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International Links

Successful collaborations between Cambridge and international experts span the globe - zoom in and click on the map to find out more.

Developing international collaborations represents an important objective of the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Initiative (CIDI). We aim to build and sustain overseas links that facilitate high quality research, training and capacity building, for mutual benefit. Collaborations exist between our members and the US, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. A notable success that has developed out of CIDI has been the activities of THRiVE and associated programmes, which have established strong links in East and West Africa through the efforts of Professor David Dunne and Professor James Wood. CIDI links with Asia are also particularly strong; two external members of our steering committee are the directors of the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes in Thailand (Professor Nicholas Day), and Vietnam (Professor Jeremy Farrar), and several members of CIDI have active collaborations with one or both Units. The breadth of CIDI’s international reach and aspirations may be illustrated by examples of overseas research collaborations led by members of the steering committee:

  • Professor Sharon Peacock, who previously spent 7 years working in the Wellcome Unit in Thailand, continues to work there on melioidosis and leptospirosis as well as mentoring several PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.
  • Professor Derek Smith collaborates with both of the Wellcome Units in Asia on influenza, and with the unit in Vietnam on dengue.
  • Smith also leads a cross-disciplinary and highly international programme that has recently been awarded the prestigious designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Evolution, and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Professors Duncan Maskell and James Wood are involved with the VIzions zoonosis programme at the Wellcome Unit in Vietnam, with Maskell being a member of the Scientific Advisory Board.
  • Maskell also has a BBSRC-funded collaboration with the Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China, to develop single platform diagnostics and vaccines for pig respiratory diseases. Maskell was a member of a BBSRC/RCUK delegation to New Delhi, India, which is likely to result in a bilateral partnering scheme with substantial funding. Maskell also has ongoing research collaborations with the Institute of Hygiene and the Instituto Biologicas Clemente Estable in Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Wood also studies emergent zoonotic viral infections of wildlife, especially bats in Africa, and has well established collaborations with several Ghanaian institutions.
  • Professor David Dunne has conducted multidisciplinary research on poverty-associated parasitic diseases in Africa for 30 years, based on long-term collaborative partnerships with African scientists in Kenya, Uganda, Mali and elsewhere.
  • Professor Nick Mascie-Taylor has led collaborative work on tropical diseases in human populations in a number of countries in Africa and Asia (particularly Bangladesh, India and Japan) for more than 20 years.