Edith Cowan University is an Australian public university located in Perth, Western Australia. It was named after the first woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament, Edith Cowan, and is the only Australian university named after a woman.ECU is situated in Western Australia, with approximately 20,000 students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, approximately 4000 of whom are international students originating from over 90 countries outside Australia.ECU was granted university status in 1991 and was formed from an amalgamation of teachers' colleges with a history dating back to 1902 when the Claremont Teachers College was established; making ECU the modern descendant of the first institution of higher education in Western Australia.The university offers more than 400 courses across two metropolitan campuses, in Mount Lawley and Joondalup, and a regional campus in the South West, Bunbury, 200 km south of Perth; with some courses also offered for study off-campus . Additionally, the university has partnerships with several education institutions to conduct courses and programs offshore.Divisions of note include the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts , recognised as one of Australia's prestigious performing arts training academies; the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine which offers the largest undergraduate nursing program in WA; and the School of Education which offers the widest range of secondary teaching specialisations within WA. The university is the largest provider of Psychology and Community Studies courses in Western Australia. ECU is also home to the WA Screen Academy. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 13, 2017
Nursing-2017 features highly enlightening and interactive sessions to encourage the exchange of ideas across a wide range of disciplines in the field of nursing. They invite the contributions related to nursing research. You can submit your work in these broad themes. For conference themes please see: http://nursing.madridge.com/conference-themes.php The 1st International Conference on Nursing event was a huge success; they also welcomed the exposure to the new research and advancements presented during the 3 day conference. The conference has a gathering of 200 nursing professionals from 18 different countries all over the world. Nursing-2016 Speakers and Delegates: · Nezam Al-Nsair, University of Mount Union, USA · Phyllis Hansell, Seton Hall University, USA · Yvonne Ramlall, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada · Michael Jacqueline Lall, University of Texas at Arlington, USA · Khlood Salman, Duquesne University, USA · Jih-Yuan Chen, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan · Claire Donnellan, Trinity College, Ireland · Francis Florencio, AUT University, Newzealand · Maude Hebert, University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, Canada · Julie Slade, Chatham University, USA · Manal Alatrash, Western University of Health Sciences/College of Graduate Nursing, USA · Amera Rashed, Menoufyia University, Egypt · Shauna Davies, University of Regina, Canada · Muder Alkrisat, Chamberlain College of Nursing, USA · Linda J. Ulak, Seton Hall University, USA · Dawn Marie Nair, St. Vincent's College, USA · Kristen Crusoe, Oregon Health & Sciences University, USA · Ma'en ZaidAbu-Qamar, Edith Cowan University, Australia · Pia Yngman-Uhlin, Linköping University, Sweden · Ana Peliteiro Neto, Emirates Home Nursing, Saudi Arabia · Seamus Cowman, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Bahrain, Bahrain · Audrey Cund, University of the West of Scotland, UK · Louise Johnston, University of the West of Scotland, UK · Sherry Arvidson, University of Regina, Canada · Laureen Turner, University of San Francisco, USA · Hazel Kyle, University of the West of Scotland, UK · Johanna McMullan, Queens University, uk · Nasreena Waheed, Charles Dawin University, Australia · Maryann Godshall, Drexel University, USA · Muyssar Sabri Awadhalla, University of Bahrain, Bahrain · Kristina Schildmeijer, Linnaeus University, Sweden · Susan Carlisle, Queen's University Belfast , UK · Carin Ericsson, Linköping University, Sweden · Ghada ghamdi, University of Dhammam, Saudi Arabia · Janna Skagerström, Linköping University, Sweden · Sylvia Godelia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada · Ahmed Maghari, Merck KSA · Ahmed Naser, Merck KSA · Ahmed Niaze, Merck KSA · Aida Mohamed, Merck KSA · Areej Khan, Merck KSA · Faten Ahmad, Merck KSA · Faten Ezzeddine, Merck KSA · Fatima Al Maghrabi, Merck KSA · Fayza Hassanin, Merck KSA · Hani Alismaeel, Merck KSA Nursing-2017 Organizing Committee: · Sheila Ryan, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA · Samy A. Azer, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia · Vivien Dee, Azusa Pacific University, USA · Birsen Yurugen, Okan University of Health Sciences, Turkey · Amal Kadry Nicola Attia, University of Sharjah, Saudi Arabia · Nurhan Bayraktar, Near East University, Turkey · Esther Christian Sellars, The University of Tennessee at Martin, USA · Nezam Al-Nsair, University of Mount Union, USA · Khlood Salman, Duquesne University, USA · Michael Jacqueline Lall, The University of Texas at Arlington,USA · Mohammad Al Qadire, Al Al-Bayt University, Jordan · Aysegel Durmaz, Dumlupinar University, Turkey Nursing-2017 is organizing an outstanding Scientific Exhibition/Program and anticipates the world’s leading specialists involved in Nursing Research. They welcome Sponsorship and Exhibitions from the Companies and Organizations who wish to showcase their products at this exciting event. Register for the conference and book your slots at: http://nursing.madridge.com/register.php Contact person: Bhagya Rekha email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Naples, FL, May 13, 2017 --( PR.com )-- 2nd International Nursing Conference is going to be held during November 1-3, 2017 at Barcelona, Spain.Nursing-2017 features highly enlightening and interactive sessions to encourage the exchange of ideas across a wide range of disciplines in the field of nursing.They invite the contributions related to nursing research. You can submit your work in these broad themes. For conference themes please see:The 1st International Conference on Nursing event was a huge success; they also welcomed the exposure to the new research and advancements presented during the 3 day conference. The conference has a gathering of 200 nursing professionals from 18 different countries all over the world.Nursing-2016 Speakers and Delegates:· Nezam Al-Nsair, University of Mount Union, USA· Phyllis Hansell, Seton Hall University, USA· Yvonne Ramlall, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada· Michael Jacqueline Lall, University of Texas at Arlington, USA· Khlood Salman, Duquesne University, USA· Jih-Yuan Chen, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan· Claire Donnellan, Trinity College, Ireland· Francis Florencio, AUT University, Newzealand· Maude Hebert, University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, Canada· Julie Slade, Chatham University, USA· Manal Alatrash, Western University of Health Sciences/College of Graduate Nursing, USA· Amera Rashed, Menoufyia University, Egypt· Shauna Davies, University of Regina, Canada· Muder Alkrisat, Chamberlain College of Nursing, USA· Linda J. Ulak, Seton Hall University, USA· Dawn Marie Nair, St. Vincent's College, USA· Kristen Crusoe, Oregon Health & Sciences University, USA· Ma'en ZaidAbu-Qamar, Edith Cowan University, Australia· Pia Yngman-Uhlin, Linköping University, Sweden· Ana Peliteiro Neto, Emirates Home Nursing, Saudi Arabia· Seamus Cowman, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Bahrain, Bahrain· Audrey Cund, University of the West of Scotland, UK· Louise Johnston, University of the West of Scotland, UK· Sherry Arvidson, University of Regina, Canada· Laureen Turner, University of San Francisco, USA· Hazel Kyle, University of the West of Scotland, UK· Johanna McMullan, Queens University, uk· Nasreena Waheed, Charles Dawin University, Australia· Maryann Godshall, Drexel University, USA· Muyssar Sabri Awadhalla, University of Bahrain, Bahrain· Kristina Schildmeijer, Linnaeus University, Sweden· Susan Carlisle, Queen's University Belfast , UK· Carin Ericsson, Linköping University, Sweden· Ghada ghamdi, University of Dhammam, Saudi Arabia· Janna Skagerström, Linköping University, Sweden· Sylvia Godelia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada· Ahmed Maghari, Merck KSA· Ahmed Naser, Merck KSA· Ahmed Niaze, Merck KSA· Aida Mohamed, Merck KSA· Areej Khan, Merck KSA· Faten Ahmad, Merck KSA· Faten Ezzeddine, Merck KSA· Fatima Al Maghrabi, Merck KSA· Fayza Hassanin, Merck KSA· Hani Alismaeel, Merck KSANursing-2017 Organizing Committee:· Sheila Ryan, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA· Samy A. 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News Article | May 9, 2017
Beijing, May 1, 2017: The Spring 2017 issue a special issue entitled "The Global Burden of Preventable Cancer Mortality", Guest Editor: Roger J. Zoorob, includes an editorial, seven original research articles, one review article and two China Focus articles addressing various topics in family medicine in both China and internationally. The first featured article in this issue is an original research article entitled "Self-reported preferences for patient and provider roles in cancer treatment decision-making in the United States." by authors Kiara K. Spooner, Charles C. Chima, Jason L. Salemi, Roger J. Zoorob, whose findings from a nationally representative sample of the adult US population provide additional evidence that cancer treatment decision-making role preferences differ by individuals' sociodemographic and health characteristics. While these intrinsic characteristics are not modifiable during a single clinical encounter, the results highlight the importance of providers' assessment, awareness, and discussion of patient preferences for their participation in their own care. For enhanced quality of cancer treatment decision-making and patient-centered care, these findings also identify opportunities to improve existing strategies and decision-making support tools so they are more responsive to the needs and preferences of the patient population. The second featured article is an original research article entitled "Unplanned hospitalizations for metastatic cancers: The changing patterns of inpatient palliative care, discharge to hospice care, and in-hospital mortality in the United States." by authors Jason L. Salemi, Charles C. Chima, Kiara K. Spooner, Roger J. Zoorob. The authors characterize predictors and assess trends in inpatient mortality and the provision of palliative and hospice services to metastatic cancer patients who experience unplanned hospitalization. Unplanned hospitalization in this population has been shown to be an indication of increased risk of death in the short term, thereby warranting consideration of alternatives to intensive and potentially invasive end-of-life care when such a trigger event is experienced. The authors found that over the 10-year period from 2002 to 2011, even though there were rapid increases in the provision of inpatient palliative care services and discharge to hospice care among these patients, only a minority of patients received these services. These findings suggest a continuation of aggressive care even as patients near the end of life. We recommend screening protocols in hospitals to identify cancer patients who are likely to benefit from palliative care and those who will be good candidates for hospice referrals. Other articles published in the issue include: Maria C. Mejia de Grubb, Barbara Kilbourne, Katy Kilbourne, Michael Langston, Lisa Gittner, Roger J. Zoorob, Robert Levine: Socioeconomic, environmental, and geographic factors and US lung cancer mortality, 1999-2009 Baqar A. Husaini, Robert S. Levine, Phillip Lammers, Pam Hull, Meggan Novotny, Majaz Moonis: Smoking, depression, and hospital costs of respiratory cancers: Examining race and sex variation Haijun Wang, Maria C. Mejia de Grubb, Sandra J. Gonzalez, Mohamad Sidani, Jianping Ma, Roger J. Zoorob: Temporal trends in colorectal cancer incidence among Asian American populations in the United States, 1994-2013 William Huang, Larissa Grigoryan: Student self-assessment versus preceptor assessment at the midpoint of a family medicine clerkship Anjali Aggarwal, Jason L. Salemi, Bernice Yap, Jennifer Mattas, Sameer Naik, Roger J. Zoorob, Hamisu M. Salihu: Modified Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course: Feasibility, trainee satisfaction, and sustainability potential Sandra J. Gonzalez, Maria C. Mejia de Grubb, Robert S. Levine: Primary and secondary prevention of colorectal cancer: An evidence-based review Lap Kin Chiang, Cheuk-Wai Kam, Kin-Chung Michael Yau, Lorna Ng: Characteristics of patients with erectile dysfunction in a family physician-led erectile dysfunction clinic: Retrospective case series Qi Xu, Jieyan Shen, Rong Shi, Hui Zhao: Ten year risk assessment of ischemic cardiovascular disease and intervention analysis among middle-aged residents with moderate risk and above in a Shanghai-based community Family Medicine and Community Health is a stringently peer-reviewed, open access journal in its fifth year of publication. FMCH aims to promote timely communication of medical knowledge and skills that translate into better modalities of care globally. It focuses on family medicine; community health; chronic disease management; community nursing; hospice care; paramedics; epidemiology; education and training; and community health policy worldwide. Led internationally by Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Wei Wang, MD, PhD, FFPH, of Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, upcoming special issue topics include: E-Health in Community Healthcare, Cancer Research and Aging Care and Mental Health and Medical Care Quality Control. Roger J. Zoorob, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, serves as U.S. Editor. FMCH is available on the IngentaConnect platform and at Family Medicine and Community Health. Submissions may be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. There are no author submission or article processing fees. FMCH is indexed in the EBSCO, OCLC, Primo Central (Ex Libris), Scopus, Sherpa Romeo, Ulrichsweb, DOAJ and WPRIM Databases. Follow FMCH on Twitter @FMCHJournal; or Facebook.
News Article | July 5, 2016
A 12-metre humpback whale weighing up to 40 tonnes has washed up on the beach near Margaret River prompting a shark warning. The Department of Parks and Wildlife will remove the whale carcass that washed up on Honeycombs beach in Leeuwin-Naturaliste national park in the WA’s south-west. The whale, which is estimated to weigh 30 to 40 tonnes, is likely to have died in the past few days at sea and washed ashore. “Because it is a popular surf location, the decomposing whale could attract sharks to the area, therefore we have decided to remove the animal in the interests of public safety,” Parks and Wildlife Ngari Capes Marine Park co-ordinator Matthew Dasey said. The beach has been closed and people have been urged not to enter the water. The carcass will be taken to a landfill facility. There have been a spate of sharks spotted on Perth’s northern beaches in the last week, including five sharks that were more than three-metres long. Last month, there were two fatal shark attacks off Perth’s coast. Ben Gerring was attacked while surfing near Mandurah and Edith Cowan University nursing and midwifery lecturer Doreen Ann Collyer was mauled while diving 1km off Mindarie, in Perth’s north.
News Article | June 6, 2016
The second shark victim in West Australian waters within five days has been named as university lecturer Doreen Collyer, as authorities try to catch and shoot the animal believed responsible. Collyer, a lecturer with the school of nursing and midwifery at Perth’s Edith Cowan University, was hailed as a much-loved and respected colleague, mentor and teacher. The 60-year-old was diving about 1km off Mindarie marina in Perth’s north when she was fatally mauled on Sunday, less than a week after surfer Ben Gerring, 29, was attacked by a shark at Gearies break at Falcon, south of the city. Western Australia’s fisheries department said if it caught the shark believed to be responsible for Collyer’s death, it would be shot. Fisheries officers have closed beaches and reset baited drum lines 1km off Mindarie marina, where she was fatally mauled on Sunday. Gerring died on Friday night at Royal Perth hospital with his pregnant fiancee at his side. It was the first time two fatal shark attacks had occurred in Western Australian waters within such a short period of time, the Fisheries metropolitan regional manager, Tony Cappelluti, said on Monday. “From my recollection, we’ve had them maybe months apart but probably never several days apart,” he said. A large shark was caught by baited drum lines on Wednesday, close to the site where Gerring was attacked, then towed further out to sea where it drowned. Cappelluti said any shark caught in the wake of Collyer’s death that fitted the description of the one that attacked her would be shot. “If we catch a shark of the description and the type of shark that we believe may have been responsible – and like the Falcon incident, we believe it is a white shark of at least three metres in length ... then it is highly likely we will take the decision to destroy it in the interest of public safety,” he said. “We have two methods: we can either let it expire on the line or we can use a firearm. In this instance today, we’ll be using a firearm.” Cappelluti said salmon were abundant in Falcon waters when Gerring was surfing, but there were no obvious shark attractants with the latest fatality. The deaths have reignited debate about WA’s policy to catch and kill sharks deemed an imminent threat to public safety. The state premier, Colin Barnett, defended the decision to do so but ruled out a return to permanent drum lines in the water, which was trialled in 2014 but not extended after the Environmental Protection Authority recommended against it. Barnett admitted the program – which resulted in the death of 172 sharks but not a single great white – had been a failure and he was concerned the attacks had damaged WA’s reputation as a tourism destination. “The evidence, some of it anecdotal, seems to be that there are significantly more sharks off our coastline,” he said. “There seems to be more large sharks, particularly great whites, and they seem to be closer to the beaches.” The state government was constantly reviewing shark hazard mitigation strategies, he said, but there was a limit to what it could do to protect the public. The safest approach was to use patrolled beaches, he said. “There’s no doubt, if you swim on the beaches and you swim in controlled areas through surf life saving clubs, you are safe,” he said. “Yes, there’s probably improvements that we could make to have more information more readily available but people have to take some responsibility if they’re going to isolated surfing locations or diving off our coastline.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-EJD | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2016 | Award Amount: 3.76M | Year: 2017
Though security is a field of study capable of diverse applications in daily life, security science is a young discipline requiring larger inter-disciplinary effort. ESSENTIAL seeks to develop security science by addressing two of its main problems: the ad-hoc approach to security research and the growing complexity of the security environment. To do so, ESSENTIAL has set itself two main goals: a) to train inter-disciplinary security experts and professionals, to tackle security threats in a systematic manner and b) to increase societal resilience and security by addressing in an interdisciplinary manner 15 research topics, each associated with long-standing problems in the field of security science ranging from modeling security perception and democratizing intelligence to improving security and privacy in data ecosystems. ESSENTIAL will be the first programme of its kind that aims to jointly educate the next generation of interdisciplinary experts in security science, by uniquely exposing the 15 ESRs to: (1) theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in such areas as: (a) the policing and regulation of information-security technology, and (b) the implementation of policies and legal standards within computing and communication systems; (2) real-world environments in law enforcement, intelligence and industry; (3) strong academic guidance offered by highly qualified supervisors and mentors; (4) high tech research infrastructures; and (5) a diversity of interdisciplinary research events, such as workshops, conferences, summer/winter schools. The ESSENTIAL consortium is built upon long-lasting cooperation relations among leading organizations coming from academia, international and national stakeholders and the private sector, many of whom have over 25 years of experience in contributing directly to national, European and UN technology-related policy making.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SEC-2011.6.1-5 | Award Amount: 4.24M | Year: 2012
Convenience and cost-effectiveness are the two key considerations for both citizens and security forces when deciding which technologies to embrace or avoid in the Information Society. State actors and private corporations adopt information communication technologies (ICTs) because they are cost-effective. The motivation for adoption may be different in the private and public sectors but once adopted these ICTs are then capable of being bridged in multiple ways permitting police/security forces to go beyond the data they gather directly but also increasingly tap into data gathered and stored by private corporations. These ICTs, which have to date gone through a period of largely organic growth, will be deemed to be in balance if they are implemented in a way which respects individual privacy while still maximising convenience, profitability, public safety and security. RESPECT seeks to investigate if the current and foreseeable implementation of ICTs in surveillance is indeed in balance and, where a lack of balance may exist or is perceived by citizens not to exist, the project explores options for redressing the balance through a combination of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies and operational approaches. Investigating at least five key sectors not yet tackled by other recent projects researching surveillance (CCTV, database mining and interconnection, on-line social network analysis, RFID & geo-location/sensor devices, financial tracking), RESPECT will also carry out quantitative and qualitative research on citizens awareness and attitudes to surveillance. RESPECT will produce tools that would enable policy makers to understand the socio-cultural as well as the operational and economic impact of surveillance systems. The project will also produce operational guidelines incorporating privacy by design approaches which would enable law enforcement agencies to deploy surveillance systems with lowest privacy risk possible and maximum security gain to citizens.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH.2013.2.2.1-5 | Award Amount: 8.58M | Year: 2013
Pain-OMICS is a multidisciplinary consortium of leading clinical, academic and SME researchers in pain and different omics technologies. Genome-wide association studies identified a number of loci associated with pain, but the level of knowledge about underlying mechanisms of different pain syndromes as well as individual variation in the disease course remains inadequate. Pain-OMICS will capitalise on its existing high quality clinical, genetic, biochemical and pharmacological data and biological samples on over 5000 well characterised patients with low-back pain (LBP) and controls available to our EU and US clinical partners. We will exploit novel technological approaches made available through the expertise and global leading position of our analytical partners. These comprise cutting edge genomic, epigenomic, glycomic, and activomic approaches which reflect signal transduction and membrane dynamics. We believe that the inclusion of these complementary analyses will elucidate pathways through which acute LBP fails to resolve and becomes chronic LBP. In addition, these approaches will reveal pathways and biomarkers of chronic pain through which individual differences affects symptoms and response to therapy. Participation of leading clinics on both sides of the Atlantic will enable replication of all finding in at least three independent large cohorts, as well as in prospective study and a large twin cohort. A complex systems biology approach will be used to integrate, interrogate and understand this multidimensional dataset in order to achieve the aims of identifying novel diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers as well as new targets for therapeutic intervention. The track record of achievement of our partners coupled to participation of research-intensive SMEs is a strong indication that the ambitious work programme will be achieved and provides a framework for rapid translation of research discoveries into solutions for the benefit of large numbers of patients.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.1.5 | Award Amount: 8.44M | Year: 2013
The aim of the AU2EU project is to implement and demonstrate in a real-life environment an integrated eAuthentication and eAuthorization framework to enable trusted collaborations and delivery of services across different organizational/governmental jurisdictions. Consequently, the project aims at fostering the adoption of security and privacy-by-design technologies in European and global markets. This objective will be achieved by:\n1)\tdesigning a joint eAuthentication and eAuthorization framework for cross-domain and jurisdictional collaborations, supporting different identity/attribute providers and organizational policie,s and guaranteeing privacy, security and trust;\n2)\tadvancing the state-of-the-art by extending the joint eAuthentication and eAuthorization framework with assurance of claims, trust indicators, policy enforcement mechanisms and processing under encryption techniques to address specific security and confidentiality requirements of large distributed infrastructures;\n3)\timplementing the joint eAuthentication and eAuthorization framework as a part of the platform that supports collaborative secure distributed storage, secure data processing and management in the cloud and offline scenarios;\n4)\tdeploying the designed framework and platform in two pilots on bio-security incident management and collaborative services in Australia and on eHealth and Ambient Assisted Living in Europe; and\n5)\tvalidating the practical aspects of the developed platform such as scalability, efficiency, maturity and usability.\nThe aforementioned activities will contribute to the increased trust, security and privacy, which in turn shall lead to the increased adoption of (cloud-based) critical infrastructures and collaborative delivery of services dealing with sensitive data. AU2EU strategically invests in two pilots deploying the existing research results as well as the novel techniques developed in the project to bridge the gap between research and market adoption.\nThe project builds on existing schemes and research results, particularly on the results of the ABC4Trust project as well as the Trust in Digital Life (TDL) initiative (www.trustindigitallife.eu), which initiated this project and will support its objectives by executing aligned activities defined in the TDL strategic research agenda. The project brings together a strong collaboration of leading industry (such as Philips, IBM, NEC, Thales), SMEs (such as Bicore) and research organizations of Europe (such as Eindhoven University of Technology) and Australia (such as CSIRO, Edith Cowan University, RMIT University, University of New South Wales & Macquarie University) as well as the large voluntary welfare association (such as German Red Cross). Consortium is determined to make a sustained long term impact through commercialization, open source & standardization of open composable infrastructure for e-services where privacy and interoperability with existing technologies are guaranteed.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH.2012.2.4.5-2 | Award Amount: 8.55M | Year: 2012
Inflammatory bowel diseases affect 0.8% of the Europeans, and are associated with high morbidity, definite mortality and an increasing economic burden. Current diagnostic tools and therapeutics for IBD are unsatisfactory. Development of biomarkers allowing insights into pathogenesis, prognosis and targeted therapy is a major unmet need. This programme addresses that need. IBD-BIOM is a multidisciplinary consortium of leading academic and industrial SME researchers in inflammatory bowel disease, genomics, glycomics, glycoproteomics and activomics. Recent genome-wide association studies performed by IBD-BIOM partners have identified nearly 100 genes associated with IBD, but clinical application of these is so far limited. IBD-BIOM will capitalise on its existing high quality clinical, genetic, biochemical and immunological data and biological samples on over 6000 very well characterised IBD patients and controls by exploiting novel technological approaches made available through the expertise and global leading position of IBD-BIOM partners. These comprise cutting edge epigenetic, glycomic, glycoproteomic and activomic approaches which were all previously reported to be associated with inflammation and disturbances to the immune system. The inclusion of these complementary analyses in the diagnostics of IBD should also facilitate elucidation of pathways through which environmental exposures influence IBD risk and progression. A complex systems biology approach will be used to integrate, interrogate and understand this multidimensional dataset to identify novel early diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and new targets for therapeutic intervention. The track record of achievement of IBD-BIOM partners coupled to the central and leading positions of the research-intensive SME partners in IBD-BIOM is a strong indication that the ambitions work programme will be achieved and a framework to facilitate swift conversion of research discoveries into commercial products.