The Wellcome Trust are exploring two new areas in development to investigate what impact their involvement could have and decide whether these should be taken forward as new priority areas.
Data for Science and Health
What can Wellcome do to drive innovative and imaginative uses of data to improve science and health? They’ll be looking to transform three key areas:
- Access to data. They wish to improve access e.g. by helping to make datasets more interoperable, or simplifying complex regulatory frameworks. Researchers can access the data they need for their research.
- Diversity of the Workforce. Datascience does not have adiverse workforce, this could be due to researchers with different skillsets not having the opportunity to collaborate.
- Public confidence in data use. Nuilding up public trust around new uses of data so that everyone can benefit.
Snakebites are one of the most neglected health problems in low and middle income countries, between 80,000 and 140,000 people die each year from being bitten by venomous snakes with 400,000 left with life changing disabilities. Wellcome will be investigating:
- Reviving and stabilising the market for effective antivenoms.
- Accelerating research and innovation to improve existing antivenoms and develop alternatives.
- Working with funders, researchers and policymakers and industry.
More details will follow about the programmes of work – keep an eye on the Wellcome Trust website for more details.