Underpinning all Unit scientific programmes are specialist Research Support teams which are primarily involved in data collection, measurement and providing core scientific infrastructure, to support the active research studies and manage legacy study resources. These comprise five operational teams that provide the necessary infrastructure and expertise in data management, study co-ordination, field epidemiology, information technology and laboratory work. Additionally there are three scientific specialist teams providing expert knowledge and support in anthropometry, physical activity measurement, and statistics.
Each of these Research Support teams is led by a senior manager who has expert knowledge in their field. They have the responsibility of establishing efficient systems and delivering high quality scientific processes in their respective areas. They ensure that the research undertaken by the Unit adheres to the highest ethical standards and is in accordance with requirements of the University of Cambridge and MRC policy and guidance, legislation from regulatory bodies and local ethical and governance frameworks. These standards for good research practice underpin the quality of science and ensure the integrity of outputs. This provides assurance to those whose work builds on the scientific resources generated and also supports public confidence and participation in research.
Matt Sims, Head of Research Operations, is responsible for overseeing the activity of the Research Support teams and ensuring that the teams are resourced to meet the scientific needs and that risks are appropriately controlled.
Research Support Teams
- Statistics and Data Science team
- Anthropometry team
- Physical Activity Technical team
- Study Coordination and Field Epidemiology teams
- Laboratory team
- Data Management team
- Information Technology (IT) team
The Unit also has a dedicated Communications and Knowledge Exchange Team that supports the Unit’s work with media, social media, public engagement and the wider impact agenda.