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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 Interdisciplinary Research Centre (CIDIRC) is a leading international hub for research and teaching that focuses on infectious diseases and the impact these have on national and global health.

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.

Our goal is to create a world leading interdisciplinary centre for research on infectious diseases and fast-track progress towards healthy lives for all. 

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 promote dialogue and knowledge transfer between infectious disease scientists of all disciplines, to spark innovative thinking, and to catalyse the formation of interdisciplinary partnerships for disruptive research at local, national and international scales.

A collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture is the hallmark of the University of Cambridge, and this extends to the study of infectious diseases in a planetary health context. 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.

As a virtual network, the Centre connects over 300 infectious diseases researchers across the University from biological sciences, medicine, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, computer science and engineering.  Our programs and activities underpin research that benefits from an interdisciplinary approach. We connect and engage an exceptional community of researchers and sector leading institutes to ensure research insights perpetuate innovation and inform policy and practice. We nurture the next generation of research leaders by providing supportive and collaborative opportunities for emerging early career researchers to develop. Building a thriving community that values coming together, our overarching goal is to create a culture in which interdisciplinary research can happen more readily. 

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  (alw83@cam.ac.uk).

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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Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre (CIDIRC) is a leading international hub for research and teaching that focuses on infectious diseases and the impact these have on national and global health. 

Our virtual network crosses all six schools of the University and provides a central resource for anyone interested in Infectious Diseases at the University of Cambridge, including researchers, affiliated institutes, commercial partners, national and international collaborators.

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Excising Infection in the Surgical Environment [ExISE]

Jan 25, 2018

20 Jan 2018 - An interdisciplinary project led by Professor Alan Short (UoC Department of Architecture /CIDIRC) re-examining surgical operating theatre design with superbugs in mind.

Engineering better care: a systems approach to health and care design and continuous improvement

Nov 03, 2017

10 Dec 2017 - Professor John Clarkson (UoC Department of Engineering/CIDIRC) is first author of the report “Engineering better care: a systems approach to health and care design and continuous improvement".

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