QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (QMUL) is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive higher education institutions and part of the Russell group. QMUL is in the top 120 University in the world in the QS World University Rankings. The innovative research environment of QMUL and close collaboration with Barts Health NHS Trust and healthcare partners across East London gives QMUL a unique opportunity to translate and extend basic and clinical research into therapeutics that benefit the local community and beyond. QMUL has 112 H2020 participations currently, including R&D projects, as partner and coordinator under the societal challenges pillar, including SC1 Health.

Main tasks in the project

In WP2, QMUL, co-leader, will be primarily involved providing clinical expertise in driving and management of recruitment of patients with RA, SS and SLE to the clinical studies as well as provide clinical insights to the data analysis emerging from the clinical studies. Patients enrolled will be part of highly characterised clinical cohorts with well-established longitudinal datasets and associated biological samples stored in a large HTA-approved biobank.

In WP6, QMUL will work closely with the lead partner, all the other clinical partners, the patient advisory board and all the relevant patients’ organizations in order to ensure effective recruitment, adherence to GCP and retention of participants in the clinical validation study.

In WP9, QMUL will ensure, together with all the other clinical partners that dissemination of the project’s results will result in maximum impact on all the beneficiaries of this project, including the stakeholders, the academic community, patients and the general public. QMUL will participate to conferences and workshops, events to promote dissemination of the results, and will actively contribute to the publications of research results.

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