More awards success for Alleviate


The Alleviate Pain Data Hub Team are off to a flying start in 2024 with a string of awards, professional recognition for their work on chronic pain and a prestigious speaking opportunity for one of their colleagues.

After our recent success in the Dundee Difference Awards, Alleviate was then recognised by a panel of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) professionals and Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) public contributors for their work in the chronic pain community. The panel commended the team on their unique inclusion of two community members with lived experience as co-leads and Alleviate’s research was applauded for being proactive and exemplary.

Alleviate then finished the month strongly when two present and one past member of the Alleviate Team received Hidden Role awards this year from HDR UK. Symone Sheane and Susan Long received awards for their “exemplary role raising awareness of Alleviate Pain Data Hub through social media channels”. Gillian Martin, a former PPIE Co-ordinator before stepping down in April 2023, also received an award in recognition of her outstanding work in setting up the PPIE activity and creating a substantial reference community of people living with chronic pain.

Chris Cole, Director of the Advanced Pain Data Hub, said:


The recipients will be honoured at the upcoming Health Data Research UK Conference 2024: The Grand Challenges in Health Data on 5 March. Erum Masood, Data Engineer in Alleviate, has also been invited to present a lightning talk at the HDR UK event. She will talk about ‘Mapping Scottish Population Scale COVID-19 and relevant clinical data Health Data to Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Common Data Model (CDM)’.   

Erum delivers a presentation
Erum delivering a talk at last year’s SHRIC conference.

The Alleviate Pain Data Hub is a £2M collaborative project funded by a consortium of funders including Versus Arthritis and the UK Medical Research Council. The project is led by the University of Dundee and involves partners from across the UK. Alleviate is one of nine HDR UK Health Data Research Hubs.  

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