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Non-communicable diseases

Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity all arise from an interplay of an individual’s genetic make-up with their behaviour and environment. The growing trend of urbanisation, changing diet and reducing physical activity, coupled with increasing life expectancy means that the impact of cardiovascular disease and diabetes is a growing concern, especially in parts of the world where health resources are scarce.

Diabetes and Obesity Research

Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and premature death. Between 35–40% of people in Europe will develop diabetes over their lifetime. Although NCDs are often thought of as diseases of affluence, they are more common in LMICs than in high income countries.

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Cardiovascular Disease Research 

The burden of coronary heart disease (CHD) is increasing at a greater rate in South Asia than in any other region globally. Despite unmet public health needs, these populations remain largely understudied in relation to cardiovascular diseases (CVD)

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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