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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Research Collaborations

Cross University Collaborations 

Our members are involved in a huge variety of linked research initiatives. Below we have highlighted pan-University interdisciplinary programmes relating to global infectious diseases research, which have garnered strategic support through Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC, and which span multiple departments and involve collaborations with partners outside of the University.


Wellcome Trust- Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research (WT-CCGHR)

The Wellcome Trust- Cambridge Centre for Global Heath Research promotes research excellence to meet global health challenges, by supporting researchers and research institutions in low and middle-income countries, through equitable collaborations and partnerships.

Integral to the Centre’s work is partnership with overseas institutions, researchers and students. The Centre aims to develop a network of leading international health professionals able to inform research and contribute to policy and health practice based on evidence at the national, regional and international level.

This collaborative effort  was launched at a Cambridge Infectious Diseases Annual Symposium in 2013 after a successful consortia bid led by Professor David Dunne, Dept Pathology (CID), and other partners, including six CID CoIs.

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Centre Pathogen Evolution

Located in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge, the Centre for Pathogen Evolution conducts highly translational scientific research focused on improving our understanding and ability to predict pathogen evolution in humans and other animals. As part of this work a global database of antigenic information is curated, and working with computational, mathematical and laboratory tools for pathogen surveillance and evaluation, the centre provides essential support to WHO activities in influenza vaccine strain selection, and emergency response for time-critical public health questions.

A collaborative effort led by Prof. Derek Smith (CID), with early support in 2012 from Dr. Colin Russell (CID) and the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Coordinator (Anna Davies).

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Identifying collaborators

Research in infectious disease is carried out in a range of departments in the School of the Biological Sciences and the School of Clinical Medicine. In addition to this, related research is carried out in several other Schools of the University, with principal investigators spanning departments as diverse as Physics,  Engineering, Geography, Biological Anthropology and Architecture.

 If you would like to identify potential collaborators or researchers with expertise in a particular area or technique, please search the Researcher Directory or contact the  Using the search mechanism you can group and search people by key research theme and by keywords alphabetically. For example, you can readily find all researchers with research interests in tuberculosis.

Funding & industrial collaborations

Research Services Division (RSD) provides a comprehensive service for Cambridge academics wishing to apply for or find funding. RSD can also help you to find industrial collaborators – there are currently around 700 industrially funded research collaborations underway in the University. In addition, RSD runs a range of events to showcase University research and to build interactions between researchers.

IP, licensing your research & spinouts

Cambridge Enterprise can provide advice on patenting and licensing your research discoveries, undertaking private consultancy and launching a spinout company.