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Our new hospital will house the state-of-the-art CCRI (Cambridge Children's Research Institute), solely dedicated to improving the health of children and young people.

Architect image showing the CCRI. It has a very high, mostly glass, ceiling, with large industrial style lamps hanging from it. There are tables, chairs and sofas. It feels light and airy. There is a tree in a pot and a staircase to an upper level balcony
A concept design of how the CCRI atrium might look in the new children's hospital

The Cambridge Children’s Research Institute will embed research into Cambridge Children’s Hospital, bringing researchers and clinicians together in one place to create a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment dedicated to improving the health of children and young people.

The Institute will work to understand the early origins of physical and mental health conditions, using this knowledge to intervene sooner, shifting from reactive care to prevention and early intervention, to mitigate or prevent onset of serious disease.

Bringing together specialists in different disciplines and disease areas the Institute will house six research centres, focussed on understanding the main causes of children’s illness and the most serious obstacles that they face in their health and wellbeing.

Despite enormous challenges, we stand far closer than ever before to better treating many chronic and acute childhood diseases and conditions, to understanding the fundamental interconnection between mental and physical health and to predicting, or even pre-empting, them altogether. New discoveries about the origin of disease and behaviours, powerful technologies like whole genome sequencing, novel diagnostics and therapies, and the ability to access insights from patient data are poised to transform children’s physical and mental health.

Paediatrics is entering an exciting phase where we can have an even greater impact on the overall healthcare system. The care and research that will be delivered at Cambridge Children’s Hospital aims to set a course for the future.

Prof David Rowitch, Head of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge

Cambridge’s unique track-record, particularly in key fields like genetics, neuroscience, metabolic health and cancer, and its ability to translate research discoveries into direct and scalable patient benefits, means that the Research Institute within the Children’s Hospital is ideally placed to lead this transformation.

The 5,000m2 of new research space provided by the Institute will house wet and dry laboratories, clinical research facilities, a big data science core, and space for 200 faculty, staff and students. This will dramatically expand the physical footprint of Cambridge’s research space wholly focused on children and young people.

The Institute will catalyse interdisciplinary thinking from across the University of Cambridge and wider paediatric landscape, bringing together patients, clinicians, and researchers with world-class biomedical research organisations and industry partners. It will deploy expertise in genomics, data science, and artificial intelligence to deepen our understanding of genetic, chronic, and degenerative conditions.

Through the integration of biomedical, psychological and social sciences across infancy, childhood and young adulthood the Institute will develop new expertise for children and young people’s physical and mental health. By co-locating the Institute within the Hospital, we will accelerate the translational benefits of research, bridging the gaps in the research to clinical care continuum and ensuring clinicians are aware of new possibilities from the very beginning. Co-location will also ensure that research is directed towards the most clinically pressing questions – allowing care teams to plan how best to incorporate advances in diagnosis and treatment in close partnership with researchers, reducing the time it takes for patients to benefit from new discoveries and approaches.

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A reception area in the CCRI
A concept design of how the CCRI reception might look