Professor David Ford, Professor of Informatics and Co-director of Population Data Science at Swansea University, has been appointed to the Cancer Research UK Data Advisory Board. With his extensive background in health informatics and a specialisation in Population Data Science, Professor Ford is widely recognised as a leading authority in the field.
The Data Advisory Board is pivotal in guiding Cancer Research UK’s work in data-driven cancer research. Professor Ford joins the existing board of 11 international experts, bringing a unique perspective on data science, including trends and advances. The board advises Cancer Research UK on a wide range of topics and activities, such as:
- current and future data programmes and funding streams
- computing and infrastructure
- research data findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability
- training, careers, and research capacity to carry out quality data science
- patient and public involvement and engagement
- therapeutic translation
- community and culture
- sustainability, including environmental
- equality, diversity, and inclusion
Cancer Research UK is dedicated to accelerating progress in the fight against cancer through cutting-edge research, and its Research Data Strategy is at the heart of this mission. The strategy aims to optimise the use of data in cancer research, focusing on improving early detection, treatment, and patient outcomes.
David Ford, Professor of Informatics and Co-Director of Population Data Science at Swansea University, said: “I am greatly honoured to join other global experts on Cancer Research UK’s Data Advisory Board.
With the introduction of their groundbreaking Research Data Strategy, Cancer Research UK is set to unlock the potential of data science – driving advancements in discovery, prevention, detection, and treatments for people with cancer.”