The INSIGHT hub is a collaboration between six partner organisations
Like the other Health Data Research Hubs set up by Health Data Research UK, INSIGHT is a collaboration between public, non-profit and private partners. Our six partners are:
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (lead institution)
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The University of Birmingham
Action Against Age-related Macular Degeneration (founded by Fight for Sight, Macular Society, Blind Veterans UK, Sight Scotland / Sight Scotland Veterans)
By bringing together NHS trusts with academia, industry and the charity sector, INSIGHT is working to transform healthcare for the benefit of patients. Read more about our partners below.
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Our partners in brief
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England, serving a regional, national and international population. It is the lead institution for INSIGHT
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist eye hospital in London. Together with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, which is adjacent to the hospital, it is the oldest and largest centre for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in Europe.
Roche is focused on translating excellence in science into effective medicines for patients. Their UK pharmaceutical business is an important global centre for researching and developing novel medicines.
Google Health is focused on emerging technologies that present opportunities to elevate healthcare for everyone. They are studying the use of artificial intelligence to assist in diagnosing cancer, predicting patient outcomes, preventing blindness, and much more.
Action Against Age-related Macular Degeneration
Action Against AMD is an initiative set up to facilitate research around early-stage AMD and raise awareness and funding from strategic organisations around the world.
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a global university producing world-leading research. It benefits from mutual partnerships with a wide range of international institutions and hosts a large international community of researchers and students.
More about our NHS partners
INSIGHT's founding partners are two of the UK's leading NHS eye care centres: University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) is the lead institution for INSIGHT. It operates one of the country's leading ophthalmic centres: as well as 14 consultant ophthalmologists, the eye service is supported by an Orthoptic Department, Optometrist and Low Vision Refraction Service, and a Low Vision Nurse Service. Many sub-speciality clinics have been developed, and there is close communication with consultants in other specialities.
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of eye health services in the UK and a world-class centre of excellence for ophthalmic research and education, with a history stretching back over 200 years. Their 2,300 staff are committed to providing the highest quality of ophthalmic care and remaining at the cutting edge of developments in ophthalmology.
The NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is dedicated to pioneering vision research. The BRC is supporting INSIGHT with its public and patient involvement and engagement (PPIE).
About our industry partners
Google Health is a team within Google focused on health-related research, initiatives and products. The Google Health team includes experts who are leveraging expertise in AI, hardware, products and more to solve big challenges and help people lead healthier, more productive lives.
In addition to the expertise of Google Health, Google will be providing Google Cloud Platform credits to support the technical infrastructure and, where appropriate, technical expertise.
Commenting on their partnership with INSIGHT, a Google spokesperson said:
“We’re studying the use of artificial intelligence to assist in diagnosing cancer, predicting patient outcomes, preventing blindness and much more. We’re also exploring ways to improve patient care, including tools that are already being used by clinicians. And we’re partnering with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to help improve the care patients receive.”
Roche has had a presence in the UK since 1908, where their pharmaceutical business is an important global centre for researching and developing novel medicines.
Commenting on their partnership with INSIGHT partnership, a Roche spokesperson said:
“We want to share our knowledge and expertise by being a key part of the collaboration to help address the growing unmet need in ophthalmic disease and drive the future of eye health.
“Our success in developing new treatments rests on access to high quality data. We want to be part of improving the data landscape overall, as this will mean we all have better data to facilitate our work, ultimately bringing benefit to patients. This approach necessitates willing partners, as with INSIGHT, seeking to combine their data and expertise to create a thriving health data environment.
Partnerships like INSIGHT are crucially important in shaping the transformation of healthcare in the digital age together. INSIGHT is a great example of the UK being one of the best places in the world to invest in global life sciences, and for Roche it makes complete sense to be part of it.”
Why did INSIGHT choose to work with Google and Roche?
Google and Roche are trusted partners: the NHS has previously worked with them on data projects and clinical trials. For this reason, we know that both organisations work towards the same goal, which is to bring benefit to patients. Working with Roche and Google Health has supported significant improvements in how we manage data for research.
About our academic and charity partners
Founded in 1900 as England’s first civic university, the University of Birmingham is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, and was the first in the country to incorporate a medical school. Innovative academic research at the University has influenced society and made an impact on people’s lives. It is where pacemakers and plastic heart valves were developed, and where the first artificial vitamin (Vitamin C) was synthesised.
Action Against AMD was founded by four charities: Fight for Sight, Macular Society, Blind Veterans UK, Sight Scotland / Sight Scotland Veterans.
This groundbreaking medical research charity aims to stop the epidemic of sight loss caused by age-related macular degeneration. They are focused on facilitating research around early-stage AMD, raising awareness and funding from strategic organisations around the world.
Why did INSIGHT choose to work with Action Against AMD?
We chose to work with Action Against AMD (AAAMD) because of their mission to preserve the eye and prevent diseases and conditions from developing in the first place.
“As the premier health data research hub for eye health, INSIGHT is a great example of the UK being one of the best places in the world to invest in global life sciences.”
Roche – INSIGHT Industry Partner