Bioinformatics and bioengineering for applied asthma research

Holyl Tibble presenting at IEEE BIBE 2019
11 Nov 2019

Holly Tibble was recently awarded a PhD travel bursary from the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research to present at the IEEE 19th International Conference of BioInformatics and BioEngineering 2019. Following her experience at the conference, she’s highlighted some useful learnings for the Centre’s network.

Travel bursary winner

I was very grateful to win the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research PhD travel grant this autumn, to support my travel to Athens in October 2019 for the IEEE BIBE conference. BIBE (Bioinformatics and Bioengineering) is a conference bringing together researchers from across the globe working on informatics and engineering in the domain of biology and clinical research.

I presented on secondary analysis of a smart inhaler randomised controlled trial in New Zealand, in which I analysed at the variation between adherence measures, to identify patient cases where certain measures may lose details in the longitudinal data in the aggregation.

I found that measures had very different distributions in the same patients, which suggests that substituting one measure for another could potentially change the results of an analysis. Further work resulting from these findings led me to identify what I believe to be the most informative adherence measure.

If you are keen to find out more about my findings, you can read about them in the conference proceedings, or email me (holly.tibble@ed.ac.uk) for the slides!

Learnings for the Centre

There were many interesting presentations at the conference, which I believe could provide useful learnings for the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research network. I have summarised some of these studies and provided links to further resources if there are any that catch your eye. I have tried to keep the language as plain as possible, so that this is understandable to the less technically minded amongst us, but feel free to email me if you have any questions! 

Read Holly’s full summary

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