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Medical Sciences Division News

New study links hospital privatisation to worse patient care

A new review has concluded that hospitals that are privatised typically deliver worse quality care after converting from public ownership. The study, led by University of Oxford researchers, has been published in The Lancet Public Health.

International Recognition of Oxford's Maternal-Fetal Nutrition Research: Dr. Jose Villar Wins Prestigious Award

Dr. Jose Villar, Professor of Perinatal Medicine at the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, has been honoured with the prestigious 2024 March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award in Maternal-Fetal Nutrition.

Oxford-ZEISS Centre of Excellence officially opened

ZEISS is partnering with the University of Oxford bringing ground-breaking microscopy imaging equipment, and analysis tools, to advance the study of global health and disease.

The lasting legacy of Norman Heatley, the unassuming penicillin pioneer who changed the course of medicine

Norman Heatley is often described as the unsung hero of the penicillin story. A recent PhD graduate with a genius for invention, he became a pivotal member of the Oxford team that developed the miracle drug in the early 1940s. A new Medium article features an interview with Norman's eldest daughter, Rose Heatley, about his work, legacy and her memories of him as a father.

Removing bias from healthcare AI tools

Rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have opened the way for the creation of a huge range of new healthcare tools, but to ensure that these tools do not exacerbate pre-existing health inequities, researchers urge the use of more representative data in their development.