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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 mission is to create world class interdisciplinary research addressing global disease challenges. 

Who we are 

Our virtual network connects over 300 infectious diseases researchers across the University and sector leading institutes in Cambridge and beyond. Our members are from all six schools of the University, including with members from biological sciences, medicine, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, computer science, engineering and technology.

What we do

Cambridge Infectious Diseases operates as a connector and catalyzer of existing and new initiatives, supporting the capacity of researchers to develop new research collaborations, and acting as a gateway for industry, policy makers and the public to access Cambridge expertise in infectious diseases. Our activities support collaboration and influence in a variety of ways; joint ownership, partnership, coordination, information exchange, convening, consultation and outreach.

Supporting University Researchers: Research Facilitation & Convening

  • We promote dialogue and knowledge transfer between infectious disease scientists of all disciplines. Amongst our infectious diseases research priorities are novel and re-emerging pathogens, infectious diseases at the human-animal interface, pathogen population genetics and transmission dynamics, and antimicrobial resistance.
  • We identify and share interdisciplinary research funding opportunities and provide coordination support to large-scale multi-disciplinary consortia driven funding applications in infectious diseases, pre and post award (with a focus on impact).
  • We convene meetings from large symposia to focused round-tables to catalyze relationships across disciplines and to develop strategic academic and industrial partnerships with global reach.

University Outreach and Influence

  • Our web site provides an outward facing one stop shop to view of the breadth of  infectious diseases work ongoing at University of Cambridge and affiliated institutes.
  • We facilitate knowledge exchange between industry, policy makers, researchers and the public on how infectious diseases research can help solve global planetary health issues.


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 activities are coordinated by  (

Get Involved

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 welcome news about your research, and proposal ideas to develop new meetings and workshops or pathways to collaboration. 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.


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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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