Public health and epidemiology
The Wellcome Trust has been working with a variety of partners to support data sharing among epidemiological and public health researchers.
In May 2010, we held a joint workshop with the Hewlett Foundation in Washington DC, at which representatives of major funders of public health research, international organisations, large research studies and journals discussed how to increase sharing of public health research data. The workshop built on discussions at the global ministerial forum on research for health at Bamako (Mali) in November 2008, and wide-ranging consultations with stakeholders.
In light of the discussions in Washington, several major funders have signed up to a joint statement of purpose through which they commit to work together to increase the availability of public health research data. The funders have established working groups to further the principles and goals set out in the statement.