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The silent epidemic killing more people than HIV, malaria or TB

The silent epidemic killing more people than HIV, malaria or TB

Posted 07/12/2018

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.

Online tool allows patients with ulcerative colitis to manage condition

Online tool allows patients with ulcerative colitis to manage condition

Posted 18/04/2018

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.

Mortality risks associated with emergency admissions during weekends and public holidays

Mortality risks associated with emergency admissions during weekends and public holidays

Posted 21/06/2017

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’.

World Asthma Day Research Update

World Asthma Day Research Update

Posted 03/05/2017

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that is on the increase. 5.4 million people receive asthma medications in the UK each year. That is 1:12 adults and 1:11 children. Asthma is treatable and it is frustrating that despite the amount of treatment prescribed, one patient with asthma has an attack every ten seconds, and approximately 17% of asthma patients find it a disease difficult to ...

New potential treatment target for inflammatory bowel disease patients

New potential treatment target for inflammatory bowel disease patients

Posted 05/04/2017

Oxford Researchers have identified a potential therapeutic target for inflammatory bowel diseases. The findings are of particular importance to the 40% of patients who don’t respond to anti-TNF therapy, the current treatment option available. Professor Simon Travis co-led this study.

Consensus statement: Virus taxonomy in the age of metagenomics

Consensus statement: Virus taxonomy in the age of metagenomics

Posted 02/03/2017

Although viral sequences are important in traditional taxonomy, information used for virus classification typically requires information on their biological properties, such as host range, pathogenicity and virion structure as well as genetic relationships. In his recent Consensus statement, Professor Peter Simmonds proposes sequence-only classification, enabling much of the viral diversity observed in metagenomic sequence datasets to be incorporated into official virus taxonomy.

Graduate Study Prize Winners 2016

Graduate Study Prize Winners 2016

Posted 04/11/2016

The NDM Graduate Prize winners for 2016 are Emma Davenport, Symon Kariuki, Sarah McCuaig, Manuel Rivas and Joshua Tan. The winners were awarded a £500 prize. This year’s winners have worked across many research areas including malaria vaccine work, behavioural studies and software development.

Ada Lovelace Day 2016

Ada Lovelace Day 2016

Posted 06/10/2016

Ada Lovelace Day is an annual international event to celebrate the achievements of women in Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths.

NDM is proud to have many successful female scientists in a variety of roles across the Department. To mark this occasion NDM spoke to some of our successful female scientists about their careers and inspiration to become a scientist.

Medicine at Oxford named world's best for sixth year running

Medicine at Oxford named world's best for sixth year running

Posted 29/09/2016
Medical and health teaching and research at Oxford University has been ranked as the world's best for the sixth year running in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The discipline-specific tables, released today, follow on from last week's announcement that Oxford has been ranked the top university in the world by the same publication – the first time a UK institution has been awarded the accolade.
Oxford ranked first among global universities

Oxford ranked first among global universities

Posted 22/09/2016

Oxford becomes the first British university ever to occupy top position in the global table, which judges the performance of 980 universities across 79 countries. Oxford’s top ranking reflects its all-round strength in contemporary research and teaching. Renowned as the oldest University in the English speaking world, modern Oxford is at the forefront of the full range of academic disciplines, including medical sciences, science and engineering, humanities and social sciences.

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