Capacity building

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Dr Menna Clatworthy discusses developing the next generation of researchers. Click here to see our fellows.


When we talk about “capacity building”, we simply mean the way we help to develop, train and support the next generation of researchers, scientists and non-medical health care professionals (NMHCPs).

This will help them to make a lasting contribution to translational research – in other words, research that moves (or ‘translates’) from the laboratory to the clinic where it can start to benefit patients.

We will do this through funding, supporting and mentoring:

  • NMHCPs and clinicians who want to carry out patient-centred research in the NHS and/or pursue a career in academic medicine
  • Researchers, biomedical scientists and MPhil students who want to develop their research skills, including how to work with and make sense of the “big data” now being collected across whole populations
  • Non-clinical PhD fellows to work on joint projects between Cambridge BRC and co-funder MedImmune, to increase rapid translation of research to the clinic (“bedside”)
  • Clinical PhD students undertaking experimental medicine research including clinical trials. We will work with international pharmaceutical companies that have a Cambridge base to provide this support.

We will also provide opportunities to work on cutting-edge genomic (the study of genes and their functions) technology, through our collaborations with the Sanger Wellcome Genome Campus and the European Bioinformatic Institute (EBI).