Each year, prizes for excellence in health data research are awarded at HDR UK’s Annual Scientific Conference. Read on to find out who’s been nominated for this year’s awards: Impact of the Year, Team of the Year, and the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Award. 

Winners will be selected by a panel of experts, and announced at the HDR UK Scientific Conference on 14 December.  

Plus, we reveal the winners of our ‘Reproducibility recognitions’, celebrating those who have gone above and beyond to produce health data research that is reproducible and re-useable. 

Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement Award 

Patient and public involvement and engagement is core to HDR UK’s mission. We want the views and ideas of patients and public to be embedded into each stage of research, to ensure public data is used in a way that is transparent and trustworthy, and meaningfully improves lives. 

This award celebrates best practice and innovation in public involvement and engagement, using criteria in line with theUK Standards for Public Involvement, across all aspects of research, infrastructure and service development, within HDR UK and beyond. 

  • Gut Reaction Gemma Winsor, Sarah Sleet, Amanda Stranks, Mark Avery, Eleanor Hall, Charlie Clarke, John Bradley, Neil Walker, Nathalie Kingston, Mary Kasanicki, Prof Miles Parkes, Laetitia Pele
  • PIONEER Health Data Research Hub for Acute Care Elizabeth Sapey, Suzy Gallier, Andrew Percy, Ben Crosby, Rima Doal, Alec Topham, Sarah Lim, Lily Li, Alan Kwok, Mark Bayliss, Kiki Chan, Jadene Lewis
  • MuM-PreDiCT  Rachel Plachcinski, Ngawai Moss and the MuM-PreDiCT Research Team.  

Team of the Year Award 

Team working is core to HDR UK’s mission. This award celebrates collaborative endeavours by groups of researchers, innovators, technologists, triallists and more working together within HDR UK and beyond.  

As well as being diverse and inclusive in membership, the winning team will exemplify HDR UK’s values of transparency, optimism, courage, respect and humility. 

  •  MuM-PreDiCT Krishnarajah Nirantharakumar, Adeniyi Fagbamigbe, Amaya Azcoaga-Lorenzo Anuradhaa Subramanian, Astha Anand, Beck Taylor ,  Catherine Nelson-Piercy Christine Damase-Michel , Colin McCowan Christopher Yau, Dermot O’Reilly , Helen Dolk ,Gillian Santorelli , Holly Hope , Jonathan Kennedy , Kelly-Ann , Kathryn M Abel ,Louise Locock , Maria Loane , Mairead Black , Ngawai Moss , Peter Brocklehurst , Rachel Plachcinski , Richard Riley , Sinead Brophy , Shakila Thangaratinam, Utkarsh Agrawal , Zoe Vowles , Siang Ing Lee , Neil Cockburn  , Katherine ,Megha , Yuangen Li  , Francesca Crowe , Stephanie Hanley,Steven Wambua , Mohamed Mhereeg ,Charles Gadd , Lisa Kent , Sharon McCann, Jemma Healey , Sudasing Pathirannehelage Buddhika Hemali Sudasinghe  
  • EAVE II – Early Pandemic Evaluation and Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19 PIs: Vittal Katikireddi (University of Glasgow), Colin McCowan (University of St Andrews), Mark Woolhouse, Aziz Sheikh, Igor Rudan, Sarah Stock, (University of Edinburgh), Lewis Ritchie (University of Aberdeen), Colin Simpson (Victoria University of Wellington), Rachael Wood, Jim McMenamin, Josie Murray (Public Health Scotland); Public Advisory Group (some names shortened out of respect for privacy): Sandra Jayacodi (PAG Co-Lead), David Weatherill (PAG Co-Lead), Carrol Lamouline, Deb Smith, Emily Lam, Eve Smyth, Farzana Kausir, JC, Joanna C, Kamil Sterniczuk, Lynn Laidlaw, Peter McDade, Philip Bell, Tamara Jayacodi, Hameed Khan; Analysts: Steven Kerr, Ahmar Shah, Tristan Millington, Fasih Haider, Sam Hillman, Fatima Almaghrabi, Holly Tibble, Calum Macdonald, Karen Jeffrey, Luke Daines, Ting Shi (University of Edinburgh), Utkarsh Agrawal (University of St Andrews), Ronan McCabe (University of Glasgow), Sharon Kennedy, Zoe Grange, Chris Sullivan (Public Health Scotland); Professional services: Lana Woolford, Vicky Hammersley, Natalia Reglinska-Matveyev Gabriella Linning, Laura Brook, Calder Hudson (University of Edinburgh), Amie Willson (Public Health Scotland). 
  • UKHSA SIREN Team Victoria Hall, Susan Hopkins, Public Health Wales, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland, Colin Brown, Michelle Cole, Sarah Foulkes and others

HDR UK Impact of the Year Award 

Our ultimate goal is to use health data to improve people’s lives. This award looks at work from the last 12 months that has delivered impact to clinical practice or policy through algorithms, software or research publications.  

In line with our commitment to public and patient involvement and engagement, our shortlist have all involved patients, service users, carers or the public at each appropriate stage of their work.  

Reproducibility Recognitions 

Reproducibility is central to HDR UK’s values – the ability to repeat research, reuse techniques and verify results is central to developing the established understanding that new treatments, healthcare practices and improvements to public health are built on. 

We asked the health data research community to tell us about the practices they use to make their research reproducible and re-useable – whether that be open-source software, reporting guidelines, or FAIR data. 

  • Co-Connect Phil Quinlan, Gordon Milligan, Tom Giles , Joe Best , Sam Cox, Philip Appleby, Christian Cole, Andrew Hadfield, Scott Horban, Emily Jefferson, Daniel Lea, Calum MacDonald, Erum Masood, Shahzad Mumtaz, Vasiliki Panagi, Esmond Urwin, Jenny Johnston, Robert Santos, Christopher Hall, David Schlessinger, Simon Tarr, Joseph Lavagna, Ipek Birced, Jill Hampton, Claire Collins, Sam Rising, Susan Hopkins, Aziz Sheikh
  • HDR UK Text Analytics Richard Dobson, Angus Roberts, Thomas Searle; Honghan Wu; Vlad Dinu; Xi Bai; Alex Handy; Elizabeth Ford; Kerina Jones; James Teo; Georgios Gkoutos; Wai Keong Wong; Amos Folarin; Daniel Bean; Simon Ball; Elizabeth Sapey; Rob Harland; Nigel Collier; William Whiteley; Luke Slater; Andreas Karwath; Sarah Wang; Amy Gosling; Natalie Fitzpatrick 
  • The Phenotype Library Natalie Fitzpatrick, Martin Chapman, Vasa Curcin, Sprios Denaxas, Chuang Gao, George Gkoutos, Emily Jefferson, Andreas Karwath, Shahzad Mumtaz, Helen Parkinson, Daniel Thayer, Leandro Tramma, Harry Hemmingway
  • PAMepi Juliane Fonseca de Oliveira, Moreno S Rodrigues, Pablo IP Ramos, Nivea B da Silva, Arthur R de Azevedo, Andressa CS Ferreira, Felipe AC Pereira, Fabio MHS Filho, Luis IO Valencia 
  • RADAR-Base Yatharth Ranjan, Amos Folarin, Pauline Conde, Heet Sankesara, Zulqarnain Rashid, Richard Dobson
  • COVID-UK/COVID-IMPACT consortium Rouven Priedon, Tom Bolton, John Nolan, Mehrdad Mizani, Zach Welshman, Ashley Akbari, Fatemeh Torabi, Hoda Abbasizanjani, Cathie Sudlow, Lynn Morrice, Samaira Khan, Kate McAllister, Angela Wood, Spiros Denaxas and all other members of the CVD-COVID-UK/COVID-IMPACT consortium 

Hidden Role Recognitions 

Taking inspiration from the Hidden Ref, HDR UK want to celebrate the practices and people who have had an impact on research delivery.  We are pleased to congratulate our inaugural Hidden Role recipients who  represent the diversity of health data science including programme managers, administrative staff, PPIE leads, technologists, and more:

Erum Masood , Jenny Johnston, Joe Best, Laetitia Pele, Vicky Hammersley, Natalia Reglinska-Matveyev, Lana Woolford. Alecsandru Vitoc, Aditya Acharya, Krishna Gokhale, Megha Singh, Yuangen Li, Rachel Plachcinski, and Ngawai Moss.