No simple choices: tickets now open for our Cambridge Festival panel discussion on privacy and consent in health data research

How is health data used for research? What choices do researchers make when using patient data for their research?

And what impact do those choices have not only on the quality and reach of their research, but also on patient privacy and public trust?

At this free in-person and virtual event, researchers Professor Angela Wood, Dr Raj Jenner and Dr Ari Ecole will join patient advocate Rosanna Fennessy as they look at four real-life examples of local research where health data was used.

The panel will then explore the challenges and concerns that emerge from different types of data use – followed by a Q&A from the audience including those logging in online.

Book your tickets on EventBrite

Join us either in person at the University of Cambridge Clinical School or virtually from the comfort or your own home, on Thursday 14 March 2024 from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. Make sure you don’t miss out: visit our Eventbrite page to reserve your spot.

Event directions and accessibility information

For more information about this event, including directions and accessibility Information, visit our PPIE section on our website.

This event is part of this year’s Cambridge Festival. We will also be at the Cambridge Academy of Science and Technology for the Festival’s family weekend on 16 March – put it in your diary now!

Other events from NIHR organisations

Find out what our partner NIHR organisations are also doing at the Cambridge Festival

  • Inheritance, DNA, and Heart Disease
    Schools day Tuesday 19 March 10.00-14.00, West Cambridge Hub.
    A craft workshop which will use beads and elastic to make bracelet models of DNA. The children will then use those models to learn how to detect bad characteristics and what scientists are doing at the University of Cambridge to understand and prevent diseases such as heart disease. 
  • Artificial Intelligence, with great power comes great responsibility
    Tuesday 19 March – 5:00pm-6:00pm or 6:30pm-7:30pm at Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site Downing Street, CB2 3RS
    An interesting talk exploring what is Artificial Intelligence and how it works.
  • Who has the healthiest heart?
    Sunday 24 March 09.30-16.30, University of Cambridge Student Services, New Museums site
    A family-friendly fun card game to learn all about cardiovascular disease risk prediction and how it can identify adults at risk of heart disease. Make sure you book your place to attend.
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm on Tuesday 26 March
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm on Tuesday 26 March
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm on Wednesday 27 March
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm on Wednesday 27 March

    The NIHR BioResource’s DNA, Children + Young People’s Health Resource (D-CYPHR) programme are inviting children and their parents to learn about the power of spit to impact health research.

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