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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Cross University Programmes

Cross University Programmes and Partnerships

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 Centre supports collaborative partnerships and scientific training activities in basic biomedical and health-related research. This is achieved through coordinated cross-faculty research across departments and research institutes in Cambridge including The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

The Centre was launched at a Cambridge Infectious Diseases Annual Symposium in November 2013 after a successful consortia bid led by Professor David Dunne, Dept Pathology (CID), University of Cambridge with  Professor Nelson Sewankambo, ex-Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Professor Ken Smith, Head, Dept of Medicine (CID), University of Cambridge, Professor Duncan Maskell, Head, School of Biological Sciences (CID), University of Cambridge, Professor James Wood, Head, Dept of Veterinary Medicine (CID), University of Cambridge, Professor Derek Smith, Director, WHO Coordinating Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Dept of Zoology (CID), University of Cambridge, Professor Nick Wareham, Head, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, Professor Martin Roland CBE, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, Professor Stephen Bentley, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (CID), Professor Gordon Dougan, Head, Pathogen Genomics, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (CID), Professor John Danesh, Head, Dept Public Health & Primary Care, University of Cambridge.

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WHO collaborating Centre for Modelling, Evolution and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases.


In 2012, the University of Cambridge received designation as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre. This
designation was primarily in recognition and support of the contribution to public health by the Centre for Pathogen Evolution,
in the Department of Zoology. The activities of the Collaborating Centre have subsequently grown to include numerous other
groups throughout the University. 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 we curate a global database of antigenic information, 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.

The bid for the centre in 2012 involved a collaborative effort led by Prof. Derek Smith (CID), with Dr. Colin Russell (CID) and and received significant administrative/coordination support from the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Coordinator (Anna Davies).

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