Health and Data Linkage in North East Scotland (HEADLINES) is a research network that brings together researchers from the University of Aberdeen, NHS Grampian and Robert Gordon's University.
Our aim is to optimise the secondary use of electronic health data for research by bringing together experience, sharing resources, and by supporting collaborative working, education and training, and best practice in governance.
As well as regular communication via the email distribution list, we also host regular events for our members to meet and share information and promote collaboration in health informatics research.
HEADLINES was formed in November 2011 after the Principal, Professor Diamond, identified "Pathways to a Healthy Life" as a major strategic research theme for the University of Aberdeen.
Common to the areas of research in which the IAHS was already contributing to this theme, we identified health informatics research, or the use of national and local data sources and their linkage, as a powerful means of understanding the factors which influence health and disease over the course of life.