What is your role in NoHoW?
The role of Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland, part of the James Hutton Institute, in NoHoW is to store, manage and analyse the vast amount of data that will be generated. As well as the regular visits of participants for assessments, there will be important data generated by the individual weighing scales, their use of the toolkit, the acivity monitoring devices and responses to questionnaires. We will provide a central store for data and make it available for all research groups.
We will also take the lead in statistical analysis and interpretation of these data. This will ensure that all the scientific information and insights it can provide are fully and carefully investigated and interpreted. We will then collaborate with the publication and dissemination of these results.
What have you done so far?
Our involvement so far has been in discussing with other research groups how best to set up data communication channels. We need to ensure that data connections work effectively and efficiently.
Computer hardware to store the data has been bought, and is currently being set up so as to be ready for testing the toolkit and trial protocols.
How will your work in NoHoW have an impact?
Storing, communicating and analysing the data generated is central to the successful running and scientific interpretation of the NoHoW intervention. This means we are involved in a wide range of different activities linking the components of the trial, and so collaborate with many of the other partners in NoHoW.