The East Midlands could become the hub of a new collaborative UK-China Digital Medicine Research Network following the recent soft launch of the European Chapter of the International Society of Digital Medicine (ISDM) at the World of Health IT Conference in Barcelona on November 21st.
The Founder and CEO of UK Digital Medicine Research Centre Ltd, Mr David Wortley, was officially announced as the Founding President of the European Chapter of ISDM with an agreement to establish a network of scientists, academics and industrial partners in Europe to act as a gateway to China in the shaping the use of digital technologies in medicine, health and well-being.
The UK is the first country outside China to be appointed by the ISDM and will have the opportunity to establish itself as a thought leader and pioneer in collaborative digital Medicine Research which offers massive growth potential for innovative medical and digital technology professionals, giving a major boost to the local economy and the region’s reputation.
Mr Wortley, a member of East Midlands Medilink, is based in Northamptonshire and is inviting a number of selected universities to bid for an exclusive joint development agreement to act as a base for this new initiative. The universities set to be invited to bid for this opportunity include :
– University of Nottingham
– Nottingham Trent University
– Loughborough University
– Leicester University
– De Montfort University
– University of Northampton
– Open University
Mr Wortley, who was previously the Founding Director of the Serious Games Institute at Coventry University and established it as an International Centre of Excellence between 2006-2011, said “Each of the invited universities have different merits that warrant their selection. Nottingham has a great reputation in both biosciences and video games, Loughborough hosts a world leading facility in sports sciences, Leicester has two universities with established reputations in Life Science and Medicine and Northampton/Milton Keynes have demonstrated both ambition and leadership in this field. In Medilink East Midlands, the region has a valuable networking organisation which has done a great deal to boost the East Midlands economy and a collaborative relationship between UKDMRC and Medilink would be essential to the success of this opportunity.”
The potential benefits to the chosen university and its region are expected to be substantial, creating jobs, attracting leading professionals and building strong academic and commercial links with both China and Europe.
The invitations to bid are expected to be sent out within the next week with the aim of selecting a university partner for the UKDMRC base early in the New Year.
About the International Society of Digital Medicine
The International Society of Digital Medicine is an international organisation joining together groups and individuals in order to establish a platform for academic exchange and collaboration in digital medicine among scientists from different countries who are devoted to digital medicine research and its application to improve diagnosis and treatment, thus promoting the development of medicine. It aims to establish an apolitical mechanism to promote communication on digital medicine based on principles of openness, equity, transparency, and non-discrimination, while respecting country sovereignty and avoiding interference with domestic policies.