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MSF Scientific Day 2015

Posted 11 May 2015 by Farooq Khan

This year MSF Scientific Day was spread over two days, and it proved to be a wise decision. MSF is rich with scientific research and technological innovation, to try and cover both areas in one day really doesn’t do all the great work by MSF justice. It needs two days to cover two very distinct areas of research and innovation. The first day covered ‘Innovative Approaches and Technology in Humanitarian Action’, and day two covered ‘Medical Research from the Frontline’.... Read more

Venture research and other adventures: are we getting the most out of UK research?

Posted 20 January 2015 by Farooq Khan

I start the New Year on a good footing in thinking about what type of funding is necessary to make revolutionary scientific breakthroughs? This question was at the heart of a discussion organised by UCL Public Policy. It is a question that brings to light some of the problems in research funding, especially when it comes to funding the type of research, which is necessary to make those paradigm shifts in science, and create the next technological revolutions. The event... Read more

Annual CLMS Symposium 2014

Posted 17 June 2014 by Farooq Khan

This is one of the most exciting periods for scientific research in the life and medical sciences, which the Annual CLMS Symposium has come to symbolise. The digitisation of biology is transforming how we do research and how we make scientific discoveries, with UCL very much leading global research. This year's conference evoked the promise of an era of personalised medicine. The keynote speech by Sir John Chisholm of Genomics England outlined the UK's vision for genomics research, and establish... Read more

Modelling: Big Data & Society – UCL CoMPLEX Annual Conference

Posted 3 June 2014 by Farooq Khan

The UCL CoMPLEX Annual Conference continued the theme of Big Data, which has figured quite prominently in conferences this year. The speakers at this year's CoMPLEX annual conference, Dr David Weston (Birkbeck), Dr Drew Purves (Microsoft Research), Professor Gesine Reinert (Oxford), Dr Peter White (Imperial, Public Health England), Professor Michael Stumpf (Imperial) and Professor Chris Gilligan (Cambridge, newly announced Chair of JNCC) all highlighted some of the recurrent themes that occupy our minds, in how we develop the necessary tools and... Read more

MSF Scientific Day 2014

Posted 26 May 2014 by Farooq Khan

The annual MSF Scientific Days epitomise the ideals of applied clinical research. MSF is in principle a humanitarian organisation that delivers 'emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare,' and yet integrates scientific research into its ethos. This is in itself a remarkable feat considering its primary aim, especially in comparison with other humanitarian organisations. But then MSF is not your stereotypical humanitarian organisation. The fact that scientific research is integrated into how they... Read more

UCL Big Data Symposium

Posted 8 April 2014 by Farooq Khan

  The Computational Life and Medical Sciences network at UCL hosted a Big Data Symposium in partnership with the UCL Big Data Institute. The event explored the role of Big Data analytics in a broad range of sectors from innovations in scientific research to medical and health innovation to driving business innovation. The world of Big Data is a defining theme of human civilisation in the 21st century, and it opens up new possibilities in how we shape human civilisation... Read more

“Now for the long term” by Sir John Beddington & Lord Rees

Posted 6 December 2013 by Farooq Khan

The establishment of the Oxford Martin School is an important initiative to research the greatest global challenges facing us. I attended a featured event organised by the School, 'Now for the Long Term' where Sir John Beddington and Lord Rees outlined some of the short-term and long-term challenges that require urgent attention from governments worldwide. I was struck by both the degree of optimism and pessimism in tackling issues such as climate change, where it seems that scientific evidence is... Read more

Complexity’s Methods & Models

Posted 19 September 2013 by Farooq Khan

Complexity is a term that has become highly popular, however the application of this field needs to be further defined and refined, especially since there is no unified view of how to define complexity. There are different definitions of complexity, which become apparent depending upon the research area, and while there are some common threads, computer scientists, biologists, physicists, mathematicians, social scientists will each have their own particular flavour in how they define complexity; these differences become more apparent when... Read more


Posted 5 July 2013 by Farooq Khan

The Computational Life and Medical Sciences (CLMS) Network Third Annual Symposium of 2013 provided a great insight into how the computational sciences are transforming medicine and the life sciences. The challenges of Big Data both from a governance and analytical point of view present significant challenges, but promise to bring about radical changes in how we manage and treat disease. A keynote address by Professor Andrew Morris from the University of Dundee highlighted the capability of the information and computer sciences... Read more