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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Cambridge Infectious Diseases is one of a select group of University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Centres at Cambridge, designed to build research capacity in tackling some of today's grand challenges.

Our vision is to create a world-leading interdisciplinary centre for infectious diseases research and accelerate solutions to reduce the global health burden of infectious diseases.

As a virtual network, we connect over 300 infectious diseases researchers across the University and sector leading institutes in Cambridge - with members from  biological sciences, medicine, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, computer science and engineering. Our activities support collaboration in a variety of ways; joint ownership, partnership, coordination, information exchange, convening and consultation. We promote dialogue and knowledge transfer between infectious disease scientists of all disciplines. 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.  

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 open to Cambridge-based researchers, at any level of their career, with an interest in research relating to infectious diseases. We believe working more closely together is fundamental to our vision of pushing forward he boundaries of knowledge, and reducing the burden of infectious diseases globally. Please join us.


Professor James Wood, Chair of Cambridge Infectious DiseasesProfessor James Wood

Dr Lydia Drumright

Co-Chairs, Cambridge Infectious Diseases


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The Global Challenge of Infectious Diseases

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 14 million people globally die each year from infectious diseases (i.e. one-fourth of total annual deaths). While the majority of these deaths occur in less wealthy countries, globalization and increased ease of travel have accelerated the speed within which infectious diseases are transmitted across the world. Moreover, in many wealthier countries, infectious diseases that were previously believed to be under control — such as tuberculosis, measles, and whooping cough — have returned at alarming rates. In all world sectors, infectious disease morbidity severely compromises not only the health of populations, but also impacts economic productivity and social stability.



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