Harmony reaches final of Wellcome Trust Data Prize

· Thomas Wood
Harmony reaches final of Wellcome Trust Data Prize

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We are excited to announce that our data harmonisation project Harmony has reached the final round of the Wellcome Data Prize in Mental Health. Only three teams were chosen for this stage. The prize is awarded to projects that use data to improve mental health research and practice. Fast Data Science is working on Harmony in collaboration with Ulster University, University College London, and the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria. Harmony has been a real team effort with some fantastic colleagues around the world, and we are looking forward to seeing our harmonisation tool facilitate mental health research across the globe.

Harmony uses natural language processing (NLP) to help researchers compare data from different studies, even if the data is collected using different questionnaires or in different languages. This is important because it allows researchers to combine data from multiple studies to get a more complete picture of a particular mental health topic.

The first stage of the prize had 11 participants, five made it through to the second round (the prototyping phase) and three (including Harmony) are in the final stage (the sustainability phase).

  • Discovery phase: 10 teams were selected to each receive £40,000 of funding
  • Prototyping phase: 5 teams were selected to each receive £100,000 of funding
  • Sustainability phase: £500,000 was allocated across 3 winning teams - in other words, £167k of funding has been allocated to the Harmony project to allow us to continue developing the tool for the next year.

This figure is significant, as it allows us to offer an LLM-based software tool completely free to researchers around the world, with no subscription, no ads, and no strings attached!

The three prize-winners of the Wellcome Trust Data Prize in Mental Health

💡 Harmony – developed by a team at Ulster University including Fast Data Science. Harmony is a free-to-use AI tool for researchers to make better use of existing mental health questionnaire data, by bringing together different studies. Learn more ⤵ harmonydata.ac.uk.

💡 Digicat – developed by a team at Edinburgh University. Digicat is a tool that analyses cause and effect in observational mental health data. This can accelerate progress in identifying potential intervention targets. Learn more ⤵️ at digicatapp.shinyapps.io/DigiCAT.

💡 School Health Research Network – developed by a team at Cardiff University. This is a digital dashboard that empowers schools to use bespoke data to create environments that promote good mental and physical health. Learn more ⤵️ at decipher.uk.net.

About Harmony

Harmony has already been used in a number of mental health research projects, including a study on the nature of anxiety and depression between the UK and Brazil, and is being used by teams around the world including the Australian Data Archive.

Reaching the final round of the Wellcome Trust Data Prize is a huge achievement for the Harmony team. It is a testament to the importance of our work and the potential of Harmony to make a real difference to mental health research and practice.

Harmony team

The team at Harmony is made up of:

Harmony also has a partnership with Professor Louise Arsenault at the Catalogue of Mental Health Measures. John Rogers of Delosis, who developed the Catalogue of Mental Health Measures, is working on Harmony on software development.

Read more about the Harmony project at harmonydata.ac.uk.

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