Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa delegates attended the Wellcome IT and Data Manager Network meeting

27 Sep 2017 - 09:00

Ms Amanda Jackson from CIDRI-Africa and Mr Suresh Maslamoney from CBIO attended this networking meeting held in London from 27-28 September 2017.

The first day of the meeting took place at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire. The programme began with an overview of the Wellcome Genome Campus, given by Dr Tim Cutts, Head of Scientific Computing, and was followed by a site tour of the Sequencing and Data centres.

In the next session, the meeting participants, who came from centres in Africa, Vietnam and the UK, presented their current  IT / Data Management Strategies and shared some of the challenges they faced as well as some of their successes.

We then were given an overview of  the data sharing services, international projects and bioinformatics systems of the  European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) who maintain a comprehensive range of freely available molecular data resources. The EBI presenters also reviewed their databases, bioinformatics training and tools for data sharing and analysis.

On  Thursday, the first sessions, given by Kieron O’Hara, Associate Professor, University of Southampton and Kenan Direk, a Data Scientist from the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, University College London, explored the theory and practice of data security and governance to maximise the value of data and support data sharing. A case study was presented by Kobus Herbst  from the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), on the evolution of AHRI data management systems.

The group then subdivided into sub-groups of Data Managers and IT specialists to attend parallel sessions on Clinical Trials Data, and Cloud Technology respectively. The former explored some of the different data management solutions available for clinical trials through case studies and was conducted by Mary Rauchenberger, Head of Data Management Systems at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit. Hien Ho Van from OUCRU in Vietnam presented a case study of the MACRO electronic data management system they have developed for use in their clinical studies.

A session on Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) was aimed at IT Managers to explore how ITIL can add value to IT service management.  An overview of the UK Data was given by Louise Corti, from the UK Archive, looking at the systems in place at the Archive to enable them to manage large datasets.