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Participants at the DPUK Datathon in Exeter


DPUK Datathons are a key part of our data analyst training programme, placing researchers in multidisciplinary teams to generate valuable new findings in dementia research using cohorts in the DPUK Data Portal. Next year's Datathon will run from 25th to 29th November 2024.

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At DPUK Datathons, researchers work in multidisciplinary teams to generate valuable new findings in dementia research. Our Datathons are taking place virtually at the moment.

You will use cohort data in the DPUK Data Portal to explore a particular research question relating to dementia risk and progression. Our last event addressed the comorbidities of cognitive decline (including cardiovascular disease).

Datathons are ideal for early-career researchers who specialise in statistical analysis or machine learning methods. They are led by DPUK's Senior Data and Science Manager, Dr Sarah Bauermeister.

The events include:

  • Expert introduction to selected population cohorts
  • Guided cohort analysis workshops
  • Support and guidance during offline periods
  • Potential for studies to develop into publications

Datathons cost £100 to attend. Around 15-30 hours of additional work beyond the formal workshops will be required for research and collaboration.

Find out what a previous participant has to say about taking part in a DPUK Datathon.



  • Data scientists with some experience of working with complex data
  • Experience of statistical techniques
  • Experience of working in dementia or health research will be useful, but is not essential
  • University or industry-based
  • UK and further afield