Our members include Departments of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge, Units of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Public Health England (PHE), cross departmental programmes at CIPH and a health policy think tank.
University of Cambridge
The Department, headed by Professor John Danesh, comprises over 350 staff and graduate students and seven academic groups specializing in different areas of public health: Bioresource, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology, Clinical Gerontology Unit, Primary Care Unit (PCU), The Public Health of Ageing Research Unit and THIS Institute.
Medical Research Council Units
Directed by Professor Nick Wareham, members of the Unit study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. It comprises seven MRC-core funded research programmes: Aetiology of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders, Nutritional Epidemiology, Growth and Development, Physical Activity Epidemiology, Physical Activity and Public Health, Behavioural Epidemiology and Prevention of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders. It also hosts the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR).
Led by Professor Sylvia Richardson, the Unit aims to apply statistical methods to all aspects of medicine, epidemiology and public health to design clinical trials as well as evaluate the effectiveness of public policies. Their researchers work across four major themes: DART: Design and Analysis of Randomised Trials, SGX: Statistical Genomics, ESH: Evidence Synthesis to inform Health and COLD: Methods for the Analysis of Complex Observational and Longitudinal Data
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. 2018 is the final year of operation for MRC EWL. Migration of knowledge and expertise in specialist capabilities including dietary assessment, nutritional biomarkers and stable isotopes to Cambridge University will take place during this year. www.mrc-ewl.cam.ac.uk
A non-profit think tank with a special focus on how genomics and other emerging health technologies can provide more effective, personalised healthcare and deliver improvements in health for patients and citizens. Led by Dr Mark Kroese.
Public Health 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.
Public Health England 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.
Public Health England Knowledge and Intelligence Service, East of England
Advises 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. The Knowledge and Intelligence Service is led by Professor Peter Bradley
Public Health England 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.
Staff collect, process, store and analyse all malignant tumours and some pre-cancerous and nonmalignant cancers newly diagnosed in the East of England. Dr Jem Rashbass is National Director for Disease Registration at Public Health England.
Cross departmental programmes at CIPH
A national partnership aiming to build evidence for effective public health practice, looking at what works practically to improve population health and reduce health inequalities. At Cambridge, the core themes over the next five years will be Public mental health, places and communities, Children & Families. The Cambridge team is led by Professor Carol Brayne.
A collaboration of academics, clinicians and managers who undertake high quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and service users, supporting the translation of research evidence into practice in the NHS and social care. Professor Peter Jones directs CLAHRC East of England. The dementia, frailty and end-of-life care research theme is led by Professor Carol Brayne.
The 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).