Using big data to improve palliative and end of life care

3rd February 2020

This year PLuS Alliance seed funding opportunities have been extended to include all academics across PLuS Alliance universities.

The funding is available to support the development of new or early-stage collaboration across the PLuS Alliance universities (King’s College London, Arizona State University and University of New South Wales) and the testing and development of new ideas.

Projects are multidisciplinary, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and drive towards real-world impact that is likely to attract external funding.

Professor Wei Gao, Reader at the Cicely Saunders Institute, received seed funding for a successful interdisciplinary project which helped to identify further funding opportunities. 

Professor Gao focusses on palliative and end of life care and works on a PLuS Alliance project as a co-investigator mining the trajectories to ‘a good death’ using health and social care big data. The lead partners on the project are Cicely Saunders Institute, The Centre for Big Data Research in Health (UNSW Sydney) and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (Arizona State University).

Professor Gao comments, ‘Without the PLuS Alliance platform, it perhaps would not have been possible for me to find my cross-disciplinary research partners so quickly.’