News within ACHDS

Browse our news updates below across the Aberdeen Centre of Health Data Science, including awards and conference attendances.

IPLDN Conference September 2022

The Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science (ACHDS) has research accepted for presentations at the International Population Data Linkage Network conference on the 7th - 9th of September 2022.

The team had seven presentations and a poster featured at the event, as well as many contributions to other presentations. Sixteen members of staff attended the conference, and enjoyed meeting up with collaborators from ADR, Research Data Scotland, Scottish Safe Havens Network, Health Foundation Networked Data Labs, and Health Data Research UK.

The topics in our presentations and poster covered:

  • Dr W Ball - Inequalities in children’s mental health prescribing and referrals for specialist mental health services
  • Dr J Lumsden - The path to approvals: Facilitating access to healthcare data via a local Governance Forum
  • Dr J Butler - The clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID: Identification and changes in healthcare while self isolating (shielding) during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Dr K f Adamczyk - Give and take? The unexpected benefits of public engagement as an end-initself social practice in the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s cohort study
  • Dr L Farrow/K Wilde - Use of “Hidden in Plain Sight” deidentification methodology in electronic healthcare data provides minimal risk of misidentification: Results from the iCAIRD Safe Haven Artificial Intelligence Platform
  • Dr M Rzewuska - “All about communication" - a perspective on our public involvement practices in the Networked Data Lab in Grampian
  • K Wilde - Introducing a new Trusted Research Environment - the Safe Haven Artificial Platform (SHAIP)
  • Dr B Scheliga - Introducing a new Trusted Research Environment - the Safe Haven Artificial Platform (SHAIP)

The Principal's Prize for Public Engagement with Research 2017

Awarded to Dr Jessica Butler

The Principal's Prize for Public Engagement with Research recognises outstanding achievement in public engagement. The prizes are awarded annually to a member of staff who has an exceptional record of achievement in public engagement inspired by areas of University research.

The 2017 winner in the Early Career Category was Dr Jessica Butler from Institute of Applied Health Science for her work with the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study.

The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study includes almost all of the people born in the city in the early to mid-1950s (12,150 in total). It has been based at the University for the past 55 years.

The study makes links between the population’s data across their lifespan. These links have been used to answer questions like: what aspects of childhood influence adult health? After a difficult start in life, what helped people succeed later? What aspects of family, school and community influence wellbeing?

Our team designed an engagement programme around this important Aberdeen resource that included a participant reunion, events at Explorathon and Mayfest, talks to many local groups like Rotary, a short film, and new social media.