Big Data for Complex Disease

This UK wide Driver Programme, will harness whole population, national linked health data to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other complex diseases.

Cancer and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the two leading causes of death in the UK and around the world. Despite substantial advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these two major groups of diseases, their impact on public health has continued to rise as the world’s population ages. Addressing this requires approaches that recognise and exploit the power of whole, large population-scale health-relevant data to catalyse health data science and its translation to improved patient care.

We also need to break down traditionally siloed diseases and expertise-specific domains, rising to the challenge of jointly addressing cancer, CVD and other complex diseases. Crucially, we need to use the intelligence gained to translate into real benefits for patients, and influence policy and best practice.

The Big Data for Complex Disease (BDCD) Driver Programme will address challenges that focus on deploying whole population, national linked health data.

Professor Rhiannon Owen, Programme Lead based in HDR UK Wales, said:

“The Big Data for Complex Disease Driver Programme brings together expertise and infrastructure from across HDR UK to harness vast datasets encompassing the entire population, with an aim to pioneer breakthroughs in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of major diseases. Our programme aims to improve understanding of the inter-relationship between diagnoses of cancer and cardiovascular disease and better understand the impact of inequalities to inform diagnostic pathways and improve patient outcomes.”

Driver Programme Team based in HDR UK Wales
  • Professor Rhiannon Owen
  • Caitlin Partridge
  • Dr James Rafferty