The Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS, University of Oxford) launched the 1st edition of Real World Data Epidemiology Summer School, sponsored by Synapse Research Management Partners and IMI-EMIF. The course was focused on the review of the existing sources and the basic introductory concepts of pharmacoepidemiology and medical device epidemiology using observational, routinely collected or registry-based data. The Summer School took place on 11th-15th of July in Oxford.

The course gathered a large number of participants, pharmacists, clinicians, registry staff, statisticians, epidemiologists, and related MSc/PhD students from the UK, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Hong Kong and other countries.

Renowned experts from academy and industry shared with the students their knowledge, views and potential solutions applied to the use of big health data.

During the course, the students were actively encouraged to participate in the interactive sessions as part of the training. These sessions allowed to address skills of study designs for the use of routinely collected healthcare data and understand the relevant issues using electronic health records: misclassification and potential bias, data management and interaction with industry and regulators.