Innovation and excellence in science and health

Academic research

Academic research

Centuries of pioneering medical research

Cambridge academics are responsible for many of the breakthrough discoveries that underpin modern healthcare. In addition to a broad portfolio of licensing opportunities, their research has catalysed dozens of healthcare start-up companies. Today, building on decades of successful commercial collaborations, there is a keen interest in exploring new partnerships with industry.

Patient-centric research

In addition to investigating the underlying causes of disease, research on the Biomedical Campus is focused on the development of new methods of predicting, preventing, screening and diagnosing illness as well as novel methods of treating disease. There is a growing interest in e-medicine and tele-health including technologies that enable the  remote monitoring of patients in their homes and in the community.

Focus on translational research

In 2006, a partnership between the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals was selected by the Government’s National Institute for Health Research as one of only 5 Biomedical Research Centres (BRC) in the UK. These Centres are leaders in scientific translation, receiving substantial levels of investment to transform fundamental biomedical research into clinical research that will benefit patients. They are also early adopters of new insights in technologies, techniques and treatments for improving health. Funding for the Cambridge BRC was renewed in 2011 for a further five years at a record level of £110 million.

Integrated delivery of care, research and education

Cambridge University Health Partners is one of only five Academic Health Science Centres in England recognised by the Department of Health as internationally competitive centres of excellence in the integrated delivery of health care, health research and the education of health professionals. CUHP’s members are the University of Cambridge, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The objectives of CUHP are the achievement of excellence in health care, research and education for public benefit.

Click here for a list of the main academic centres on and close to the Campus.