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Gently stroking babies before medical procedures may reduce pain

Gently stroking babies before medical procedures may reduce pain

General Research

Researchers from the Department of Paediatrics have found that gently stroking a baby seems to reduce activity in the infant brain associated with painful experiences.

New Oxford Sparks animation launched: Bacteria Safari: The Forest on your Fingernail

New Oxford Sparks animation launched: Bacteria Safari: The Forest on your Fingernail

Engagement Opportunities Research

In a new Oxford Sparks animation 'Bacteria Safari: The Forest on your Fingernail', Professor Kevin Foster (Department of Biochemistry and Department of Zoology) explores how studying tiny organisms can shed light on much bigger animals and plants.

Harmful Placebos

Harmful Placebos

Blogs Research

In a guest blog, Dr Jeremy Howick from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences discusses a new review of data from 250,726 trial participants which found that 1 in 20 people who took placebos in trials dropped out because of serious adverse events (side effects).

Is morphine an effective and safe analgesic for premature babies?

Is morphine an effective and safe analgesic for premature babies?

Research

The Lancet has published the results of the Procedural Pain in Premature Infants (Poppi) study, ran by the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group, which is in the Department of Paediatrics.

Undergraduate students present at national showcase

Undergraduate students present at national showcase

General Research

Three Oxford University undergraduate medical students taking part in a research placement scheme in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences presented their work this month at a national showcase of primary care research.

Santa’s Digital Dilemmas

Santa’s Digital Dilemmas

General Research

Earlier this month, Department of Experimental Psychology’s Amy Orben talked to Santa as he comes to terms with the digital world. In Santa’s WWW (Wired Winter Wonderland), where the elves are glued to their screens, Mrs. Claus’s cooking inspires emojis and Rudolf is trolling Comet, Amy offers some useful advice.

Professor Sir David Weatherall: 1933-2018

Professor Sir David Weatherall: 1933-2018

General

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Sir David Weatherall this weekend.

New medical simulation suite at Horton General Hospital

New medical simulation suite at Horton General Hospital

General Research

The new suite is a joint venture between Oxford Simulation, Training and Research (OxSTaR), which is part of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, and the Horton Education Centre.

A History of Delusions

A History of Delusions

General

Professor Daniel Freeman, Department of Psychiatry, on a new ten-part series for BBC Radio 4

Openness Award for MRC Animal Research team at Oxford

Openness Award for MRC Animal Research team at Oxford

General Research

Researchers at the University of Oxford receive national award for public engagement work about animal research.

New vaccines centre to protect UK from pandemic threats

New vaccines centre to protect UK from pandemic threats

Innovation Research

The UK’s first dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (VMIC), announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark MP, represents a major commercial opportunity and also a new front line in the nation’s defence against global pandemic threats.

Global map of HIV reveals challenge to vaccine development

Global map of HIV reveals challenge to vaccine development

Research

A study to be published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on World AIDS Day shows the extraordinary global genetic diversity of HIV and highlights just how big the challenge is to develop a vaccine to combat the global spread of HIV.

Experimental cancer drug shows promise for Parkinson’s

Experimental cancer drug shows promise for Parkinson’s

Research

A drug originally developed for prostate cancer may have exciting potential for treating Parkinson’s.

Researchers in Westminster as part of Royal Society pairing scheme

Researchers in Westminster as part of Royal Society pairing scheme

General

Professor Deborah Gill from the Radcliffe Department of Medicine and Dr Luke Jostins-Dean from the Kennedy Institute at the University of Oxford swap a lab coat for legislation at the House of Commons for a week in Westminster.

Discover the 'Forest on your Fingernail' with new Oxford Sparks animation

Discover the 'Forest on your Fingernail' with new Oxford Sparks animation

Engagement Opportunities General

A new Oxford Sparks animation with Kevin Foster (Department of Biochemistry and Department of Zoology) explores how studying tiny organisms can shed light on much bigger animals and plants.

New report calls for cultural shift in use of patient data by NHS and health technology companies

New report calls for cultural shift in use of patient data by NHS and health technology companies

General

A radical culture change in the NHS and across the health data and medical technology community is needed to ensure the NHS can deliver the benefits of new health technologies, says a new report co-authored by a University of Oxford scientist.

£635,000 towards new Therapy Acceleration Laboratory

£635,000 towards new Therapy Acceleration Laboratory

General

Deutsche Bank employees across the UK raised this generous sum via their ‘One Day’ initiative, in collaboration with Cure Leukaemia

Over half of former intensive care patients in the UK report symptoms of psychological disorders

Over half of former intensive care patients in the UK report symptoms of psychological disorders

Research

Patients in the UK who have survived critical illnesses requiring care in an intensive care unit (ICU) frequently report symptoms of anxiety, PTSD and/or depression, according to a study published in open access journal Critical Care. Those reporting symptoms of depression after critical illness appear to be at a greater risk of death.

Top ten universities for animal research announced

Top ten universities for animal research announced

General

• Ten universities account for one third of all animal research in the UK • Largest animal users are all among the top universities in the world • All ten universities have signed up to Concordat on Openness on Animals Research in the UK

Modified virus used to kill cancer cells

Modified virus used to kill cancer cells

Research

Scientists have equipped a virus that kills carcinoma cells with a protein so it can also target and kill adjacent cells that are tricked into shielding the cancer from the immune system.

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