Brazilian 100 million cohort

30 Jan 2017

We are working closely with researchers in Brazil to help establish a new cohort of over 100 million Brazilian people based on linked data (led by Professor Mauricio Barreto). The cohort will be built around “CADASTRO-UNICO” a database of electronic records of applicants to  social protection programmes in Brazil. Records consist of detailed individual information on housing conditions, education and income, organized by household. Our proposal is to link the  individual social and benefits records to electronic health records including: births, deaths, hospital episodes,  infectious disease notification and others. The size of the population will enable research  on the inter relationships between social factors and health and on the impact of social protection policies on a large range of health outcomes on a degree of detail never done before. The  datacentre will be high-powered, secure and have a public interface. This project is possible because Brazil has high quality records and an open, modern attitude towards use of data for  research and policy, supported by a rigorous but enabling legal framework. This project will create a unique international resource that will allow researchers to address questions that currently cannot be  answered. The resource will serve as a beacon for methodological development and training. Our proposed resource has already attracted substantial interest from national and international scientists and policy makers, and we were recently awarded funding to help develop the cohort from the Wellcome Trust.