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September 2018

North receives £10m government investment for AI and digital pathology

Leeds researchers have been awarded a £10.1m investment from UK Research and Innovation to expand a digital pathology and artificial intelligence programme across the North of England.

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), announced the investment today (Tuesday), as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust welcomed the announcement of national funding which will allow the creation of a digital pathology clinical network and research programme.

The successful partnership bid led by the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals embraces a network of nine NHS hospitals, seven universities and ten industry-leading medical technology companies, called the Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative (NPIC).

The investment of £10.1m from UK Research and Innovation is boosted by an initial investment of £7m from the companies involved in the programme.

The consortium is now set to become a globally-leading centre for applying artificial intelligence (AI) research to cancer diagnosis.

Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, said: “Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is a global leader in the area of digital pathology for cancer diagnosis, thanks to the close links with academic researchers. We are now expanding this digitisation across the north through this exciting partnership between universities, the NHS and industry.

“Going forward, new technologies such as artificial intelligence have the potential to transform how we diagnose cancer and other diseases, and the University is making great advances in this area.”

Dr Yvette Oade, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This is a really exciting step for patients because computers using artificial intelligence can be trained to recognise the patterns of disease. Machines will support clinically trained pathologists to diagnose cancer faster, better and at lower cost.

“We can also explore how to use digital pathology as part of precision medicine to ensure patients receive treatments tailored to their disease. This is a huge opportunity for Yorkshire to lead in this new area and further enhance our position as a hub for medical technology.”

NPIC will put new digital pathology scanners into a network of northern NHS hospitals, including all of the hospitals across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, to gather digital pathology images for training AI systems. This will generate about 760,000 images per year, about 1.2 Petabytes of data.

The project also aims to develop more integrated ways of working across regional clinical pathology services.

Clinicians will then work with industry and academic researchers to make new AI systems capable of analysing digital pathology images leading to better diagnoses for diseases like cancer.

The work will stimulate AI research locally in academic and business sectors, creating jobs and supporting economic growth across the Leeds City Region.

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, said: “Early diagnosis of illness can greatly increase the chances of successful treatment and save lives.

“The centres announced today bring together the teams that will develop artificial intelligence tools that can analyse medical images varying from x-rays to microscopic sections from tissue biopsies. Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionise the speed and accuracy of medical diagnosis.”

Dr Darren Treanor, a Pathologist at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, is leading the project. Speaking at the Alan Turing Institute today (Tuesday), he said: “Digital pathology is a technology with a huge potential to improve healthcare.

“This new northern co-operative will allow us to use digital pathology to help patients across the region, and provide a platform on which we will develop artificial intelligence tools for pathology diagnosis to be used around the world.”

A key part of the project is to consider the ethics of data sharing to ensure NPIC partners abide by the highest professional standards when images are utilised for research purposes.

NPIC will engage patients and the public in a programme of work about the use of anonymised images for AI research. It will also inform the development of a ‘national pathology exchange’ - software that allows images to be shared between NHS sites nationally so that patients can benefit from second opinions from anywhere in the UK.

August 2018

NIHR Surgical MIC National Meeting

'Surgery for Tomorrow's NHS' is the theme for the Surgical MICs National Meeting this year which will be held in the centre of Leeds.

There will be an exciting range of speakers who are prolific in the field of Colorectal, Vascular and Hepatopanreaticobiliary (HPB) surgery.

Speakers will be announced over the next few months, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Registration is FREE via Eventbrite

Clich here to download the flyer

 
July 2018

NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative - 3D Printing Technology Innovation Showcase Event

On the 22nd August, the NIHR Surgical MIC will be hosting a technology showcase by a company called Trandomed.  They are interested in developing research collaborations for 3D printing and they are particularly interested in the following areas:

  • New 3D printing materials for skeleton fixation and reconstruction
  • New 3D printing materials for soft tissue reconstruction
  • New 3D printing material for physiological simulation

If you or someone you know might be interested, please register via the following link - Register Here

If link doesn't work, then please copy and paste this address into your web browser 

-https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/3d-printing-technology-innovation-for-personalised-medicine-projects-tickets-48030711150 

 

June 2018

GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 - Key Facts for research.

The MRC in conjunction with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) have produce the following fact sheet to dispel some current misconceptions about the new regulations and research in the NHS.

https://mrc.ukri.org/documents/pdf/mrc-hra-gdpr-key-facts-for-research/

May 2018

How is your personal information used in research within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT).

You can find out how your data is used in research here in the LTHT on our new page. 

http://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/research/how-is-your-personal-information-handled-in-research/

April 2018

Health Research Authority guidance for NHS sites on forthcoming GDPR regulations

https://www.hra.nhs.uk/planning-and-improving-research/policies-standards-legislation/data-protection-and-information-governance/gdpr-guidance/  

Operational guidance is primarily aimed at chief investigators and sponsors, but it is important for those delivering and supporting studies at sites to be aware of the guidance too and guidance for information to be provided to participants.

January 2018

Introducing the new LEMeR (Leeds Emergency Medicine Research) website

http://www.lemer.org  

The website is the 'go to' space to find out about the award nominated 'Big Front Door' initiative and what research trials and research related events are being undertaken from the Emergency Department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Thursday 30th November 2017

New process for obtaining CSU Research Lead Approval

There is now a new process for the assessment of capacity and capability of research studies conducted at LTHT.  This process is a trust wide process and will replace all existing mechanisms to obtain CSU approval. 

You must now complete the LTHT Research Study Capacity and Capability Assessment Form which is available on the R&I web pages at http://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/assets/Uploads/Capability-Application-Form-v1.0-01.09.2017.docx and submit to your CSU for review and approval. 

A completed and signed copy of this form must be submitted to LTHT R&I as evidence of CSU confirmation that there is capacity and capability within the CSU to deliver the study. Supplementary CSU specific feasibility paperwork may still be used locally to aid decision making but only this form will be accepted by LTHT R&I.

Thursday 16th November 2017

Three more HRA eLearning modules go live

The modules, which are aimed at anyone involved in designing, undertaking or reviewing such research – including R&D staff, sponsors and research ethics committee members – focus on:

  • research involving human tissue
  • research involving exposure to ionising radiation
  • confidentiality and information governance considerations in research.

The modules form half of a suite of six we have developed this year, the other three – medical devicesresearch involving participants lacking mental capacity, and use of the HRA Schedule of Events – have already been released.

 

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Patient Research Ambassadors

The Trust currently has eleven volunteer Patient Research Ambassadors (PRA), whose role it is to help promote the opportunities to take part in research within Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and they currently:

- Are part of the public facing team for the research within the Trust

- Collaborate with staff to improve research opportunities and communications

- Liaise with other PRAs across the Yorkshire and Humber region to share learning and experiences.

One of our PRA's John White has recently made a video about his experience in the role which can be viewed at:

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/news/a-patient-research-ambassador-shares-his-experience-of-the-role-in-a-new-video/7224?diaryentryid=27176

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On the 22nd August, the NIHR Surgical MIC will be hosting a technology showcase by a company called Trandomed.  They are interested in developing research collaborations for 3D printing and they are particularly interested in the following areas:

  • New 3D printing materials for skeleton fixation and reconstruction
  • New 3D printing materials for soft tissue reconstruction
  • New 3D printing material for physiological simulation

If you or someone you know might be interested, please register via the following link - Register Here

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