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DATA-CAN: Health Data Research Hub for Cancer

DATA-CAN is a UK-wide partnership, hosted by UCLPartners, that aims to unlock the power of health data to improve cancer care.

Announced in September 2019, DATA-CAN: The Health Data Research Hub for Cancer will make high-quality health data more accessible for cancer researchers, clinicians and other health professionals. 

DATA-CAN will work with data custodians to connect health data from across the UK and make it easier to find, access and use. The hub will facilitate research into new treatments and improvements in care for people affected by cancer.

Working with patients, the public and health professionals, DATA-CAN will ensure that health data is used transparently and responsibly, and that the benefits are returned to the NHS and the wider UK community. 

It is one of seven Health Data Research Hubs being set up across the UK to speed up research for new medicines and treatments, support quicker diagnoses and potentially save lives.

The Hubs are part of a four-year £37million investment from the Government Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), led by UK Research and Innovation, to create a UK-wide system for the safe and responsible use of health-related data on a large scale.

The founding partners of DATA-CAN are: