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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


The Creating Health Impact from Research workshop is funded by the University’s Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership Award and will be run in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Leeds.

The training elements will be delivered by Nessa Carey, a professional consultant with an extensive background in biology and technology transfer between academia and industry.


Course SummaryAlthough basic research is a hugely worthwhile pursuit in itself, it can be incredibly satisfying to see that your work is also creating benefit for other people outside the academic sphere. However, it can be difficult to know where to start, and what to do. This training course, which consists of two videos (Creating Impact From Research and Working With Industry And Translational Research) and a live online interactive session, will equip you with practical templates, strategies and tactics for exploring ways in which you can create impact from your research, and expand your professional transferable skill set. Please also see bottom of this page for Learning Outcomes.


The course is opened to all researchers (post doc and up) from the University of Cambridge whose research will impact health and life science. The course will cover all types of impact and is not limited to commercial impact.

It includes two short recorded videos to be watched before you then produce a brief impact hypothesis statement. You will receive feedback from your statement by Nessa Carey and then there will be a live session delivered by Nessa which will be held jointly with researchers at the University of Leeds. This will give you the opportunity to exchange ideas and network with other researchers outside of Cambridge.


Places are limited to 10 per institution per date. Watch this space for the next live session 


Training Timeline:

  • Expression of interest period:  please register here  or email Padraig -   

  • Candidates notified and sent links to two short training videos and associated documents

    • Video 1: Creating Impact from Research

    • Video 2: Working with Industry and Translational Research

  • Candidate submission of their impact hypothesis:  (Optional)

  • Nessa Carey to provide feedback on impact hypothesis: 

  • Live session delivered by Nessa Carey:  

If you would like to take part in this training please register here or contact Padraig Mulcahy ( for further details. Places are limited so it is suggested to get in touch as soon as possible.



Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course the attendees should be able to:

  1. Recognise why government and charity funders have an increasing expectation of researchers and their institutions to support translational research and the creation of impact.

  2. Define ‘translational research’ and why it is relevant to them.

  3. Articulate the opportunity for impact from their own research by writing and critiquing an Impact Hypothesis

  4. Devise methods to test their own Impact Hypothesis

  5. Reflect on whether the proposed Impact from their research is realistic/relevant

  6. Identify the key next stages to move their Impact idea forwards

  7. Recognise the translational routes/business models to achieving Impact

  8. Understand why non-academic partners want to work with universities

  9. Articulate what benefits can be gained from working with non-academic partners

  10. Address their own concerns about working with non-academic partners

  11.  Identify relevant potential partners and stakeholders to engage with

  12. Present their research in different forms to different audiences, including defining and communicating their USP

  13. Develop an awareness of the importance of intellectual property and the basic principles of protection and confidentiality

  14. Reflect on how translational skills are applicable to careers outside the University

  15. Identify researchers with similar issues and share knowledge and resources

  16. Develop personal action plans to identify and develop the impact potential of their research