Hosted in IBM’s state-of-the-art client centre, a series of speakers and discussions will showcase examples of digital projects including apps and artificial intelligence being developed by AMRC member charities while other key sector players from tech and government demonstrate how to navigate around the digital space, partner and collaborate with technology companies. Examples will show the positive role and power of patient data in digital health. Take the opportunity to learn from others facing similar challenges, and to network with the tech community.

Aimed at:

  • those responsible for digital and/or data within their medical research charity
  • technology companies who are or would like to network with medical research charities


9.00-9.15             Chair’s opening remarks  - Julie Dodd, Director of Digital, Parkinson’s UK

9.15-10.00           Session 1: Keynote address

The power of digital, a patient perspective – David  Aaronovitch, The Times

10.00-10.45         Session 2: Showcasing examples of innovating in the digital space: online tools and services to improve patient outcomes

  • Stroke Recovery Tool, Steph Parker, Deputy Director of Digital and Content,  ‎Stroke Association
  • A digital revolution at Target Ovarian Cancer, Alexandra Holden, Director of Communication, Target Ovarian Cancer
  • AI app for patients, Orthopaedic Research UK, Kaveh Memarzadeh, Research and Communication Manager, Orthopaedic Research UK and Axel Sylvan, Co-founder, myrecovery

10.45-11.15        Philanthropic Investments in Health – opportunities for charities, Mark Wakefield,  Corporate Citizenship Manager, IBM

11.15-11.45         Coffee break

11.45-12.45         Session 3: AI and machine learning to improve understanding of our research impact and conditions

  • Using technology including wearables, apps and home monitoring to improve the lives of people with CF, Professor Andres Floto, Professor of Respiratory Biology, Cambridge University 
  • Using machine learning to understand impact at Wellcome, Danil Mikhailov, Head of Digital Strategy & Innovation, Wellcome Trust and Nick Sorros, Senior Data Scientist, Wellcome Data Labs

12:45-13:45         Lunch

13:45-15:00         Session 4: Opportunities to work with tech and industry

  • Demand for innovation: articulating the problem, tbc
  • The launch of the industrial strategy challenge fund, Chris Geary, Innovation Lead – Digital Health
  • Connected devices and using digital to understand asthma in a totally different way, Kay Boycott, Chief Executive, Asthma UK
  • Ovarian Cancer/UCL Department of Computer Science – exercise monitoring app, Marie-Claire Platt, Head of Operations and Campaigns, Ovarian Cancer Action

15:00-15:30         Coffee break

15:30-16:30         Session 5: Data: beyond GDPR

Panel session: making the case for patient data

Chaired by Aisling Burnand, Chief Executive, Association of Medical Research Charities

Panelists: Susan Charman, Registry Senior Statistician, Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Cancellation policy

There are no refunds for this event, but if you find that you cannot attend after purchasing your ticket, you are more than welcome to send someone else from your organisation in your place if you let us know in advance.

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