The main role of the anthropometry team led by Dr Emanuella De Lucia Rolfe is to manage the anthropometric and body composition activities run within the Unit, ensuring that the data collected for different studies are of a high quality. The team ensures the quality and accuracy of measurements by monitoring and supervising the activities performed by the field staff, including overseeing the training of new staff, by calibrating equipment and by running frequent quality assurance and quality control workshops. Key areas of science support are provided in the following ways:
- Providing training, support and quality assurance on data collection and processing methods as well as interpretation of data for internal staff and also external colleagues involved in collaborative studies.
- Developing standard operating and training procedures which follow good clinical and research governance practices.
- Developing and implementing policies to ensure efficient and safe operation of the anthropometric and body composition equipment.
- Co-ordinating the processing, analysis and interpretation of body composition data in the Unit.
- Managing the Radiation Protection processes on behalf of the Director, ensuring that the requirements of the IRR99 and IRMER regulations are met.
- Advising Investigators on the use of appropriate anthropometric equipment and planning anthropometric related components of research project proposals.
- Development and validation of novel anthropometric and body composition methods for use in epidemiological studies.
- Producing regular reports on progress including presenting findings at internal and external meetings.