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What difference does research make in improving hospital care?

It’s a fact - research-active hospitals have better patient outcomes. Discover how Cambridge health research is improving patient care.

  • 7th November 2023 - 7th November 2023
  • 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Public Open Evening 2023

Talks are between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. Doors open at 5.30pm for networking with researchers (stands and posters) and also after the talks until 8.00pm.

Join us for this free event for members of the public and staff, as we share how health research is helping to improve patient care.

Researchers in Cambridge are at the forefront of tackling major health challenges such as cancer, obesity, endocrine tumours, and hearing loss. Find out how we are turning our discoveries into life-changing treatments for our patients and how local people are supporting and influencing this work.

If you are interested in finding out more about research from our ‘Devices and Advanced Therapies’, ‘Nutrition, Obesity, Metabolism and Endocrinology’ and ‘Cancer’ themes​, this evening is for you. 

Light refreshments (tea/coffee and nibbles) are available on arrival and during the exhibition/ networking.

Speakers include:

Dr James Macfarlane: How can research improve diagnosis and treatments?- improving diagnosis of endocrine tumours.

Dr Tessa Cacciottolo : How can research improve diagnosis and treatments?– new treatments for people with severe obesity.

Dr Deborah Vickers – using devices to improve hearing abilities.

Dr Richard Baird – personalising treatments for patients with cancer – with tumour DNA sequencing.

Prof. Miles Parkes, Director of NIHR Cambridge BRC , closing speaker.

Compère for the evening:

Dr Amanda Stranks, Patient and Public Involvement/Engagement and Communications Strategy Lead, NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre

For further details of the evening visit our website www.cambridgebrc.nihr.ac.uk

Here you’ll find:

• Speakers involved

• How to get to the venue

• Accessibility information

• A downloadable poster to advertise the evening to others


Accessibility information

The venue has full disabled access and disabled toilet facilities. The theatre is fitted with an induction loop to assist the ‘hearing impaired’ and wheelchair access at the rear of the lecture theatre.

Parking facilities for Blue badge holders is available. Please contact Georgina Norris on gan23@medschl.cam.ac.uk to let us know, we will require your car registration number and will provide further details.

Getting to the Venue

By car

For free on-site parking please use Staff Car Park 5 (formerly called Car Park S).                                                                                               

The entrance to this car park is off Robinson Way and opposite the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology. Robinson Way entrance can be accessed off Long Road.

Staff Car Park 5 (formerly Car Park S is an outdoor car park and is adjacent to the venue. You can walk directly across Puddicombe Way to reach the Open Evening venue, the Cambridge Cancer Research Institute (CRUK).

Please note that this is a staff car park and that the barriers will not be opened for the event until 5pm. There are plenty of parking spaces, however, to reduce the amount of traffic coming into Addenbrooke’s site we ask that you use public transport where possible.

Should you park in car park 1 or car park 2, both are further away from the venue. Ensure you collect a “car park pass” from the reception desk before leaving to benefit from an evening parking discount rate of £4.80.

By Bus

Cambridge Biomedical campus is well connected from the city and nearby villages by bus. There are lots of buses to the campus (Buses A, D and U stop close to the venue on Puddicombe Way). Getting to CUH details including public transport.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Georgina Norris via email: gan23@medschl.cam.ac.uk

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  • Air conditioned
  • Car Parking
  • Cloakroom facilities
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • On site parking
  • wheelchair access
  • WI-FI

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Blue Badge Parking
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Induction loops
  • Staff available to assist
  • Wheel chair accessible

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