Health Informatics Research @ Aberdeen

Health Informatics Research @ Aberdeen

 The University of Aberdeen has a long history in health informatics research.


One of our key strengths at the University of Aberdeen is our ability to link data from across the life course. The University of Aberdeen has a long track record in health informatics research which is supported by the HEADLINES research network and the Grampian Data Safe Haven.

Expert Resources

HIR@Aberdeen provides a gateway to expertise from a vibrant research community here at the University of Aberdeen, with excellent facilities and resources (see tab below).

Building on success

Health informatics research at the University of Aberdeen is in partnership with the Farr Institute@Scotland, Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland and the Scottish Safe Haven Network.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have been publishing peer reviewed health informatics research articles since 2008.

The University of Aberdeen hosts a number of large datasets and cohort studies, including:

AMND - Aberdeen Maternity Neonatal Databank

Initiated by Professor Sir Dugald Baird in 1950, AMND is one of the longest running collections of detailed maternity and neonatal data in the world.  Read more ...

Aberdeen Birth Cohort Study

ABC1936 is a follow-up of the cohort of Scottish children born in 1936 who all sat the the Moray House Test of mental ability in 1947. Read more ...

Primary Care Clinical Informatics Unit

PCCIU was founded in 1999 and is the first Scottish Primary Care dataset, holding substantial data from around 200 Scottish practices. Read more ...


The range of services and facilities available to support health informatics research continues to grow.  A sample of commonly used resources can be found below.

Biomedical Imaging

Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre

Facilitating high quality, hypothesis driven imaging research through state of the art imaging infrastructure and an expert team dedicated to creating new imaging techniques and technologies.


Administrative Data Liaison Service (ADLS)

Now part of the Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland, the ADLS supports administrative data based research in the UK by providing expertise in the uses of administrative data, legal and ethical research, data security, disclosure risks and data linkage.

Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRC) Scotland

Part of the Administrative Data Research Network, ADRC Scotland is led by the University of Edinburgh and brings together many major Scottish research centres and involves world leading experts in the theory, methods and policy of linking records for secondary uses.

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Electronic Data Research and Innovation Service (eDRIS)

eDRIS makes conducting research easier, more efficient and more convenient by providing a single point of contact to assist researchers in study design, approvals and data access in a secure environment. eDRIS is part of Public Health Intelligence (formerly ISD and HPS) and supports the Farr Institute@Scotland and ADRC Scotland.

Farr@Aberdeen room

Farr@Aberdeen Researcher Facility

A secure facility, with an interactive whiteboard and video conferencing, to support research groups working on linked datasets to collaborate as they analyse data held in the Grampian DaSH or other Safe Havens forming part of the Scottish Safe Haven Network.

Grampian DaSH

Grampian Data Safe Haven

Facilitating safe access to population health data for research while adhering to the highest standards of security and governance and protecting patient confidentiality.



HEADLINES is a network of researchers interested in health informatics research. A forum for researchers to bring together experience, share resources, support education and training, and promote excellence in health informatics research.

Medical Statistics

Medical Statistics Team

The team provides statistical consultancy, teaching, and support to colleagues in the College of Life Sciences and Medicine and NHS Grampian.

NHS National Services Scotland

National Privacy Advisory Committee (PAC) 

PAC provides advice on the balance between protecting personal data and making national data available for research, audit and other important uses, and ensures that any information released is carefully controlled.

NHS Grampian

NHS Grampian Research & Development (R&D)

Esures research is conducted to high scientific, ethical and financial standards and aims to provide guidance to researchers undertaking non-commercial & commercial research involving NHS Grampian.


Research Applications & Data Management

Offers research application building and data management services to researchers in the University of Aberdeen, NHS Grampian and external clients.


Scottish Health Informatics Programme (SHIP)

Now part of the Farr Institute @ Scotland, SHIP has been a Scotland-wide research platform for the collation, management, dissemination and analysis of Electronic Patient Records, exploiting Scotland's 30 year track record of nationwide record linkage research.



An initiative created to establish a register of people interested in participating in health research and who agree to allow SHARE to use the coded data in their various NHS computer records to check whether they might be suitable for health research studies.


UK Biobank

A major national health resource with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses.


BBC Scotland Online July 25, 2019

Article in The Sunday Times August 27, 2017

Online BBC Article September 20, 2017

Essential Links

Below you will find a list of networks and collaborations affiliated with HIR@Aberdeen.


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