The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. To date, 109 affiliates of the University have won the Nobel Prize. Founded in 1209, the University comprises 31 autonomous Colleges and 150 departments, faculties and institutions. Cambridge is a global university. Its 19,000 student body includes 3,700 international students from 120 countries. Cambridge researchers collaborate with colleagues worldwide, and the University has established larger-scale partnerships in Asia, Africa and America.

The University sits at the heart of the ‘Cambridge cluster’, which employs more than 61,000 people and has in excess of £15 billion in turnover generated annually by the 5,000 knowledge-intensive firms in and around the city. The city publishes 316 patents per 100,000 residents.

UCAM will serve as the clinical data centre for IDEA-FAST, creating a bespoke database system to support the pilot and clinical studies, facilitate study management and support data processing and analysis. In parallel, a patient-facing data portal will be constructed, allowing patients to enter data directly as appropriate. The database systems will be hosted and maintained by the Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit database programming team under the leadership of Dr Thomas Hiemstra, in a highly secure data hosting environment, compliant with regulatory and ethical requirements. UCAM will also provide expertise in the measurement of depression, anxiety and other behavioural symptoms in people with IBD and other chronic inflammatory disease.

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