Our applied health research programmes are typically organised as cross-departmental centres that are “mission-oriented” and interdisciplinary. The rationale is that such efforts should enable our research to have a direct impact on public health policy and practice in the UK and internationally.
Cross departmental centres for public health research in Cambridge
The Centre for Diet and Activity Research was established in 2008, with a £5 million investment from the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (a consortium of several major funding agencies). CEDAR is one of five Centres of Excellence in Public Health Research in the UK. The unit is a collaboration of MRC Units and universities which focuses on changing diet and physical activity at a population level. In 2013, this Centre received a £4 million renewal. Read more about CEDAR
The Collaborative Leadership in Applied Health and Care – now CLAHRC East of England – was established in 2008, with £10 million of NIHR funding. This collaboration of University Departments of Psychiatry, Public Health and Primary Care, Engineering, and the Judge Business School as well as relevant NHS healthcare trusts aimed to improve mental health services. In 2013, this initiative was expanded to the East of England with a further £12 million of funding and a focus on frailty and patient safety. More about CLAHRC East of England
The Behaviour and Health Research Unit was set up in 2010, with £5 million of funding from the Department of Health in England, to contribute evidence that will lead to sustained behaviour change that improves health outcomes and reduce health inequalities. This initiative involves MRC Units, the University of East Anglia, and RAND-Europe, a not-for-profit policy research institute. More about the Unit
The Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research was established in 2010 by the University of Cambridge and RAND-Europe to develop methods to measure and improve quality of care and to advance health policy. In 2013, this Centre was judged to be one of the two top health policy think tanks worldwide, according to an independent report from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, RAND-Europe cemented this strategic relationship with the establishment in Cambridge of the RAND chair in health services research, held by Professor Martin Roland. More about CCHSR
The NIHR School for Public Health Research was established in 2012, incorporating eight leading centres of public health research in England, including Cambridge, to build the evidence base for effective public health practice.