Research and teaching to reduce ill health
The Cambridge Primary Care Unit (PCU) works to reduce the burden of ill health:
- by identifying and targeting the behaviours that lead to chronic disease;
- by improving early detection of illness;
- by improving the delivery of health services in community settings;
- and by teaching medical students, clinicians, researchers and educators.
We aim to deliver research and education at the highest international standards of excellence.
Who we are
The Primary Care Unit is based within the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, one of Europe’s premier university departments of population health sciences. Professor Jonathan Mant is Head of Unit and our Group leaders are Dr Stephen Barclay, Dr John Benson, Professor Christi Deaton, Dr Robbie Duschinsky, Professor Simon Griffin, Professor Mary Dixon-Woods, Professor Theresa Marteau, Professor Stephen Sutton and Dr Fiona Walter.
The PCU has rejoined the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, which is a partnership between eight leading academic centres for primary care research in England.
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Learn about academic posts for GPs as well as opportunities for PhD students at the Primary Care Unit.
Primary Care Unit News
Tailored voice messages in automated phone calls to patients could successfully prompt patients to take medicines as prescribed, according to…
Behavioural and cognitive scientists at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol have just been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Collaborative Award…
Negative media coverage of the side effects associated with taking statins, and patients’ own experiences of taking the drugs, are…