The first ever RENKEI Researcher Online Health Workshop, entitled ‘Exploring Japan-UK Research Collaborations in Health’, brought together over 70 researchers from various disciplines and career stages over two days to share current research and identify potential for working together. The workshop, hosted by Nagoya University, was moved online due to the pandemic, but nevertheless generated some lively discussions reflecting the current global health situation.

The keynote speakers introduced their latest research into AI-based medicine through medical imaging and into new models for dementia care, each topic was of great interest in both countries. Representatives of two funding organisations, JSPS and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, laid out the various grants available for UK-Japan collaborations in this area. 

Panel sessions on patient safety, medicine and informatics, and ageing introduced the broad range of research related to health being carried out by RENKEI members. Some areas identified for potential collaboration include:

  • Maternal patient safety and no-fault compensation systems
  • Staff wellbeing and the impact on patient safety
  • The impact of culture on the investigation of mistakes
  • Deciding on the most relevant data and improving its quality
  • International standards for shared data sets
  • The use of apps to promote behavioural change for better health, and measuring the neurological impacts of such interventions

The recording of the whole workshop is available on the British Council YouTube channel.

RENKEI seed funding is being offered for joint research in the area of health. The seed funding is open to students and staff of all RENKEI member institutions, whether or not you attended the workshops. Details are available here.