Digital health and data science research theme

Gathering new data insights to advance diagnostics, treatment and care.

The challenge

Digital technology is changing the way that illnesses in animals and humans are diagnosed, monitored, prevented, treated and experienced. New artificial intelligence (AI) tools are continually being developed and fresh insights are needed to apply these efficiently and effectively to an array of datasets and to use the outputs ethically to hone algorithm design. The ultimate challenge is to move from systems that react to changes in health to those that predict potentially deleterious changes and support early intervention to prevent diseases taking hold.  

Our response

Within our Digital Health and Data Science Research Theme, work to probe datasets of symptoms acquired from internet of things-enabled sensors installed in the homes of patients living with, or at risk of conditions such as dementia, diabetes and cancers, helps prevent both the human and economic cost of hospitalisation. Sensor data from biomechanical analysis of companion animals reveal the impacts of skeletal abnormalities, enabling swifter diagnosis and improved animal welfare. Probing complex datasets - of pathogens, animal hosts and environmental conditions - enables real time detection and diagnosis of zoonotic disease and enhances global surveillance efforts. Exploring how technology can best be used to support clinician patient interactions and monitor and improve sleep reduces demands on health systems.

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Timing, quality, and physiology of sleep in a deprived community cohort in South Africa, and their relationship with chronic disease

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Start date: October 2014

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Research theme members

NameRoleSchool
Kourosh AhmadiReader in Nutritional GenomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Ruth AlafiatayoResearch Fellow in Tropical Animal Health and InnovationSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Susie AldissResearch Fellow (Child Health)School of Health Sciences
Vadim AlexeenkoResearch FellowSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Simon ArcherProfessor of Molecular Biology of Sleep and Head of DepartmentSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Simon ArcherLecturer in Veterinary Clinical ResearchSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Jo ArmesReader in Cancer CareSchool of Health Sciences
Bryony ArmsonResearch FellowSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Adrian BanksSenior LecturerSchool of Psychology
Matteo BarberisReader in Systems BiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Martha BetsonLecturer in Veterinary ParasitologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
David BlackbournHead of the School of Biosciences and MedicineSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Alison CallwoodLecturer in MidwiferySchool of Health Sciences
Nicola CareyReader in Long-term ConditionsSchool of Health Sciences
Mark ChambersProfessor of Veterinary BacteriologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine
Theopisti ChrysanthakiLecturer in Integrated Care/ehealthSchool of Health Sciences
Peter CockroftProfessor (Head of Veterinary Education)School of Veterinary Medicine
Marianne ColemanResearch Fellow (eHealth and Maternal, Child and Family Health)School of Health Sciences
Alasdair James CookHead of Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public HealthSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Deborah CookeReaderSchool of Health Sciences
Guido CordoniResearch Fellow in Molecular MicrobiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Anna CoxResearch FellowSchool of Health Sciences
Benedict Creagh-BrownReader (Clinical)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Alexessander Da Silva Couto AlvesLecturer B in BioinformaticsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Simon de LusignanVC FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Philip DeanResearch Fellow (RA II)School of Psychology
Ciro della MonicaResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Ayse DemirkanResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Bridget DibbSenior Lecturer in Health PsychologySchool of Psychology
Derk-jan DijkProfessor of Sleep and PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Deborah Dunn-WaltersProfessor of ImmunologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Bernadette EganSenior Research FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Simon EvansLecturer in Cognitive NeuroscienceSchool of Psychology
Sara FaithfullProfessor of Cancer Nursing PracticeSchool of Health Sciences
Lui ForniProfessor (Clinical)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Heather GageProfessor of Health EconomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Maria GetinoResearch Fellow in MicrobiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Faith GibsonProfessor of Child Health and Cancer CareSchool of Health Sciences
Matthew GloverResearch Fellow in Health EconomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Bruce GriffinProfessor of Nutritional MetabolismSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Paul HannaSenior Lecturer and Research Director in Clinical PsychologySchool of Psychology
Jenny HarrisLecturer in Cancer CareSchool of Health Sciences
Joanna HarrisVeterinary Clinical Teaching FellowSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Kathryn HartSenior Lecturer in Nutrition and DieteticsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Peter HilpertLecturer in Psychology, Research Methods and StatisticsSchool of Psychology
Charo HodgkinsResearch Fellow (RA II)School of Psychology
Linda HoinvilleResearch FellowSchool of Health Sciences
Daniel HortonSenior Lecturer in Veterinary VirologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Ying HuangPostdoctoral Research Associate in Biological Signal ProcessingSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Ibtissam JabreResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Daniel JacksonResearch Fellow in Health Economics (Part-time)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Kamalan JeevaratnamHead of Department of Veterinary Pre-Clinical Sciences and Programme Director BVMSciSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Jonathan JohnstonReader in Chronobiology and Integrative PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Christopher JonesSenior Lecturer in Social PsychologySchool of Psychology
Jake Jordan Research Fellow in Health EconomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Marika KaakinenLecturer in Statistical Multi-omicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Youngchan KimLecturer in Quantum BiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Naomi KlepaczResearch FellowSchool of Psychology
Roberto La RagioneProfessor in Veterinary Microbiology and PathologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Sean LangtonSenior Teaching Fellow in AnaesthesiaSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Agnieszka LemanskaLecturer in Integrated CareSchool of Health Sciences
Yingrui LiVice-Chancellor’s FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Giovanni Lo IaconoLecturer in Biostatistics/EpidemiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Ekelechi MacPeppleResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Jose Marcano-BelisarioResearch Fellow in Digital HealthSchool of Health Sciences
Afrodita MarcuResearch Fellow (RA II) in Cancer CareSchool of Health Sciences
Jai MehatResearch Fellow in MicrobiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Freda MoldLecturer - Integrated CareSchool of Health Sciences
Jonathan NelsonLecturer in Experimental Cognitive PsychologySchool of Psychology
Caroline NicholsonProfessor of Palliative Care and AgeingSchool of Health Sciences
Jane OgdenChair in Health PsychologySchool of Psychology
Catherine ParsonsResearch FellowSchool of Health Sciences
Bob PattonLecturer in Clinical PsychologySchool of Psychology
Aurore PoirierResearch Fellow in Molecular MicrobiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Joaquin PradaLecturer in Veterinary EpidemiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Inga ProkopenkoProfessor of E-One-HealthSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Monique RaatsAssociate Dean (Research and Innovation)School of Biosciences and Medicine and School of Psychology
Emma ReamProfessor and Director of Health Sciences ResearchSchool of Health Sciences
Victoria RevellLecturer in Translational Sleep and Circadian PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Jennifer RitchieSenior Lecturer in Microbial PathogenesisSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Andrea RoccoLecturer in Mathematical BiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Clare RusbridgeProfessor in Veterinary NeurologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Patrice RusconiLecturer in PsychologySchool of Psychology
Danuta SampsonResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Debra SkeneProfessor of NeuroendocrinologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Simon SkeneProfessor of Medical Statistics and Director of Surrey Clinical Trials UnitSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Kimberley SmithLecturer in Health PsychologySchool of Psychology
Karen StennerLecturer in Health Services ResearchSchool of Health Sciences
Annette SterrChair in Cognitive Neuroscience and NeuropsychologySchool of Psychology
Cath TaylorReader in Healthcare Workforce Organisation and WellbeingSchool of Health Sciences
Lada Timotijevic Principal Research FellowSchool of Psychology
David TisdallSenior Teaching Fellow in Production Animal MedicineSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Morro TourayResearch Fellow in Health EconomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Christopher TraceSenior Teaching FellowSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Arnoud van ViletSenior Lecturer in MicrobiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Ines ViolanteLecturer in Psychological NeuroscienceSchool of Psychology
Kezia WhatleyResearch Fellow in Molecular ParasitologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Sarah Wolfensohn OBEProfessor of Animal WelfareSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Kayleigh WylesLecturer in Environmental PsychologySchool of Psychology
Magdalena ZasadaResearch Fellow in Workforce Organisation and WellbeingSchool of Health Sciences

Research theme champions

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Professor Jo Armes

Digital Health and Data Science, Research Theme Champion

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Dr Tibor Auer

Digital Health and Data Science, Associate Research Theme Champion

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