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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

inter-disciplinary inter-DTC conference, UCL CoMPLEX, May 16-17

Posted 20 May 2013 by Farooq Khan

The UCL CoMPLEX annual conference this year coincided with a new initiative, the 2013 id² conference, an inter-disciplinary inter-doctoral training centre conference. the conference brings together students, from doctoral training centres in the UK and abroad, with a shared interest in the application and development of tools from mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering to problems in biomedical science. This exciting initiative is the first of what is hoped will be an annual conference bringing together researchers from DTCs around the country.... Read more

Cambridge Networks Day 2013

Posted 8 May 2013 by Farooq Khan

  The beginning to 2013 has been extraordinarily hectic with new projects being rolled out, so it's quite fitting that my first post of the year nicely coincides with the network science conference organised at the University of Cambridge. As last year we were treated to an abundance of riches as speaker after speaker fired our synapses, and stimulated connections in our brain that possibly weren't there before! It's always a privilege to have the opportunity to meet scientists who truly are... Read more