Turing-UoM Sandpits 2021-22: Greater Manchester Care Record

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One of three 'Sandpit' events taking place in 2021-22, part of The University of Manchester’s partnership with the Alan Turing Institute

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The Greater Manchester Care Record sandpit is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 3rd and Friday 5th November at 14.00 – 16.00. Please note that this is one event across two days: participants are expected to attend both days.

The Greater Manchester Care Record (GMCR) research platform provides authorised GM researchers and clinicians trustworthy, safely governed access to a wealth of deidentified data to support world-leading research.

The first studies launched using the GMCR have supported GM’s response to COVID-19, including understanding trends and risks to public health and those communities at highest risk, how the disease affects those with other health conditions, and preventing and controlling its spread.

We are now looking to develop ideas beyond Covid-19 with and for our GM community by holding this research idea gathering sandpit event. We invite researchers, clinicians, engineers, data analysts, health and care workers and citizens to come together to define and work up ideas together across the sandpit sessions.

We will be funding a number of six-month feasibility studies which develop from these sandpits (~£10-15k per successful proposal). Please note that due to the nature of this funding, each funded project must be led by a researcher from The University of Manchester.

Intellectual Property rights will be subject to terms and conditions as agreed between the Alan Turing Institute and The University of Manchester.

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Through our partnership with the Alan Turing Institute, The University of Manchester’s Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) is hosting a number of ‘sandpit’ events in Autumn-Winter 2021-22, with input from the related Turing Institute programmes.

IDSAI is one of the The University of Manchester's Digital Futures network themes.

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Digital Futures is a highly interdisciplinary network which operates across the whole range of the University’s digital research.

The aim of Digital Futures is to present a coherent overview of our digital research activity to external stakeholders and bring together our research communities to explore new research areas and address strategic opportunities. 

We group our activity around themes that encapsulate our broad research capabilities and the challenges to which these can be applied. These themes do not operate as self-contained entities; however, there is considerable synergy and overlap between them, and many of our academics are involved in a number of capability and challenge themes.

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