination of resources means Edinburgh is poised to make significant advances in mental health research based upon rapidly developing resources for data science that are unparalleled in the UK.’
Researchers at Edinburgh University are to get Medical Research Council funding of £2.2 million to develop:
‘[A] new approach using big data, an emerging area of research, to understand mental health could potentially pave the way for new and more effective treatment. Big data will be used to draw more meaningful insights from vast amounts of information pooled from several sources including anonymised health records, genetics and psychological studies. This will help to build a more nuanced and complete picture of the disease’s development and progression, which will hopefully make it more treatable.’
This announcement follows several reported here, highlighting the leading role many of Scotland’s universities are playing. See, for example:
‘Unparalleled in UK’? I like the sound of that. Will BBC Scotland?