Prof Paul Burton
PB is Professor of Infrastructural Epidemiology at the University of Bristol. He is Head of Data Science in the transdisciplinary D2K (Data to Knowledge) Research Group. His current research programme concentrates on infrastructural development in contemporary population bioscience. This includes the theory and practice that underpins the design, set up and harmonization of major biobanks and cohort studies. He also has a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities to be addressed if streamlined access is to be enables to large-scale data and samples in a manner that broadens the user-base while maintaining reliable information security. He leads the international DataSHIELD project (EU FP7, MRC, WT) which provides a novel approach to secure utilisation of data based on parallelized mathematical modelling and distributed computing. He is PI of 58-READIE (MRC and WT) that maintains and enhances the infrastructural platform underpinning data and biosample release from the Biomedical Resource of the 1958 Birth Cohort and is lead of the technical group for METADAC (MRC, ESRC, WT) that now oversees access to the biomedical components of 1958, 1970 and Millennium Cohorts and Understanding Society. He is co-PI (leading on infrastructural development) of ALSPAC (the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, also MRC and WT). He sits on the Expert Advisory Group on Data Access (WT, MRC, ESRC, CRUK) and chairs the International Steering Committee of P3G (the Montreal-based Public Population Project in Genomics in Society).