Dr Rebecca Stratford

Dr Rebecca StratfordCEDAR Research Manager

Email: rs635@medschl.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: 01223 769125

UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
MRC Epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 285 Addenbrooke’s Treatment Centre
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ


  • BA, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge (Churchill College)
  • PhD, University of East Anglia
  • Diploma in Management, Open University

Background and experience
Rebecca’s research experience was in the agricultural biotechnology sector working initially for Unilever and then Monsanto to develop genetically modified crops with enhanced agronomic and quality traits.  She then transitioned to the medical research field, initially as R&D Manager at Papworth Hospital which involved implementing research governance standards and providing support for clinical trials.  She then joined the National Cancer Research Institute, a partnership of the major research funders established to address gaps in the national portfolio and develop infrastructure for cancer research in the UK.  Here, she contributed to the development of an initiative to provide leadership and coordination in PET scanning research and also to an analysis of the barriers to the involvement of NHS histopathologists in research.

Current work and interests
Rebecca’s current role is as the CEDAR Research Manager which encompasses a number of different dimensions.  This includes supporting the CEDAR governance structures, such as the Centre Management Group, Capacity Building Group and the International Strategic Advisory Group, and taking forward or coordinating actions to ensure progress between meetings.  It also involves managing the operational aspects of the CEDAR grant, including the “CEDAR Hub” which accommodates approximately 25 staff, students and visiting workers.

Organisational affiliation
Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge.