Session 2013 – 2014
Closing Date 12:00 noon 5 July 2013
Supervisors: Professor Anne Kerr
This project will explore the social and ethical challenges of combining and reusing genetic and other data in predictive modelling of biological processes such as gene expression.Â Data can be drawn from a range of public and private sources, presenting researchers with many challenges with respect to consent, confidentiality, compatibility, access and gaps and missing data.Â This project will explore how they negotiate these challenges when building hypotheses and models by working closely alongside scientists involved with the DTP, following the projects in which they are involved.Â The research will contribute to understanding of how to enhance predictive modelling whilst at the same time protecting the interests of patients and database providers.Â The student will also engage in training on predictive modelling of social data provided by the DTP as well as specialist social science training through NCRM, and develop insights of relevance to the use of biological and social data, including the possibilities of developing combined methodologies and ethical framework for these activities.Â This would make a novel contribution to the social science of genetics, where there is little engagement with the complexities of data sharing and modelling, and also contribute to addressing the deficit in quantitative skills amongst social scientists.
Application Procedure:Â Further information on the application procedure can be found at the apply button below.
Value of Award:Â Full awards provide UKEU academic fees and a maintenance grant paid at standard Research Council rates (Â£13,726) for full-time study for eligible candidates.