The Department of Paediatrics is a recognised international centre for research in child health and development.
Currently research is focused in eight main areas:
- Neonatal neuroscience investigating genetic factors that determine development and diversity of glial cells of the brain and the response to injury and signalling pathways in the regulation of neural stem cell proliferation.
- Neonatology effects of early infant feeding and their impact on growth in the pre-term infant
- Paediatric intensive care research on inflammation and infection in the critical care setting
- The genetics and pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications
- The determinants of birth size and infant growth and how they relate to risk for adult disease
- Epigenetics and mucosal immunology in paediatric intestinal health and disease.
- Pathophysiology of multi-organ failure in critical illness
- The genetic and hormonal control of human sex development
The department also has close links with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s) Women’s and Children’s Division with collaborative research opportunities in a number of paediatric sub-speciality areas including intensive care, neurology, oncology, neonatology, gastroenterology and paediatric respiratory / allergy medicine. For more information go to Research Themes or Paediatric Research at Addenbrooke’s.
The Department of Paediatrics has close collaborative research links with a number of nationally and internationally based research groups and manages approximately 9.5million pounds of research grant funding from various government, charitable body and industry sources annually.
Research governance sets out principles, regulations and standards of good practice to deliver high quality research. All research undertaken at the Department of Paediatrics is expected to adhere to the Research Council UK guidelines . All health related research involving human participants has additional governance requirements which are set out in the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care (Adobe PDF). Researchers should also follow the principles laid out in the UUK concordat to support research integrity.