The Turing's health and medical sciences programme has long-term interests in personalised healthcare and treatment heterogeneity – the analysis of how medical treatments can affect different people in different ways. The programme is seeking to generate insights which improve the understanding of patient and disease heterogeneity and its relevance to clinical outcomes.
The goal of this partnership is to establish a world-leading collaboration in advanced analytics between Roche and the Turing, focused on enabling the transformative benefits of personalised healthcare to become a reality for patients around the world. Publication of methods and algorithms will follow the principles of open science to ensure that they are reproducible and interoperable.
This expanded strategic partnership was launched following a successful Data Study Group at the Turing in April 2019, and a 12-week research project later the same year, explored in the case study Turing and Roche: Towards tailor-made lung cancer treatment.
More information on the partnership can be found in this short video from our event hosted in July 2021.
The Turing-Roche partnership is running for five years and will cover multiple activities with the 'North Star' of developing new data science methods to investigate large, complex, clinical and healthcare datasets to better understand how and why patients respond differently to treatment, and how treatment can be improved. Current partnership projects are listed below.
Structured missingness in heterogeneous data
Missing data are a common problem that arise in many fields and can significantly complicate analysis. While there are established ways to handle data that is missing at random, it is often the case that missing readings are structured in some way. Dealing with such structured missingness is substantially more challenging yet occurs commonly in healthcare (and other) contexts. Consequently, there is a need to develop rigorous ways to understand structured missingness and develop tools to handle it appropriately.
In November 2021 we ran a series of virtual workshops on the topic of structured missingness, with the aim of convening a community of researchers interested in developing new tools and methods, to learn from heterogenous data with structured patterns of missing readings. You can read more about the workshops in the report in the downloads section below. We then ran a competitive funding call in this area to complement the workshops and fund projects in this area. We funded two 18-month projects to Professor Ginestra Bianconi and Dr Robin Mitra and their teams which you can read more about here. These projects will be starting in September 2022 and we will be sharing regular updates from the projects here and also through our Slack Workspace and Knowledge Share events, as well as open publications of methods, algorithms and results.
We also have published an article on the partnership and this area of research on Genomics England's site Mind the Gap: Stories of Health Data Equity. The site publishes stories on different ideas, initiatives and perspectives to showcase the challenges of data diversity. You can check out our piece about the partnership and missing data.
Furthermore, the partnership are working on a review paper to frame grand challenges in structured missingness. We will link here when it has been published.
We are exploring the research theme of predictive modelling in healthcare and how this branch of advanced analytics can potentially predict and help improve patient outcomes and beyond. Our Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, Tapabrata (Rohan) Chakraborty, has been scoping this area. Find out more and how to connect with him.
We have also launched a funding call in this area: 'Predictive Modelling in the context of uncertainty and heterogeneity in biomedical data' and are inviting proposals from researchers. Projects can either be main projects running for 12-18 months and aimed at senior researchers, or pilot projects running for approximately six months for early-career researchers looking to pursue proof-of-concept research. The call closes 14 November. You can also register for our information and Q&A session on the 16 September. We're also inviting researchers to attend an associated collaborative workshop.
Knowledge share series
We've launched a new knowledge share series aiming to bring together members of both Roche and Turing's networks and the wider scientific community to showcase partnership updates and research, knowledge share and hear different academic and industry perspectives to gain insight and help build new connections and collaborations. Find our monthly events and how to register here.
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