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Date:2/5/2014

form policy development, implementation and evaluation.

At Leeds, this data analysis will span a wide range of topics, including research into controlling the spread of epidemics and improving network transport planning. It could also help with other challenges, such as mapping ethical consumer trends and tracing relationships between shopping habits and health outcomes.

Professor Mark Birkin of the University of Leeds' School of Geography, who will lead the ESRC project, said: "The modern consumer environment is producing vast amounts of data that we are only just starting to get to grips with. These data sets can contain enormous volumes of information that, if analysed and studied in the right way, will offer valuable insights into our society."

The ESRC project will be implemented with stringent safeguards in place that protect individual identities through anonymising individuals' information and strictly regulating how information is accessed.

The focus of the MRC-funded research will be to link up electronic health records from people who have already agreed to use of their data for research, with high volume molecular data, such as genome sequences. Careful analysis of these data sets in a secure environment can benefit patients by uncovering the underlying molecular mechanisms of disease, suggest new diagnostic and prognostic tests, help identify therapeutic targets, and monitor how effective medicines are.

Again, this research will be subject to stringent safeguards in relation to patient confidentiality and data protection and will operate to the highest ethical standards.

Professor Jeremy Wyatt, Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Leeds, said: "As well as the obvious boost to medical bioinformatics research in Leeds, the coincidence of both ESRC and MRC funding for research around consumer behaviour, health and genomics opens up unprecedented opportunities to understand the impact o
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Contact: Sarah Reed
s.j.reed@leeds.ac.uk
44-113-343-4196
University of Leeds
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