Experimental Medicine is part of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford. Staff are based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, the Churchill Hospital, the Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research, the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital.
Administration support for Experimental Medicine is based on Level 5 of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington with research units having their own admin support attached to where they are based.
This symposium will bring together a large international network of partners from academia and industry, to explore the use of novel reagents and launch ambitious compound development and translational projects. Its programme will cover recent advances, showcase novel potential targets for research, and establish new collaborations. An all day event, taking place on 14 June 2018 at St Catherine's College, Oxford. Register here.
Lecture Theatre 1
Viral hepatitis is on the rise. Tackling hepatitis B in Africa is key to fighting back. “HIV has been an acute pandemic with resources thrown at it. That’s a completely different picture than hep B, which has travelled with humankind for tens of thousands of years — and by dint of that invisible carriage, has never had that injection of political advocacy, funding, energy and education that’s gone into HIV,” says Philippa Matthews, an immunologist at the University of Oxford, UK, who studies viral infections such as HBV.
Following a successful clinical trial, Dr Alissa Walsh, the main researcher, who works with Professor Simon Travis, has spoken about the online tool that allows people with a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to manage their own condition and reduce hospital visits. This is now being rolled out to more patients in Oxford who suffer from ulcerative colitis.
An analysis of antibiotic use at the John Radcliffe hospital has shown that some Doctors use up to 30% less antibiotics without risk to patients. However they may admit more patients when the diagnosis is unclear - a ‘hold and observe’ strategy as opposed to ‘prescribe antibiotics and discharge’.
Understanding how an infection spreads is vitally important for prevention. Whole genome sequencing of microorganisms allows us to construct family trees of infections, from donnor to recipients, and understand how microbes behave in general. Through its genetic code, we can also predict whether a germ is susceptible or resistant to a specific antibiotic, and give patients a more stratified and personalised treatment, as explained by Professor Derrick Crook.
The Nuffield Department of Medicine operates unit-based formal mentoring schemes for all externally funded research fellows.
We currently have a large number of postgraduate students studying within Experimental Medicine.
There is a wide range of opportunities in the Experimental Medicine Division.