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University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is recognised throughout the world as a centre of excellence for medical education and research,

The University of Cambridge has been teaching medicine from 1540 when Henry VIII endowed the University’s first Professorship of Physic. Undergraduate clinical medical education began in earnest on the hospital campus in 1976 with the opening of the School of Clinical Medicine. 

Much of the clinical teaching occurs at Addenbrooke’s with the consultants, junior staff, nurses and allied health professionals regularly involved in medical student teaching and assessment.

The integration of academic research with full professional clinical training has been the hallmark of the Clinical School since its foundation. In 1998 the School established the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research with the objective of determining and understanding the molecular mechanisms of disease.

There are major ongoing strengths in

  • medical genetics
  • immunology
  • structural biology applied to medicine
  • molecular cell biology
  • developmental/stem cell biology.

These disciplines underpin the wide range of research programmes into disease-specific areas such as cancer, cardio-vascular medicine, diabetes, genetics and genetic medicine, infection and immunity and neurosciences which form the core of the Biomedical Research Centre conducted in association with departments in CUH.