Digital round-up: Brain Tumour Charity launches data-sharing project

Plus: Google unifies payments with Google Pay; charity winners of Creative Vision Award announced

The Brain Tumour Charity has launched a data-sharing project to help disseminate information on a global scale.

The data bank, known as Brian (Brain TumouR Information and Analysis Network), will allow those affected by brain tumours to upload real-time information about their diagnosis, the treatment they receive and the impact it has on both their tumours and their quality of life. It will also collect clinical and medical data from patients’ NHS trusts (with the appropriate consent), with the data being made available to clinicians and scientists working on research into brain tumours.

Patients will also be able to access the data bank so they can benefit from others’ knowledge and experience and make better-informed decisions about their treatment and care.

Dr David Jenkinson, chief scientific officer for the Brain Tumour Charity, said: "Progress towards more effective brain tumour treatments has been too slow for too long. Brian will radically change the landscape of research into brain tumours, allowing patients to make better-informed decisions on their treatment and care and accelerating the development of potential new treatments and diagnostic techniques."

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Google has announced it is bringing together its different payment methods, such as Android Pay and Google Wallet, under an umbrella brand called Google Pay.

Google says the changes will make it "easier for [customers] to use the payment information saved to individuals’ Google accounts and make transactions quicker".

Writing in a blog on the Google site, Pali Phat, vice-president of product management for payments, said: "If you've ever paid for groceries with Android Pay, used Chrome to automatically fill in your payment information or purchased an app on Google Play, then you’ve already experienced some of the ways Google helps you pay for things online and in stores. Over the past year, we’ve been working to make these experiences simpler, safer and more consistent."

The company is encouraging organisations and developers to visit its payments solutions site to see how they can implement Google Pay or work with one of its processor partners for integration.

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The charity winners of the Creative Vision Awards have been announced by the organiser Kingston Smith.

The winners of the awards, now in their fourth year, will each receive an animated brand film worth about £150,000, created by students and recent graduates of animations and VFX from Bournemouth University.

For 2018, there are two winners in both categories: Demand and Access All Areas in the small charities category and Rethink Mental Illness and Book Aid International in the regular charity category.

Nick Brooks, not-for-profit partner at Kingston Smith, said: "The feedback we’ve had from winners of CVA films in previous years has shown what an amazing impact they can have. We’re really pleased to continue to give something back to a sector in which we work so much and at the same time to support the country’s emerging animators and visual effects talent."

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