University of Dundee


University of Dundee

     The University of Dundee (UNIVDUN) is one of the UK’s leading universities, internationally recognised for its expertise across a range of disciplines including science, medicine, engineering and art and is home to 18,000 students and more than 3000 staff. It has a reputation for excellence in research and continues to successfully attract leading researchers from across the world. The University of Dundee School of Medicine is a world leading research center for examining the genetics of common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma and COPD, and how genes may affect response to therapy within these diseases. The participants from University of Dundee are based in the Division of Molecular & Clinical Medicine within the School of Medicine. The school provides a high quality research and training environment for more than 500 scientists and clinicians. The schools’ research goal is to improve the understanding of the mechanisms of disease to address important health problems and to deliver practical solutions leading to health improvement for individuals, communities and populations. Working together the school aims to translate research between the laboratory and the clinic, with fundamental research themes being informed by important clinical problems. In 2015 the Medical School was ranked first in the UK for research that makes a difference in Clinical Medicine and the impact of this research was judged to be world leading, changing the practice of medicine globally and improving health and quality of life.

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The main tasks in the project


     UNIVDUN provides expertise in clinical and health care data management and designing clinical trials, including studies related with identification of endogenous factors determining drug response in diabetes and development of stratification approaches for the management of diabetes. UNIVUD will provide suggestions for effective model for the management of biobank, in order to ensure high-quality data repositories for biomedical research. UNIVDUN has established contacts with the commercial sector and is committed to engaging with the public to increase awareness of the significance of research to society, providing the expertise necessary Associated for bridging the gap between biomedical research, entrepreneurs and also non-scientific society during the present project.


Current state-of-the-art regarding

the UNIVDUN infrastructure

     The University of Dundee is world leading in medical informatics, linking bioresources to electronic patient record data. As such we have expertise in data hosting and provision. In the last five years, UNIVDUN has invested >£1M in Health Informatics Centre (HIC) to develop a state of the art software suite, the Research Data Management Platform (RDMP), for the management, curation, anonymisation and rapid provision of research ready data. HIC/Farr Dundee receives a continuous flow of raw health data and efficiently and reproducibly provisions this for research use. In this way near real-time data rom multiple data sources can be linked and provided to researchers in a ISO27001 safe-haven environment ‘at the press of a button’. Our informatics and genomics analyses are supported by a Linux cluster of 3000 CPU cores, 200K GPU cores, 10TB RAM and 3PB of hard disk storage.a