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A consistent strategic aim for research on St George’s campus has always been to maximise the value of the co-location of St George’s, University of London with St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and associated organisations. 

The Clinical Academic Group (CAG) in infection comprises clinicians, clinical academics and academics from the university, South West Pathology and the Trust.

The CAGs supports translational research, creates opportunities to add value both to clinical research (for example, by improving mechanistic understanding) and basic science research (for example, by targeting translational elements). The CAG promotes excellence in clinical practice by creating a clinical environment in which academic rigour is brought to bear on clinical management questions and which attracts the best candidates at recruitment. It also helps to develop an excellent environment for teaching and training at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Vision

Our vision for the next five years is to develop a national and international hub for excellence in infection research and clinical practice which provides outstanding and unique research, teaching, clinical and training services to the local and global community.

Mission

By providing new research focus and momentum the CAG will:

  • build on a successful existing structure to improve clinical research links

  • allow collaborations to extend to other clinical specialties, particularly those interested in the role of the microbiome in disease and health

  • provide new routes into research, enhance clinical translation of basic research and strengthen clinical research by improving fundamental and mechanistic understanding

  • promote excellence by bringing academic scrutiny to bear on clinical practice and by creating a stimulating, enquiring environment for professional development

  • raise the profile of infection at St George’s, both internally and externally

  • identify and recognise infection as a key clinical strength within the Trust and the university to enable strategic bids for infection-related commissioning opportunities

  • help to attract more clinical trainees and young scientists to St George’s and provide integrated teaching in clinical infection

  • link to the emergent CAG environment and provide a coherent narrative to the clinical research environment at St George’s.

 

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