University of Oulu to begin training health data experts

The University of Oulu is launching a unique postdoctoral researcher programme, which will provide experts with training in the processing and utilization of big data related to health. With major EU funding, amounting to EUR 3.6 million, the programme will provide training for 25 internationally recruited postdoctoral researchers to become future experts in the health data sector.

The training will take place during a three-year working period in the University of Oulu’s medicine, health and life sciences research groups that use and apply big data, as well as in cooperation with companies and different organizations. Additionally, an effort will be made to put the trainees in touch with actors in the field, which will enable the best and quickest utilisation of the new competence.

The programme will be launched at the beginning of 2024 and will run for five years. In addition to the University of Oulu, participants include the Wellbeing Services County of North Ostrobothnia (Pohde), the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the City of Oulu and health sector companies.

The programme is coordinated by Biocenter Oulu and is the first programme for postdoctoral researchers to receive funding from the University of Oulu. Previously, doctoral degree programmes (I4Future and I4World) have received funding from the same type of instrument.

Source: University of Oulu