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AI and Data Research Group

The focus of this group is the governance and ethics of research utilising previously collected data in the NHS (secondary use) and / or  AI and data driven research. The aims of the group are to create a community of practice in which members can discuss and share best practice. The group will provide a space for members to discuss queries and concerns and to share documents and resources. The group will provide a collective voice for R&D professionals and engage with relevant stakeholders including the HRA, MRC and others.

Group Chair:

Helen Street

Helen works in R&D at Cambridge University Hospitals and leads on the governance and ethics of data studies, in particular research utilising previously collected data and/or developing AI technologies. She has been involved with the setup of several “big data” studies and databases, including studies to test/train algorithms and is responsible for developing processes to facilitate the safe and transparent use of patient data for research. Helen has a varied background in the health sector and has worked in research management and governance since 2012, as well as being a member of an NHS REC for several years. She has also conducted research into consent and secondary uses of patient data, and the governance of dementia studies.

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