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Infectious Diseases

Ghana Vaccine

Infectious Diseases are covered by many aspects of the Centre's work and are a core theme. There is a general interest in Epidemiology, Pathogenic Mechanisms and therapy as well as research into specific infections such a Tuberculosis and Meningitis. Other areas include Pathogen Evolution and Anti-Microbial Resistance.

Infectious diseases are studied in the context of both the infecting microbe and the hosts they infect. We consider the impact of genetics, immunity and environment on susceptibility to infection. We use phylogenomics to study the evolution and spread of infections in real time and space. We work on neglected and fastidious pathogens using an integrated approach and develop real technologies that can be exploited and utilised by those working in disease endemic areas. We use such mobile technologies to capacity build and train the next generation of young investigators and clinicians.

For each theme this website  highlights the current research undertaken at Cambridge with our collaborating partners, our researchers and their current and future research interest  as well as notable exchange programmes, fellowships or publications which meet the Centre's Mission and Vision.

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Pathogen Evolution and Emerging Threats

Parasitic and Neglected Infectious Tropical Diseases

Immunity in the Compromised Host

Zoonotic Diseases


Left: Vaccinations in Ghana, Credit: gavi_2012_olivier_asselin



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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Prof Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, in Brussels on Monday 7 -


The Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research is funded by the Wellcome Trust. In close collaboration with The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, it supports researchers working in public health and tropical medicine to develop their careers, and foster interchange between institutions in the UK and those based in low- and middle-income countries.