Farr Institute for health informatics research gets £20m in funding

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A UK health informatics research institute is set to receive a total of £20m in funding and is expected to attract further solid investments from the pharma and IT industry, a news report revealed.

The Farr Institute will be used to support the safe use of patient and research data for medical research and will also support research which is set to lead to advances in preventative medicines and better development of commercial drugs and diagnostics.

The £20m funding will come from the Medical Research Council and will be used for building four e-health informatics research centres, including the £4.3m Centre for the Improvement of Population Health through e-Records Research (CIPHER) at Swansea University.

Professor Sir John Savill, chief executive of the Medical Research Council, said: “Investment in the Farr Institute represents an important part of a wider MRC strategy to integrate clinical, genetic and other biomedical data to better understand health and disease.”

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