Wednesday, March 04, 2009

News 04/03/2009

** This message is being distributed on behalf of the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics based at the University of Leeds**

Dear Colleague,

We are writing to invite you to take part in a major survey supported by the Wellcome Trust and the MRC. The survey is part of a programme to increase the capacity of the UK to support clinical research by exploiting the growing quantity of high quality data held in clinical databases.

The survey can be found at

The project behind the survey has been funded to develop training courses for researchers and information specialists in the health and NHS research community on how best to make effective and secure links between routine clinical databases and research collections.

It follows on from reports from UK CRC, NHS Connecting for Health and other sponsors highlighting the potential for such linkages but which recognised the considerable technical and organisational barriers.

This survey is a first step in our project. We hope you will spare the few minutes taken to complete it. Apologies if you have received multiple copies of this message which has been widely distributed through numerous channels.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Rick Jones / Mr Mark Hawker
Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics
University of Leeds

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