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Helical Network

The overall goal of HELICAL is to establish a European training network to prepare the next generation of Health Informatics Researchers. Advances in information science and artificial intelligence provide unprecedented opportunities for using these datasets to elucidate the complex biology of these disorders, how it is influenced by environmental triggers, and to personalise their management. Currently, exploitation of these opportunities is severely limited by the shortage of researchers with the required informatics skills, knowledge of requisite data protection and stewardship principles and understanding of the clinical context.

HELICAL addresses this unmet need by developing a trans-sectoral and interdisciplinary training programme that builds on the expertise and existing collaborations of its partners. It will use autoimmune vasculitis

as a paradigm because it is scalable, the analysis of different forms will allow the influence of age and gender to be assessed, and comprehensive biological and clinical datasets are already available.

The HELICAL training program focuses on three complementary areas:

The programme will be delivered through a multidisciplinary and transsectoral partnership of world-leading researchers from Academia and Industry with expertise in basic biomedical research, epidemiology, statistics, machine learning, health data governance and ethics.

The training provided addresses a key skills gap in the European workforce and will make the ESR eminently employable in academic, industrial and clinical sectors.

 

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What centres are involved with HELICAL?

There are 14 beneficiaries and 10 partner organisations involved in the HELICAL program.