25 September 2020
Scientists from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Medicine have today published their evaluation of LamPORE, a novel diagnostic platform for detecting SARS-CoV-2 RNA. It combines loop-mediated isothermal amplification with nanopore sequencing. This technology has the potential to analyse thousands of samples per day on a single instrument.
3 February 2020
Many congratulations to Prof Anne Goriely and Prof Alison Simmons, who have both been awarded Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards.
13 August 2019
The Medical Sciences Divisional Panel has conferred the title of Professor on six members of NDM's academic staff.
15 July 2019
Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS announced on 11th July that the Translational Gastroenterology Unit, University of Oxford, has been selected as the awardee in the IBD Stress Test QuickFire Challenge.
8 May 2019
Eight Oxford scientists are amongst 50 of the UK's world-leading researchers elected to join the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences this year.
7 December 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.
31 July 2018
For services to Clinical Medicine, Peter Radcliffe, Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, and Fellow of Magdalen College recieved a Knighthood in the New Year Honours.
21 June 2018
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’.
18 April 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.
3 May 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.
5 April 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.
2 March 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.
4 November 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.
13 September 2016
Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe has won one of the most prestigious prizes in medicine. The Lasker Awards recognise contributions that have allowed major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disease. Professor Ratcliffe is to receive the prizes for his work understanding the mechanisms by which cells sense and signal hypoxia (low oxygen levels), an important component of many human diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, and anaemia.
29 August 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.
22 August 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.
24 June 2016
Mucosal Associated Invariant T-cells (MAIT cells) Australian researchers recently found that they had an important role in fighting bacterial infections. Now, the Oxford team, led by Professor Paul Klenerman, say that they also fight viruses. Their results are in the journal Nature Communications.
1 March 2016
Dr Nicola Fawcett from the Modernising Medical Microbiology research group writes in the Oxford Mail about her research on the human microbiome, and how it might be affected by medications such as antibiotics.
23 December 2015
Dr Najib Rahman has led a study that challenges current guidelines that advocate the avoidance of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and use of small chest tubes for a specific lung condition.
1 December 2015
Talking to BBC Radio Oxford, Professor John Frater describes how HIV hides from the immune system, and how a new trial hopes to get the virus to reveal itself, so that the immune system can kill it. Interview begins approximately five minutes from the start of the programme.