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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at The University of Cambridge

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About Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Mission, governance and activities

Cambridge Infectious Diseases is a leading international centre for research and teaching that focuses on infectious diseases and the impact these have on national and global health. Connecting researchers across Cambridge, we help spark new ideas for collaborative research as well as providing flexibility and expansion possibilities for traditional disciplines to address complex infectious disease problems. Our virtual network has expanded to include over 30 different departments and institutes, representing multiple disciplines in all six schools, from Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, through to Biological and Physical Sciences and Clinical Medicine.

Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC, is one of several Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks funded by the University of Cambridge to build on areas of existing research strength by bringing together a critical mass of expertise from across the Schools and beyond. The four key aims of this approach are to:

  • address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges
  • strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines
  • increase research capacity and profile by providing a platform for large-scale funding applications, recruitment and international research partnerships
  • enhance our ability to influence national and international research, policy and funding agendas.

Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC is governed by a Steering Committee co-chaired by Professor James Wood (Department of Veterinary Medicine) and Dr. Lydia Drumright (Department of Medicine), which includes senior and early career representatives from across all six schools at the University of Cambridge and key affiliated partner institutes and organisations. The centre network is coordinated by (

Joining Cambridge Infectious Diseases is free and is open to Cambridge-based researchers, at any level of their career, with an interest in research relating to infectious diseases. The online researcher directory allows people to search for network members with interests or expertise in particular areas. We encourage everyone based in Cambridge and with an interest in Infectious Diseases to join us at CID events and enage with us. At the core of our activities is grant development support, including focussed meeting series, promoting cross-discipline networking through various meetings, events, and seminars, supporting early career researchers, and providing pathways to impact through organizing public engagement and outreach activities, including active involvement in the Cambridge Science Festival.

Infectious Diseases Science at the interface

Combating infectious diseases remains as important as ever. A combination of basic and applied research has led to some extraordinary success stories, but history tells us that the emergence of a new infectious disease that goes on to threaten the health of the global population is a likely scenario. Furthermore, success can have a limited shelf life, as exemplified by the development of a plethora of antimicrobial drugs followed by continual erosion of their efficacy through the emergence of resistance.

The infectious disease research being undertaken at the University reinforces that the area is a strategic strength of Cambridge. The work is broad and ranges from fundamental biological research through to the development of new drugs, as well as understanding the history of infectious diseases.  Amongst our infectious diseases priorities are novel and re-emerging pathogens, infectious diseases at the human-animal interface, pathogen population genetics and transmission dynamics, and antimicrobial resistance.


Professor James Wood, Chair of Cambridge Infectious DiseasesProfessor James Wood

Dr Lydia Drumright

Co-Chairs, Cambridge Infectious Diseases



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