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  • From Lab Bench to Backbench

    3 December 2013


    Professor Kathryn Wood, from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, will be swapping a lab coat for legislation, when she visits Ms Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, at the House of Commons for a “Week in Westminster” commencing Monday 2 December as part of a unique ‘pairing’ scheme run by the Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science.

  • Oxford University and MRC Techonology collaborate to develop novel pain therapeutics for migraine

    14 November 2013

    Innovation Research

    MRC Technology, a technology transfer organisation, announced today it is collaborating with Dr Zameel Cader at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, to screen selective and potent potassium channel activators to develop novel therapeutic interventions in migraine.

  • 20% sugary drink tax could reduce obesity numbers by 180,000

    1 November 2013


    The number of obese adults in the UK could be reduced by 180,000 with a 20% tax on sugary drinks, say researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Reading. The tax could raise over £275 million for the Treasury.

  • How meningitis bacteria 'slip under the radar'

    25 September 2013


    Scientists have discovered a natural temperature sensor in a type of bacteria that causes meningitis and blood poisoning. The sensor allows the bacteria to evade the body’s immune response, leading to life-threatening infections.

  • A new role for sodium in the brain

    22 August 2013


    Researchers in the Department of Biochemistry, working in collaboration with scientists at McGill University have found that sodium is a unique “on/off” switch for a major neurotransmitter receptor in the brain.

  • New blood stem cell could help solve platelet shortage

    14 August 2013


    A new type of bone marrow stem cell in mice that is primed to produce large numbers of vital blood-clotting platelets has been discovered.

  • The American Society of Hematology honours Sir David Weatherall with lifetime achievement award

    4 August 2013

    Awards and Appointments

    The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will present the Society’s highest honor, the 2013 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology, to Professor Sir David Weatherall, MD, of the University of Oxford for his more than 50-year career in hematology combining seminal discoveries, visionary translational research leadership, and a passion for global health initiatives that have together helped improve clinical care for thousands throughout the developing world.

  • Medical Sciences professors honoured by Royal Society

    22 July 2013

    Awards and Appointments

    Professor Sir Walter Bodmer of the Department of Oncology and Professor Douglas Higgs, head of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University, have been named winners of significant prizes by the Royal Society in the UK national academy of science's annual set of awards for outstanding research and contributions to science.

  • Collaborative research centre opens new extension

    21 July 2013

    Events Research

    On 12th July 2013, Sir Michael and Lady Betty Kadoorie officially opened the new extension of the Kadoorie Centre for critical care, research and education. The Kadoorie Centre, located at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, is a place for collaborative research and development in critical care, traumatic injury and rehabilitation. Oxford University and NHS staff work with patients and clinical colleagues to ensure good quality research is developed that will improve patient care.

  • Dame Kay Davies to become Deputy Chairman of the Wellcome Trust

    27 June 2013

    Awards and Appointments

    The Wellcome Trust has today announced that Dame Kay Davies, Dr Lee’s Professor of Anatomy at the University of Oxford, has been appointed as its Deputy Chairman. Dame Kay, who has been a Governor of the Trust since January 2008, will take up the role on 1 October 2013.