The Northern Pathology Imaging Collaborative. This major project to digitise pathology images across a region has £10m of funding from Innovate UK.

Research Objectives:

NPIC (Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative) is a unique collaboration between NHS, Academic and Industry partners. Beginning in 2019, NPIC will deploy digital pathology across hospitals in the North of England and will develop artificial intelligence tools to help diagnose cancer and other diseases.

It will involve the full digitisation of NHS pathology laboratories covering a population of 3 million people.

Start date:



3 years


This £10m project is funded through the UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the government’s flagship investment programme that
focusses on addressing the opportunities and challenges of the future, which is managed by UK Research and Innovation.


The project director is Dr Darren Treanor a Pathologist at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

NCCPM role:

Professor Young & Dr Mark Halling-Brown are advisors to the project based on their expertise in establishing the OPTIMAM research database and its use for artificial intelligence research.