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For the first time, a comprehensive database comprising an initial cohort of more than 1,300 patients with chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C infections has been developed for potential future research into the conditions.

Hepatitis B virus © Sanofi Pasteur via Flickr

The methodology to develop a pipeline to collect and manage this data has been presented in a paper published in BMJ Health & Care Informatics.

The work has been done under the auspices of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Informatics Collaborative (HIC), which was established in 2014 to make routinely collected clinical data available for translational research across multiple sites.

The NIHR HIC is a programme of infrastructure development across a network of 26 NHS Trusts, including the 20 that host NIHR Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs), in selected therapeutic areas. The NIHR HIC viral hepatitis theme is led by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford, through the NIHR Oxford BRC.

The full story is available on the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre website

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