Why Cambridge?

Cambridge is one of the foremost medical research epicentres of Europe, and its researchers are leading advances in global healthcare. At Cambridge Children’s we will capitalise on this, moving swiftly to turn scientific breakthroughs into effective treatments. Together, we will deliver longer, healthier, happier lives for everyone.

The city is home to the University of Cambridge. No institution has won more than its 107 Nobel prizes. No one’s discoveries, from evolution to gravity, DNA and dark matter, have had such an effect on all our lives. From Wordsworth to Wittgenstein, Cambridge writers and thinkers have transformed our understanding of ourselves. The world’s investment in Cambridge has had a huge return – and this must continue. Because we are uniquely placed both to identify what the world needs – and to deliver it.

Cambridge Children’s will sit at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus – Europe’s leading life science hub. Combining world-class biomedical research, outstanding patient care, and clinical education, the Campus provides an exceptional environment that can revolutionise our approach to children’s health.


It includes many prestigious research institutions such as the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research, the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science and the recently relocated Royal Papworth Hospital.

Along with close-by neighbours, including the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute, this is the largest concentration of biomedical research entities in Europe. Being located upon the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge Children’s will be able to access and channel latest research emerging from this hub.

Children and young people will continue to have smooth access to the on-site mental and physical health expertise available at Addenbrooke’s and CPFT. These include the paediatric intensive care unit, neurosurgery, major trauma centre and complex airway management to name a few. The vitally important transition to adult services will be eased by close proximity and familiarity of people and services.

By helping us improve how we treat those young people unfortunate enough to be affected by serious childhood diseases, the new hospital has the potential to transform provision of healthcare for families in the East of England

Prof Stephen Toope
Vice Chancellor
University of Cambridge