Welcome to the Centre

The International Centre for Translational Digital Health is a joint collaboration between the University of Toronto, the University of Manchester and the University of Melbourne. The mission of the Centre is to advance the field of Digital Health in Canada, the UK, and Australia through the development, implementation, and translation of new technologies, policies, and service delivery models. The Centre brings together experts from a broad range of disciplines from each institution to share and develop knowledge, engage in collaborative activity, and leverage each other’s distinct national research environments. Its impact is the creation and commercialization of new technologies, the translation of theory into more effective public policy, and the strengthening of health services delivery.

The Centre offers numerous opportunities to support and promote members, create collaborations, and provide value to industry partners:

  • Joint Canada-UK-Australia research projects
  • Funding opportunities
  • Researcher and industry network exchange
  • Lectures, workshops, and symposia


Our hubs allow for members to connect on important topics in digital health.

A unique global partnership

Three cities and three universities perfectly positioned to impact digital health technologies.

The Centre is part of a larger collaboration between the Universities of Toronto, Manchester and Melbourne, with each university bringing unique expertise and experience. The Centre is supported by the Office of the Vice-President, International (OVPI), the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, by the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester and by the Faculty of Medicine Denistry and Health Sciences, the School of Computing and Information Systems, and the Centre for the Digital transformation of Health at the University of Melbourne.

This partnership allows the Centre to build upon shared experiences and expertise in public health systems and digital health technologies between three world-leaders in healthcare delivery innovation. The similarities of our cities allow for immediate cross-pollination of ideas and implementation.

Similarities Toronto Manchester Melbourne
PopulationUrban, highly diverse, substantial health inequalitiesUrban, highly diverse, substantial health inequalitiesUrban, highly diverse, substantial health inequalities
Healthcare SystemUniversal, publicly funded by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)Universal, publicly funded by the National Health Service (NHS)Combination of Universal, publicly funded, and private
Health DatabasesInstitute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)Greater Manchester Care Record
Academic/Hospital NetworksToronto Academic Health Science NetworkManchester Academic Health Science CentreMelbourne Academic Health Centre for Health (MACH)
Data Science/AI InstitutesVector InstituteAlan Turing Institute
Healthcare Innovation InstitutesMaRS Discovery District, digital health evaluation centresHealth Innovation Manchester, Manchester Science PartnershipsCentre for Digital Transformation of Health

Centre Directors

The Centre is lead by digital health, health policy, and engineering experts from the Universities of Toronto, Manchester and Melbourne.

Dionne Aleman

Dr. Dionne Aleman

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto
Emily Seto

Dr. Emily Seto

Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

Prof. Niels Peek

Christabel Pankhurst Institute for Health Technology Research and Innovation
University of Manchester
William Dixon

Prof. William Dixon

Centre for Epidemiology Versus Arthritis
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
University of Manchester

Mrs. Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell

Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Sciences
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
University of Manchester

Prof. Wendy Chapman

Centre for Digital Transformation of Health
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
University of Melbourne

Dr. Daniel Capurro

Computing and Information Systems
Engineering and IT
University of Melbourne

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