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The Dish - June 2022

It's an exciting time for the DSxHE community as preparations are underway for a whole smörgåsbord of activities, following on from our launch back in April (photos and full recording ICYMI). If you haven't already, do join our Slack workspace to stay up to date with the latest happenings.

Ask not what DSxHE can do for you...

As DSxHE continues to grow, we are looking for more volunteers to join our fantastic organising team. Interested, or just want to learn more? Join us for a briefing meeting + Q&A on Monday 20th June at 6.15pm BST.

The usual, please

Check out this month's DSxHE Digest for articles on the (un)fairness of pandemic forecasting and the generalizability of polygenic scores. Our Data Viz of the Month is a sobering animation from the NYT marking the somber milestone of one million COVID-19 deaths in the US.

Join us for the next DSxHE Download on Tuesday 14th June at 8am BST. This month, we'll be hosted Matthew Chisambi + Lena Woldmann and Bing Wang, who'll be leading discussions on demographic data in diagnosis and the unequal numbers of GPs across England.

And of course, we have our usual curated list of upcoming events, job opportunities, awesome resources and funding calls from across the community.

Bon profit,

The DSxHE Team


And on today's menu....

News from DSxHE

Upcoming DSxHE Events

DSxHE is growing and we need your help! Join us on Monday 20th June at 6.15pm BST to learn more about the exciting new roles on the DSxHE organising team and how you can get involved.


Join us for The Download, our regular monthly virtual community space to discuss podcasts, articles, papers and more, amongst like-minded members of the DSxHE community! This month we'll be hearing from Matthew Chisambi + Lena Woldmann and Bing Wang, who will be leading discussions on demographic data in diagnosis and the unequal numbers of GPs across England respectively.

The event is open to anyone, anywhere, no matter your level of experience or background. Join us on Tuesday 14th June at 8am (BST).


Data Viz of the Month

This month's Data Viz, an animation from the New York Times marking one million people who have died from COVID-19 in the US, is both arresting and sobering. Originally posted on Twitter, the animation is accompanied by an interactive article describing how the US reached this grim milestone, and highlighting the devastating toll that COVID-19 has had on communities around the country.


The Digest

Algorithmic fairness in pandemic forecasting: lessons from COVID-19 Tsai et al. Since the start of the pandemic, many research teams have turned their attention to forecasting (e.g. cases, deaths, hospitalisations). Importantly, biases in both the data and the models risk being propagated to the predictions, potentially perpetuating disparities if these predictions are used to guide decision making. This paper outlines the various ways in which unfairness can be introduced into the algorithmic pipeline, and suggests strategies to mitigate against them.


Challenges and Opportunities for Developing More Generalizable Polygenic Risk Scores Wang et al. Polygenic scores are individual level estimates of the genetic contribution to a particular trait or disease. By identifying those who are at particularly high risk of developing a certain disease, they offer great promise for preventative medicine to improve population health. However, polygenic scores tend to generalise poorly across diverse ancestries, leading to concerns about their potential impact on health inequalities. This review covers the latest developments in the field and identifies key areas for future research.


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?


Call for events

Do you have an idea for an event that might be relevant to the DSxHE community? We have a fantastic (and growing) team of volunteers itching to help you plan, organise and promote it.

Call for themes

Want to shine a light on a specific area of interest in data science and health equity, and want to tap into the DSxHE community? Setting up a DSxHE Theme might be just the thing for you.

Call for partners

We looking for partners to help build the community and support our activities. Four different types of partnerships are available - core, theme, event, and media.


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 in on #events on our Slack workspace or get in touch.


Funding calls

We've rounded up some highlights below - come and join our Slack channel to keep updated with the latest funding opportunities.


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:


That's all folks!


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