CUH (Addenbrooke’s and Rosie Hospitals), the University of Cambridge and the School of Clinical Medicine work in partnership to advance medicine. Research and healthcare partnerships are very important for finding new ways to deliver and develop better treatments and care.
In medical research in the UK, “translation from the bench to the bedside” is very important. What this means is that those who fund medical research (mostly government agencies and charitable foundations) would like basic research, such as finding out how the cells in our bodies function or how our genetic make-up influences our risk for disease or our response to a medication or treatment, to focus on changing medical care and health. As a part of this translation, clear plans for how the research findings will be used to continue to develop medicine and health need to be provided, and there should be individuals or groups in place to support the translation.
Given the extensive and specialised training that researchers and medical care providers must do and the amount of work they have, translational research is often more difficult than we might expect. This is why partnerships between research-focused organisations, such as the University of Cambridge, and healthcare providing organisations, such as CUH, are so important.
CUH and the University of Cambridge have been working together in this way for decades. Cambridge Clinical Informatics centers its activities around this partnership. Our main aims include evaluating best care and practice in medicine and advising on these; understanding and preventing risk of ill health and complications; and advancing medicine through electronic decision support and innovative research that can be translated into care.