HDR UK Synthetic Data Generation Interest Group

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The HDR UK team is delighted to invite you to the first Synthetic Data Special Interest Group workshop

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Attendee link to join: https://zoom.us/j/91946481880


We are delighted to invite you to the first Synthetic Data Special Interest Group workshop. The aim of the session is to act as a forum to bring together those interested in the broad field of synthetic data for healthcare.

Synthetic datasets offer the potential to speed up access to UK healthcare datasets – a key aspect towards uniting the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives. For example, they could facilitate easier access to data for those who are generating hypotheses, developing tools, or benchmarking analysis methods. In addition, they could prepare researchers for the practical challenges of working with national clinical datasets. Pilot data from synthetic datasets, would strengthen researchers’ applications when they apply for access to real clinical datasets. However, challenges remain around generating a complex synthetic version of healthcare datasets that maintain all their statistical properties while ensuring patient privacy and trust.

This workshop is intended to act as an informal introduction to the activities in this space within the health data community and beyond, with the intention of developing collaborations and/or knowledge sharing on the topic of Synthetic Data.

Discussion topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding of the current UK Health Data landscape regarding synthetic data activity
  • Suggestions for development of an initial ‘position paper’, regarding HDR UK strategy and activity in the space
  • Understanding groups, tools and platforms currently used for Synthetic Data generation
  • Identifying potential areas for targeted activity to support further collaborative research applications

Speakers include:

  • How technically close are we to a vision for synthetic healthcare datasets? - Michaela van der Schaar, Cambridge
  • A data custodians view of synthetic healthcare datasets - Puja Myles, MHRA
  • Synthetic generation of complex healthcare data types (sensor data) -Peter Charlton, Cambridge
  • How can we ensure patient privacy? - Allan Tucker, Brunel University

Please register to receive the latest information on the agenda, as well as details on joining the meeting closer to the time.

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Organiser Health Data Research UK

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Health Data Research UK is the national institute for health data science in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to unite the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives. It is a not-for-profit public benefit company funded by UK Research and Innovation, the Department of Health and Social Care in England and equivalents in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and leading medical research charities.

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