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Scientists identify genetic catalysts that speed up evolution of antibiotic resistance

Scientists identify genetic catalysts that speed up evolution of antibiotic resistance

Research

Researchers at Oxford University have shown that it is possible to identify genetic catalysts that accelerate the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria – and that this knowledge could be used to design treatments to stifle the development of resistance.

DPAG research groups discover possible treatment for asthma

DPAG research groups discover possible treatment for asthma

Research

New paper explores a radical new approach to combating asthma.

A dose of empathy may support patients in pain

A dose of empathy may support patients in pain

Research

Research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that empathic, positive messages from doctors may be of small benefit to patients suffering from pain, and improve their satisfaction about the care received.

Body temperature liver storage technique improves transplant success

Body temperature liver storage technique improves transplant success

Innovation Research

Preserving livers at body temperature has been shown to improve transplant success and to increase the number of viable donor livers available for transplant, which could lead to shorter waiting lists for patients and lower mortality rates.

Online tool allows patients with ulcerative colitis to manage condition

Online tool allows patients with ulcerative colitis to manage condition

General Research

An online tool that allows people with a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to manage their own condition and reduce hospital visits is being rolled out to more patients in Oxford.

Professor Michael Gelder (1929 - 2018)

Professor Michael Gelder (1929 - 2018)

General

A tribute to the founder of the University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry.

Over 3,200 Oxfordshire residents take part in kidney disease study

Over 3,200 Oxfordshire residents take part in kidney disease study

Clinical Trials Research

NewKI, one of UK’s largest observational studies of incident chronic kidney disease (CKD) in general practice, gets underway this month, involving 3,205 Oxfordshire residents and led by Oxford University researchers.

Oxford to benefit from government funding for research commercialisation

Oxford to benefit from government funding for research commercialisation

Innovation Research

Oxford is to take part in three new government-funded projects designed to help universities collaborate with each other, and with external organisations, to boost research commercialisation.

Paracetamol protects kidney in severe malaria patients, study finds

Paracetamol protects kidney in severe malaria patients, study finds

Research

Giving paracetamol (acetaminophen) to patients ill with severe malaria made them less likely to develop potentially fatal kidney failure, say researchers in a recent study in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Weight loss is an important predictor of cancer

Weight loss is an important predictor of cancer

Research

Unintended weight loss is the second highest risk factor for some forms of cancer, concludes the first robust research analysis to examine the association, led by primary care researchers.

Female body shape gene may increase risk of type 2 diabetes

Female body shape gene may increase risk of type 2 diabetes

Research

Scientists at the University of Oxford have identified a gene that in women is linked to the creation and location of new fat cells and in turn contributes to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Professor Irene Tracey appointed to new MRC Council

Professor Irene Tracey appointed to new MRC Council

Awards and Appointments General

Head of Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences confirmed as a member of new MRC council

£1.1m for seven research projects to improve pancreatic cancer survival

£1.1m for seven research projects to improve pancreatic cancer survival

Awards and Appointments General

Seven cutting edge research projects, including a project led by Professor Peter Friend from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, have been awarded grants totalling £1.1 million by the UK medical research charity, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF). The grants bring the charity’s total research support to £10 million.

Household air pollution linked to cardiovascular disease risk

Household air pollution linked to cardiovascular disease risk

Research

Exposure to household air pollution from using wood or coal for cooking and heating is associated with higher risk of death from heart attack and stroke, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Oxford-Cambridge Student Conferences

Oxford-Cambridge Student Conferences

General

Academics and course directors offer an insight into Oxford Medical Sciences undergraduate courses

Oxford achieves HR Excellence in Research

Oxford achieves HR Excellence in Research

Awards and Appointments General

Oxford announces its re-accreditation as an HR Excellence in Research (HREIR) award holder.

Decider or ditherer? How we make decisions

Decider or ditherer? How we make decisions

Research

Professors Peter Brown and Rafal Bogacz in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences describe their research team’s discovery that a certain ‘hold your horses’ function in decision-making occurs in an extremely brief window of time, and involves bursts of a specific type of activity in a brain centre known as the subthalamic nucleus.

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