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Data science uses mathematical, statistical and computational methods to extract information from large, complex datasets. Applying these methods to health and biomedical data can help drive breakthroughs in medical research.

Health Data research UK (HDRUK) supports the development of cutting-edge analytical tools and methodologies to address the most pressing health research challenges. In April 2018 HDRUK awarded funding to the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford and five other research communities to enable scientists, researchers and clinicians to harness data science on a national scale and use biological, clinical, social and environmental data to understand the causes of disease and develop new treatments to benefit patients and public health.

HDRUK is a joint investment led by the Medical Research Council, together with the National Institute for Health Research (England), the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), Health and Care Research Wales, Health and Social Care Research and Development Division (Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Heart Foundation and Wellcome.

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