Health eResearch Centre

The University of Manchester is an internationally esteemed centre for research and education in population health and health sciences. Within the University sits the Health eResearch Centre; a digital health network and research centre unifying ehealth informatics work and providing data-intensive research and education across the North of England. It is one of four hubs that make up The Farr Institute, a UK-wide research collaboration, using data to advance research, health, and care of the population.

The Health eResearch Centre aims to ensure the scalability of data and information governance, whilst promoting effective collaboration and communication between researchers, academia and industry. By unifying data and technology the centre hopes to streamline the pace of progress in health data analytics and research.

The key focus is to improve health and care services for patients. Combining routinely collected clinical, social, and research data providing a blueprint for identifying more effective treatments, improving drug safety, assessing risks to public health and studying causes of disease and disabilities. By bringing together people, data, and methodology with cutting-edge informatics research and digital health technologies the University can deliver powerful innovative solutions for data-intensive healthcare.


To promote a positive image of health data and informatics research The Health eResearch Centre created a public engagement campaign #datasaveslives design to highlight the positive impact of research on public health. The campaign aims to promote the trustworthy re-use of data and help to advance research in this field. You can read more about the #datasaveslives story here. 

Key Projects


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Born in Bradford

BiB is one of the biggest medical research studies in the UK following the lives of 13,500 children born in Bradford between March 2007 and December 2010.

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ClinTouch is a new mobile health intervention that has been codesigned as a digital solution for managing psychosis, encouraging users to become active participants in their care.

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Cloudy with a touch of pain

Cloudy with a Chance of Pain is the world's first smartphone-based study to investigate the association between the weather and pain in people with arthritis and other chronic pain conditions.

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