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The Dish - July 2024

Welcoming July means that we're officially in the second half of 2024. At DSxHE HQ we're taking stock of everything that we achieved in the first six months of the year & looking ahead to the goals we want to hit in the second half of 2024. We're hitting the ground running by setting up our blog series, working on more research partnerships & broadening our audience by speaking at a festival in the Welsh hills this summer. Perhaps you'd like to refresh your goals & think about contributing to one of our themes, or writing a blog to share on our website?


Here are some exciting updates and events lined up just for you this month:


We need your input!! Help us shape the future of DSxHE by completing our Community Survey. It's a quick check-in to understand your experiences, needs, and ideas. Your feedback is invaluable in guiding our efforts to make a difference. Take about 3 minutes to share your thoughts with us.


Grab a cool drink, get comfy, and dive into all the news, highlights, and opportunities we have in store. You can also add your own events, publications, thoughts & plugs to our Slack workspace.


News from DSxHE

Have you engaged with any of our themes yet? You can find out more about their visions, what they're planning & most importantly how you can become involved through the links below. Each theme will be launching over the coming weeks so stay tuned for updates on events & activities over on Slack.

Social Justice - Join us for our DSxHE Download takeover on the 9th July when we'll discuss this paper on social justice & AI. Communicate For Health Justice (CFHJ) is interested to know how is your industry communicating for (global) health justice? Share your perspective by taking part in the CFHJ survey.

Statistical Methods - Come along to our monthly meet-ups! Almost 100 tickets were snapped up for last month's event. Everyone is welcome: expect fascinating talks, in-depth discussions, & all-round interesting chat on everything to do with statistical methods & health equity.

Clinical Trials - this theme is planning events and activities to establish partnerships & build consensus to ensure that medicines are both safe & effective for all of us. If that sounds interesting to you, find us at #theme-clinical-trials on Slack!

Participatory Research - We're speaking at the Health and Care Analytics Conference, so watch out for us there! Sound interesting? Join our Slack channel to learn more about how you can apply participatory research in your work and find like-minded collaborators and peers.

Mental Health - we're aiming to equip the community to harness the potential of data science to improve our understanding of mental health & promote mental health equity. At the moment we're exploring the needs and interests of people with lived experience of mental health concerns and NHS staff providing services. If you are interested in participating, follow this link. We're also planning a summer of webinars and other activities - find us on our Slack channel to get involved.


Join us for The Download, our monthly informal, conversational and informative online Meetups!


These are open to anyone in the world, no matter what your level of experience and background. They are really just an opportunity to meet fellow DSxHE-ers and learn a few new things :)


Roll up, roll up! This month our social justice theme team is taking over. We will be discussing the paper 'AI for all is a matter of social justice' and will host a chat about what social justice means in the context of data science and health equity.


We look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday 9th July at 6pm (BST). 

"The A.C.C.E.S.S. AI Model: A New Framework For Advancing

Health Equity In Health Care AI"

by Zainab Garba-Sani

Join us for our August Download & let's chat.

 Tuesday 13th August at 6pm (BST).


We are thrilled to introduce our new blog series dedicated to making technical reports and research projects accessible to all, with a focus on advancing health equity through data science. Our goal is to break down complex topics into easy-to-understand content that everyone can benefit from.

We are setting off our blog series with a DSxHE reflection on the Whitehead review recommendations.

We invite all community members and anyone interested to contribute. Whether you have insights to share, a knack for simplifying technical jargon or just a passion for making data science inclusive. Your input can help us make these important resources available to a wider audience, we’d love to hear from you.

You can submit your blog article to

Join us in this effort to democratize knowledge and drive health equity forward!



Want to see all the articles, podcasts, papers, blogs, videos, funding calls, events and training opportunities that have been shared across the DSxHE Slack workspace?



Book by Peter Coveney & Roger Highfield


Virtual You is a panoramic account of efforts by scientists around the world to build digital twins of human beings, from cells and tissues to organs and whole bodies. These virtual copies will usher in a new era of personalized medicine, one in which your digital twin can help predict your risk of disease, participate in virtual drug trials, shed light on the diet and lifestyle changes that are best for you, and help identify therapies to enhance your well-being and extend your lifespan―but thorny challenges also remain. Check for the book here.


Chief Healthcare Executive


Data Book spotlights the best stories and insights in healthcare technology. Big data and artificial intelligence are changing medicine and the world, but innovation also brings grave cybersecurity concerns. Every other week, this Chief Healthcare Executive podcast explores the people and plots behind the health-tech evolution—and the solutions to its problems. Podcast can be found here.


News from the Community

Upcoming events

Here's a few external events coming up in the next month that might float your boat. If there's an event you'd like to highlight on a future edition of this newsletter, then post it on #events on our Slack workspace or get in touch.


  • Our July DSxHE Download, which will discuss the paper 'AI for all is a matter of social justice' and will hosted by our social justice theme. July 9th 2024, 6pm BST.

  • Bioinformatics Webinar: Increasing the diagnostic yield in the 100,000 Genomes Project. Wednesday, 17 July, 2024, 16:00 - 17:00 BST.

  • AI in Pathology Event by the Turing's Clinical AI interest group. 18th July 2024, 10:00 - 16:15. In-person and virtual registration options available!

  • Health and Care Analytics Conference 2024.Telford International Centre, Telford, England and online. Tue, 23 July 2024 10:00 - Wed, 24 July 2024 16:30 BST

  • Explainable AI in Biology Conference 2024: Explainable and Interpretable Machine Learning applied to Biological questions. Hybrid. October 15-18 2024. Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, UK. Submit an abstract by 16th August.

  • DSxHE x Greenman Festival! If you're headed to Bannau Brycheiniog this August, you can catch us talking about trust, data & health equity at the Omni Stage on Sunday 18th August.

  • Health Inequalities in Scotland: The State of the Nation Summit, which is taking place at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh on 17th September 2024.


Job opportunities

Looking for your next career move or project? We'll bring you a rundown of new roles and opportunities to further health equity through data science. If you're looking to find the next bright star in your team, share your advert with the community on Slack


  • Global Advanced Fellowship: National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). For Postdoctoral researchers in LMICs and the UK working in applied global health. Up to £750,000 over 2 to 5 years. Deadline to apply by 11th July 2024.

  • Bioinformatician: UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI). Location: UCL, UK. Salary: £42,099 - £50,585 p/a. Contract: Fixed term until 31 March 2028. Closing Date: 05-July-2024

  • Research Software Engineer: Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). Full Time. Salary:£37,099 to £44,263 per annum. Deadline to apply by Friday 12th July 2024

  • Scientific Data Analyst: Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK. Hybrid & Full-time. (36 hours per week). Fixed-term contract for 30 months. £39,375 - £41,843 per annum. The closing date is Sunday 21 July 2024.

  • Two Calls for Proposals by Lacuna Fund to create machine learning datasets in two domains: Health (Antimicrobial Resistance) and Language (Natural Language Processing). Accepting proposals in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Deadline to apply by August 23 2024 11:59 PM (MDT)

  • 2025–26 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice. Open for applications for individuals from the UK. Deadline for applications is 1 November 2024.


Funding opportunities &

partnering with DSxHE

Keep up with the latest funding opportunities across on Slack. Want to talk through your application or find partners? DSxHE has partnered on a number of research projects to support design and delivery and can offer your project support too, so get in touch with us on the Funding channel or contact Eunice for more.

Global Health Research – Researcher-led programmes. These programmes support research that aims to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable people in low and middle income countries. Researcher-led funding opportunities means that you can apply for funding for research topics of your choice, where these have been identified in collaboration with local stakeholders. Research must address evidence needs that are locally identified and prioritised, and must promote health equity. Deadline to apply by 17 July 2024.

Public Voices in AI Fund. Calls for proposals for projects which seek to ensure that uses of AI are informed by the voices of people underrepresented in or negatively impacted by AI. By ‘uses of AI,’ we mean AI research, development, deployment and policy. We invite project proposals up to the value of £50,000 which are led by organisations in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE). Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 3 July 5pm (UK time)


That's all folks!


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