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Mid Year Seminar: Big data in Health Research

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The George Institute for Global Health

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Everyone talks about big data but what does it actually mean? What is new, compared with data mining? What are some of the benefits and challenges in the ‘big data” era? Dr Annie Solterbeck will address these questions and provide examples of the use of “big data” in healthcare. Professor Sallie Pearson will then discuss the role of big data in post-market surveillance (PMS) and policy. She will highlight the opportunities and challenges of undertaking PMS in Australia including data linkage and privacy issues and share some case studies of the research her team has undertaken.

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Dr Annie Solterbeck is the Founder and Director of Statistical Revelations, a uniquely skilled consulting company providing data management and statistical services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices industries. Annie holds a PhD in pharmacology (Monash University), an MSc in applied statistics (University of Melbourne) and is an accredited statistician (AStat awarded by SSAI). Annie has over 20 years experience in clinical trial design and analysis in all phases of clinical research, including observational research, in a multitude of therapeutic areas. She keeps abreast of developments in statistical design and analysis methodology and applies this knowledge to help her clients improve study design, analysis and reporting. Annie is also extensively involved in education for the non-statistician. She is renowned for making complex statistical issues understandable to the non-statistician.

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Professor Sallie Pearson BSc (Hons) PhD is a leading authority in the conduct of population-based research using routinely collected health data, particularly studies examining the use and impact of prescribed medicines in routine clinical care. Sallie heads the Medicines Policy Research Unit, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW Australia. She is also the Scientific Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing and holds an Honorary Professorial Appointment at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney. In 2015, Sallie was recognised for her research leadership in the post-market surveillance of cancer medicines with the NSW Premier’s Award for the Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow. She is also actively engaged in a range of committees and advisory groups including: the Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Department of Human Services Research Advisory Committee; NSW Population and Health Service Research Ethics Committee (Chair) and NSW Ministry of Health Ethics and Data Linkage Working (Chair).

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