The MRC Epidemiology Unit (South Wales) was formally closed at the end of March 1999. To ensure that the data and biological samples collected by the unit are still made available to the academic community, the MRC has entrusted the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol with its custodianship
Although funding was made available for the transfer and collation of the materials, there is no specific funding for meeting future requests for new work on the various cohorts. To maintain that materials are used appropriately, avoid duplication of work and ensure that any outputs are of the highest scientific calibre, the MRC has set up an independent steering committee to review all requests for collaboration utilising these materials.
Only proposals that have been approved by the committee can proceed. All potential collaborators must read and sign the Caerphilly terms and conditions (Office document, 36kB) which describes the terms and agreement between them, the MRC and School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol.