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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

Interdisciplinary research reducing the global health burden of infectious diseases.

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 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.

Our activities promote interdisciplinary research and learning, enhancing the effectiveness of existing University Departments and Schools by providing opportunities for research leaders and early career scholars to engage in mutually beneficial collaboration and dialogue focused around key cross-cutting areas of research. We promote simple steps and behaviours to nourish the practice of collaboration, operating 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.

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. Please join us.

Our vision is to build a world-leading interdisciplinary centre with capacity to innovatively develop solutions for intractable infectious disease problems and support evidence for infectious disease policy.

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.



The CID IRC team works very closely with