The University of Manchester is one of the world’s top 30 universities with over 6000 academic and research active staff and an income of £318 million from research grants and contracts (2018-19). UNIMAN has a strong heritage of collaborative multidisciplinary research, to tackle some of society’s most pressing problems. UNIMAN has participated in over 380 EU funded projects, led the coordination of 39, and hosted 33 European Research Council (ERC) grants.
The project will be undertaken in the Centre for Health Informatics (CHI) led by Professor Ainsworth which has an international reputation with a broad portfolio in digital health research. Research includes big data, IoT, precision medicine, epidemiology, citizen driven health, public health, clinical trials and learning health systems. CHI has over 60 staff, from a broad range of disciplines including clinicians, software engineering, statistic, machine learning, epidemiology, systems, and health services research & implementation. Our portfolio of grants includes funding from H2020, IMI, UKRI and NIH with a combined portfolio of grants in excess of €100m over the last ten years.
The participants from UNIMAN have a long track record in developing novel digital solutions for addressing healthcare challenges, including mobile applications, IoT and sensor-based networks, personal health records, integration with clinical systems and learning health systems. UNIMAN researchers have experience of applying and evaluating systems developed to remote monitoring, behavior change, service improvement, prediction, self-management and clinical decision making. Moreover, they have experience of a wide range of diseases and conditions including mental health, dementia, musculoskeletal, respiratory and cancer. Their approach is to use modern software engineering languages and an agile development process to deliver high quality innovative digital platforms that can be used in clinical settings.