Research Themes

Research at the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre is divided into a number of therapeutic areas described as themes.

The core priority for the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre is translational medicine, delivering science from the bench to the bedside.


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Antenatal, Maternal and Child Health

Researchers in this theme will be looking at finding better ways to predict and prevent stillbirth and infant mortality. Read more

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Cancer

Researchers in this theme will focus on improving early detection of cancer and use of data to drive personalised treatments for patients. Read more

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disease

This theme will investigate heart and lung diseases and how using artificial intelligence (AI) could identify patterns in data to improve diagnosis. Read more

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Data Science and Population Health

Researchers will explore the use of population data to improve early detection health conditions to change outcomes. Read more

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Devices and Advanced Therapies

Developed in line with the Life Sciences Vision 2021, this theme aims to expedite patient access to new treatments & technologies.Read more

Genomic Medicine

Working with our partners, including patients, this theme aims to drive adoption of genomics into everyday healthcare.Read more

Imaging

This theme aims to benefit patients, including those with heart disease, stroke or cancer, while reducing NHS costs. Read more

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Immunity, Inflammation and Transplantation

This theme will explore ways to develop personalised treatments for patients with immune disorders and improve outcomes of organ transplants. Read more

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Infectious Disease Threats

Cambridge has a strong track record in microbiology and infectious diseases research, from basic science to clinical studies. Read more

Mental Health

Researchers will study the links between physical and mental health conditions, as well as improve therapies and treatments. Read more

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Neurodegenerative Disease and Dementias

This theme aims to develop treatments for all dementias, as well as creating new diagnostic tools to identify the disease earlier.Read more

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Neuroscience

Neurological disorders affect 1 in 6 in the UK and are complex and highly variable, with limited treatment opportunities. Read more

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Nutrition, Obesity, Metabolism and Endocrinology

Our research aims are to improve the lives and health of people with obesity, diabetes and related metabolic and endocrine diseases. Read more