Transfer of the MRC Epidemiology Unit to the University of Cambridge
“To all research study participants who are currently or have previously participated in Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit research studies:
With effect from Wednesday 1st May 2013 the MRC Epidemiology Unit will transfer to the University of Cambridge, creating a new University Unit department within the School of Clinical Medicine.
The transfer is part of a wider strategic alliance between the MRC and the University which has been agreed so that we can build on and enhance our excellent research science, strengthen integration with University research activities, and open up exciting new scientific opportunities and funding.
As part of this transfer the responsibility for the safeguarding of research data and personal information will move from the MRC to the University. However, apart from this, the location of where this data is held, who has access to the data and the conditions under which it is held will not change.
After the transfer, we will be sending participants who have taken part in the following studies a letter confirming that the responsibility for safeguarding research data and personal information has moved to the University. These studies are the:
- Commuting and Health in Cambridge Study
- Diabetes Risk Communication Trial
- Feedback, Awareness and Behaviour Study
- Fenland Study
- Physical Activity of Couples in Retirement
- Step Test Validation
- Vitamin D Supplementation Trial
Following the transfer the unit name will remain the MRC Epidemiology Unit, as will the address which can be found below.
If you have any questions about the Unit transfer or would like further clarification about what the transfer will mean with regards to the data we hold, then please contact James Sylvester, Clinical Research Manager at the address below.
Professor Nick Wareham
Director, MRC Epidemiology Unit
MRC Epidemiology Unit
Institute of Metabolic Science
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Box 285