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Wellcome Trust - Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research



The Wellcome Trust- Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research was set up in 2013 to promote research excellence to meet global health challenges, by supporting researchers and research institutions in low and middle-income countries, through equitable collaborations and partnerships.

The Centre was funded by a five year award from the Wellcome Trust. The application for the Centre came out of the Cambridge-Africa programme and the first co-director for the centre, jointly with professor Ken Smith, was Professor David Dunne (Pathology) who was also the Director for Cambridge-Africa.

The Centre's vision was to train and support the best Scientists wishing to pursue a career in global health research and will work with international partners to provide institutional capacity when requested. This vision was fully aligned with the mission of the University of Cambridge, “To contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.


  • High quality research
  • Equitable partnerships with research institutions notably from low to middle income countries
  • Mentoring and Support of student and researchers notably from LMIC
  • Health promotion and advocacy substantiated by research

Integral to the Centre’s work is partnership with overseas institutions, researchers and students. The Centre aims to develop a network of leading international health professionals able to inform research and contribute to policy and health practice based on evidence at the national, regional and international level.

All countries have valuable experience in meeting their particular set of health challenges. Building on existing research excellence, the Centre aims to develop a research and knowledge partnerships, able to inform health practice, primarily in low and middle-income Countries, where health expenditure and resources may be limited.

Population dynamics, urbanisation and climate change are likely to have increasing impact on global health. The Centre supports research informing intractable health challenges including parasitic and neglected diseases of the tropics, infection and drug resistance, animal and human health associated with food production as well as the health challenges associated with equity, lifestyles and diet.


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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

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