Mr Neil Walker joined Clinical Informatics after 15 years with the University of Cambridge, and 11 years with the MRC, working on various big data initiatives, mainly in epidemiology, trials and genetics.
He is an author on more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.
His wider role around data sharing has included:
- Technical advisor – since 2008 – on national Data Access Committees, now merged as METADAC (of which he is now Deputy Chair), giving genetics advice to longitudinal observational studies. Presented and written on the failures of anonymisation techniques, contributed to article on re-consent for incidental findings, and written and collated data policies on http://biosharing.org
- Represented Cambridge Clinical School at first plenary meeting of Global Alliance for Genomics & Health (GA4GH)
- Drafted (2003) Data Access Agreement to license access to access-controlled data – used as model by WTCCC
- Contributed confidentiality and ethics section to Royal Statistical Society’s “Preserving & Sharing Statistical Material” (2002)
- Contributed (as one of Cambridge’s representatives) to Toronto Accord (2009) – recommending appropriate early release of life science data