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Oxford top of the World University Rankings 2016-2017 for  clinical, pre-clinical and health

Oxford has come top in the 2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' for clinical, pre-clinical and health. The  table judges world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Oxford tops world university rankings

Oxford University has come top of the Times Higher Education world university rankings - a first for a UK university.

Oxford knocks California Institute of Technology, the top performer for the past five years, into second place.

The rankings show a mixed picture for European universities, while Asian institutions continue to rise.

The Times Higher tables rank universities worldwide on measures including teaching, research and international outlook - for example, numbers of overseas students and staff.

Bheeshma Rajagopalan

Bheeshma Rajagopalan MRCP died suddenly on 26 August 2016. The cremation service will take place on Monday 12 September 2016 at 1.30pm at the Oxford Crematorium. This will be a simple farewell in the Hindu tradition, there will be no eulogies. 

Nicholas E Dudley (Nick)

Nicholas E Dudley FRCS died peacefully at home 20 March 2016. Qualified London 1963. Oriel College, Oxford, endocrine surgeon, Oxford Medical School. A service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving will take place on Friday 29th April, 2.30 pm at Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire. Donations if desired to Motor Neurone Disease Association or International Medical Education Trust 2000 (working in Palestine) 

Professor Glyn Humphreys

Professor Humphreys who held the Watts Chair of Experimental Psychology at Oxford has died suddenly while in Hong Kong as a distinguished Visiting Professor. 

2016 New Year Honours lists

we are delighted that the following Oxford Medical Alumni were honoured:

Christopher John Kent BULSTRODE For services to Humanitarian Medicine. 

Professor Christopher Bulstrode, Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre from 1982 until his retirement in 2010, has been appointed CBE for services to humanitarian medicine. 

Professor Bulstrode, was honoured with a CBE for his work with Doctors of the World. The charity provides medical care to people affected by war, natural disasters, disease, hunger, poverty or exclusion around the world. Professor Bulstrode has worked with the organisation in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Haiti, Nepal, Palestine, Sierra Leone and Ukraine. He said: ‘Getting involved in humanitarian aid work is the dream for many of us doctors and nurses. It has been an honour to be invited to join the teams set up by Doctors of the World and to contribute what I can. Certainly helping those less well off than ourselves, especially when war or disaster has struck, feels like one of the most useful thing that we can do. I do hope this award will stand as a recognition of the work of those teams, not of an individual. Sometimes the work can be dangerous. I don’t have any solutions to that. Luckily there is usually very little time to think of the risks, and it seems to me that if a job has to be done and all possible precautions have been taken, then the sooner you get on with it and finish the job, the better.’

Professor Charles Frank Craddock For services to Medicine and Medical Research.

Professor Charles Craddock, Professor of Haemato-Oncology at the University, and a consultant haematologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), receives the CBE for services to medicine and medical research, while the University’s Director of Legal Services, Mrs Carolyn Pike, has been awarded the OBE for services to higher education and the legal profession.

Professor Craddock is Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at QEHB and heads the hospital’s Centre for Clinical Haematology. He was Transitional Director of the £24 million Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine, which opened last year.

In 2003 he-founded the blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia, which has established a network of specialist research nurses.

Keith Malcolm WILLETT - for services to the NHS.

Professor Keith Willett, Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Fellow of Wolfson College and Director for Acute Care at NHS England, has been appointed CBE for services to the NHS. An NHS consultant surgeon for 24 years, Professor Willett has a particular research interest in the care of the multiply injured patient, acetabular and pelvic fractures, fractures in the elderly, limb fracture surgery, fracture biomechanics, accident prevention and clinical outcome studies of orthopaedic trauma surgery techniques.

In 2003 he established the Oxford Trauma Research Group and founded the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research and Education, which focuses on the treatment of critically ill and injured patients. In 2009 he was appointed the first National Clinical Director for Trauma Care at the Department of Health and was charged with developing and implementing government policy across the NHS to radically improve the care of older people with fragility hip fractures and with establishing Regional Trauma Networks and Major Trauma Centres.

As Director of Acute Care for NHS England, he now has the national medical oversight of acute NHS services ranging from pre-hospital and ambulance services, emergency departments, urgent surgery, acute medicine, children’s and maternity, armed forces, and health and justice services and national major incidents. Of his honour, he said ‘I have been enormously privileged to build a career with so many dedicated individuals and friends who are our NHS.

2016 Frith Photography Prize

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2016 Frith Photography Prize competition.

This competition is open to alumni, students and staff in the Medical Sciences Division. Your submissions must be received by 14 February 2016

This year entries should be on the theme of ‘Time’. We are looking for creative and imaginative interpretations of the theme. Get snapping for your chance to win £100/£80/£50 and have your photo displayed in the Frith Exhibition in March

Download an entry form here and send your entry to us by midnight on Sunday 14th February 2016.


Frances Ashcroft Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Fellow of Trinity College, is appointed DBE for services to medical science and the public understanding of science. Her research focuses on ATP-sensitive potassium (KATP) channels and their role in insulin secretion, in both health and disease.


Irene Tracey, Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetic Science and Head of the Nu²eld Division of Anaesthetics, uses advanced neuroimaging techniques to understand how the human central nervous system processes and modulates nociceptive inputs to produce pain and analgesic experiences. She and her colleagues are also contributing to a better understanding of how the brain produces altered states of consciousness during anaesthesia.


Rory Collins, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, has created and led large studies that transformed statins from esoteric drugs for familial hypercholesterolaemia into safe, widely used generics that annually prevent millions of heart attacks and ischaemic strokes. His large placebo-controlled trials and worldwide Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ meta-analyses confirmed heart attack reduction, discovered stroke reduction and demonstrated safety and efficacy in many different types of patient.

Jeremy Farrar, Professor of Tropical Medicine and Global Health at Oxford until 1 October 2013, when he became Director of the Wellcome Trust, was also elected FRS for his outstanding contributions to our understanding of the epidemiology, pathogenesis and treatment of several globally important infectious diseases, especially those affecting South East Asia.

Other Alumni awards

Kay Davies, Dr Lee’s Professor of Anatomy and Director of the MRC Functional Genomics Unit, has been announced as the 2015 recipient of the annual William Allan Award of the American Society of Human Genetics.

Keith Channon,  currently Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine; Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital; Director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre; and Director of Research and Development, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, became Field Marshal Earl Alexander Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, on 10 November 2014. He also became a Fellow of Exeter.

Professor Channon’s research is focused on understanding mechanisms in cardiovascular diseases, particularly the importance of nitric oxide and redox signalling in endothelial function and vascular disease pathogenesis. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2009 and is currently Associate Head of the Medical Sciences Division (Clinical Research).

Dr Anne Kiltie, who works at the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, helped develop Cancer Research UK’s innovative app Reverse The Odds. In the game, players score points by spotting brightly-coloured proteins in 800 images of tumorous cell taken from 300 real bladder cancer patients. Dr Kiltie’s team compares levels of the proteins spotted by players with those patients’ survival rates to work out which treatments work best for different sorts of people. The ‘citizen science’ project saves scientists hundreds of hours doing menial work that requires little or no specialist knowledge. The app has now been downloaded more than 100,000 times – providing doctors with 3.5m individual classifications. For her help developing and promoting the app, Dr Kiltie was awarded the top prize for research engagement at Cancer Research UK’s Flame of Hope awards in June. Dr Kiltie said: ‘It was a complete surprise – I didn’t even know there was such an award.’

And finally

OMA sends many congratulations to Drs Geoffrey Venning (matric. New College 1940) and Ruth Venning (matric. St Hilda’s College 1941) who celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in 2015.

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