On 22nd June UCL formally launched the UCL Institute of Digital Health. The Institute brings together world-class researchers in the health, human and data sciences who use digital technologies for human health and well-being.
Many researchers, projects and research centres already exist at UCL in this space. These include, but are not limited to, the Global Institute for Digital Health Excellence (GLIDHE), the EPSRC IRC in Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases, the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC), the Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBME), the Institute of Health Informatics, several groups applying computational techniques to analyse large health datasets, and the UCL Interaction Centre, which has a substantial focus on medical device interfaces.
The founding of the Institute brings researchers, projects and research centres together to promote interaction and provide visibility for this work beyond UCL. It will interact with industry, inform policy, provide teaching and training and improve access to essential infrastructure for this research theme. A key element will be to continue the excellent relationship UCL has with London hospitals and health providers, ensuring that the research is in the format most useful to practitioners.
Professor David Price, Vice-Provost (Research) at UCL said:
“What pharmaceuticals did for 20th century health, data will do for the 21st. Digital technologies that cross the spectrum from sensors and interfaces to analysis and machine learning are needed, and UCL is well placed to provide them.”
Professor Ann Blandford, Director of the UCL Institute of Digital Health, said:
“Together we have much more expertise than any one of us alone, and I welcome suggestions for shaping IDH so that it delivers benefits to all. This work will be technologically challenging and socially relevant, rising to meet the UCL ‘Grand Challenge’ of human wellbeing.”
More information about the IDH can be found here, and interested parties are invited to sign up to receive information about future events and other developments.