The Department’s research seeks to understand – and so ultimately arrest and reverse – disease processes of medical and social significance.
The Department’s staff contribute to joint initiatives such as the Cambridge Cancer Centre, Cambridge Immunology, Cambridge Infectious Disease and the Centre for Trophoblast Research. There are many warm collaborations with other Departments in the School of the Biological Sciences, the Clinical School and elsewhere in the University. The groups of some of the Department’s staff are located within University Institutes such as CIMR, CRI, the Gurdon Institute and the Stem Cell Institute, as well as in the Department’s own main sites in Tennis Court Road and at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
There is a yearly research income of about £9M, currently including 11 Programme Grants and 13 Personal Fellowships to senior staff. Income is won in national and international competition from bodies such as the MRC, BBSRC, the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, the Leukaemia Research Fund and the US National Institutes of Health.
The National Health Service funds the Department's contribution to the diagnostic laboratory work of Addenbrooke's Hospital. As other UK University Departments, core funding for some research activities and the great majority of our teaching comes from the Government through the Higher Education Funding Council's yearly grant to the University of Cambridge.