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United Kingdom – The University of Oxford has opened an Applied Data Science Center to lead its work on the use of data, evidence and digital tools in healthcare and policy-making.

The Bennett Institute for Applied Sara Science will be based within the Nuffield Department of primary care health sciences at the university.

The center will be responsible for helping to develop, use and prove new tools and methods that can help data and evidence impact the lives of patients and citizens.

Researcher and author Ben Goldacre was named the Bennett Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine and Director of the Center for Applied Data Science.

Bennett is currently undertaking a review of the use of NHS data for the UK Health Secretary and works in public engagement, writing and dissemination for a general audience on issues in evidence-based medicine.

The Bennett Institute will include researchers from a variety of academic backgrounds, including clinicians, software engineers, policymakers, and statisticians.

Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: “The experience of the pandemic has demonstrated the centrality of data and evidence, not only to shape sound government policy, but also to improve outcomes. of public health.

” Well Goldacre and his team have shown how important universities have been in contributing to the health and well-being of the nation.

Goldacre said, “I am thrilled and delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Bennett Institute in this new role as a professor.

“Data and evidence have proven their power to transform lives. The Bennett Institute Foundation will help us accelerate our work, innovate more flexibly, and develop broad collaborations outside of medicine.