The Imperial College AHSC vision is to reduce the burden of human disease by accelerating the translation of basic science discoveries into patient and population health benefit. By aligning the partners’ expertise, the AHSC aims to deliver (inter-) nationally leading infrastructure and programmes in health research, education and clinical care.
The underpinning principles for the Imperial College AHSC are to:
- Use research and education as the drivers for improving patient outcomes and population health, and
- Add value to the partner’s missions through collaborations that capitalise on the academic strengths of Imperial College London and the critical mass and clinical capabilities of the NHS partners.
To underpin its vision, the AHSC strategy is to:
- Focus on diseases of major public health burden in the UK over the next 15-20 years
- Establish AHSC informatics capability to underpin data driven solutions for improved patient care and population health
- Cultivate programmes in disease prevention to reduce disease incidence, recurrence and hospital admissions
- Identify and develop technologies for earlier detection of disease by pulling through, to clinical application, Imperial discovery science in engineering, chemistry, physics, data science, biology & medicine
- Improve treatment options through clinical-academic development and evaluation of new, targeted and more cost effective approaches
- Develop the clinical workforce across all partners.
To progress the strategy, three cross-cutting work programme have been established:
The AHSC partners are focused on these because of their potential to improve human health with the expertise, experience and existing collaborations they already have to address them. Further information on the AHSC work in these areas is available from the AHSC Directorate.
- Prevention and early detection of cancer
Cross-partner working groups in lung and colorectal cancer are aligning activities to enable exciting Imperial research in public health and new technology development in order to address areas of unmet need in the NHS partners’ patient populations. This work programme will push forward the AHSC strategy in prevention and early detection of disease.
- Health informatics
The AHSC strategy is outlined on the Data for Health page and partnership activities are overseen by the AHSC Research Informatics Committee.
- Artificial intelligence applications for radiology and pathology diagnostics
Collaborative initiatives between engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists at Imperial and clinicians in the NHS partners are building on the power of artificial intelligence tools to benefit medical imaging.
This work programme will push forward AHSC ambitions to detect and diagnose disease earlier and the development of more targeted treatments for our Diseases in Focus.