SDRDS

Tackling data science challenges in health and healthcare

From medical images to laboratory results, hospitalization summaries and disease registries, the medical sector generates huge amounts of data. However, their potential remain largely untapped, in part due to a shortage of qualified IT personnel at the interface of computer and biomedical sciences. The RHHDS program, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, aims at training a new generation of specialists capable of responsibly exploiting these data. This workforce will develop, in addition to a strong technical background, professional skills in

  • Communication
  • Management
  • Knowledge and technology transfer
  • Ethics and law

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The discovery of antimicrobial agents was one of the great triumphs of the 20th century. The sobering news is that antibiotic resistance was part of the process as well. If nothing is done by 2050, antimicrobial resistance  (AMR) will cost $100 trillion with 10M people/year expected to die (https://amr-review.org). Factors driving AMR extend beyond human healthcare with implications in veterinary medicine, agriculture and the environment (the One Health approach).

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