University of Cambridge members
The Department of Public Health and Primary Care generates evidence to inform the prevention of premature death and disability, the promotion of health and provide evidence-based health policy. There is a particular focus on common chronic conditions – common cancers, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, osteoporosis and metabolic diseases. This Department is led by Professor John Danesh.
The MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. The outcomes from these studies are then used to develop strategies for the prevention of these diseases in the general population. This Unit is led by Professor Nick Wareham.
Medical Research Council Units
The MRC Biostatistics Unit develops statistical methods and their applications to the design, analysis and interpretation of biomedical studies. There is a major focus on statistical genomics, randomised trials, evidence synthesis and longitudinal data. This Unit is directed by Professor Sylvia Richardson.
The MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (formerly the MRC Human Nutrition Research) conducts nutrition research and surveillance to improve the health of the population with a focus on obesity and metabolic risk, musculoskeletal health, intestinal health and nutritional inequalities. This Unit is led by Professor Ann Prentice.
Health policy think tank
The PHG Foundation is an independent health policy think tank with the mission ‘making science work for health’. It is a leading international centre for public health genomics. This is led by Dr Hilary Burton.
Public Health England
Public Health England, East of England, directed by Professor Aliko Ahmed, oversees the development and implementation of Public Health England programmes and activities in the East of England including the provision of technical advice and support to local governments and the NHS.
The PHE Field Epidemiology Service collates and analyses information on infections and environmental exposures with the objective of rapid detection of outbreaks, incidents and trends requiring action. This Unit is led by Dr Mark Reacher.
The PHE Knowledge and Intelligence Service, East of England, helps public health teams based in local authorities and the NHS to make better decisions for commissioning, prioritisation and improving outcomes, by providing high-quality analysis and interpretation of population health data. Our online resources are backed up by workforce training and access to expert advice. This team is led by Professor Peter Bradley.
The PHE Clinical Microbiology & Public Health Laboratory, led by Dr Nick Brown, is based in Addenbrooke’s hospital. It provides the clinical microbiology services for acute NHS Trusts in Cambridge, Papworth, Huntingdon and Stevenage, as well as the surrounding GP practices.
At the National Cancer Registration Service (Eastern Office), staff collect, process, store and analyse all malignant tumours and some pre-cancerous and non-malignant cancers newly diagnosed in the East of England. This service is led by Dr Jem Rashbass.
Wider partnerships and collaborations
Our six cross-cutting units and collaborations focus on applied health research. Learn more about the history and funding of them here.
The Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) is studying the factors that influence dietary and activity related behaviours, developing and evaluating public health interventions, and helping shape public health practice and policy. This centre is led by the MRC Epidemiology Unit, and directed by Professor Nick Wareham.
The Behaviour and Health Research Unit contributes evidence to national and international efforts to achieve sustained behaviour changes that improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities. This Unit is led by Professor Theresa Marteau.
The Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research focuses on (a) measuring quality of health care, (b) evaluating approaches and policies for improving health care delivery and (c) analysing population health outcomes. This centre is led by Mary Dixon-Woods.
The Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre receives substantial levels of funding from the National Institute for Health Research to translate fundamental biomedical research into clinical research that benefits patients. It aims to adopt new insights in technologies, techniques and treatments for improving health. It consists of a number of themes including the Evaluation and Implementation Theme (Professor Carol Brayne, Dr Hilary Burton, Professor Martin Roland) as well as the Population Health Science Theme (Professor John Danesh, Professor Nick Wareham).
The NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East of England is a partnership focused on improving the health and well-being of vulnerable people in complex health systems, while retaining a population health view. Professor Peter Jones directs CLAHRC East of England. The dementia, frailty and end-of-life care research theme is directed by Professor Carol Brayne.
The NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) is a national partnership aiming to build the evidence base for effective public health practice, looking at what works practically to improve population health and reduce health inequalities. In Cambridge, we are investigating ageing well, alcohol, childhood obesity and the built environment. The Cambridge team is led by Professor Carol Brayne. Learn more about the SPHR Cambridge research programme here.