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Just over half of British Indians would take COVID vaccine

Coronavirus COVID-19 General Research

University of Oxford researchers from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) and the Department of Psychiatry, in collaboration with The 1928 Institute, have published a major new study on the impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s largest BME population.

Investigating New Treatment for Schizophrenia

General Innovation Research

A partnership between University of Oxford, the Earlham Institute, and the global pharmaceutical companies Biogen Inc and Boehringer Ingelheim is announced today to investigate a new drug target for the treatment of schizophrenia.

Parental mental health worsens under new national COVID-19 restrictions

Coronavirus COVID-19 General Research

Parental stress, depression and anxiety have again increased since new national restrictions have been introduced, according to the latest report from the Oxford University-led COVID-19 Supporting Parents, Adolescents, and Children in Epidemics (Co-SPACE) study, based on data from over 6000 UK parents.

£100 million donation from Ineos to create new institute to fight antimicrobial resistance

Awards and Appointments General Innovation

A new state of the art institute for antimicrobial research is to open at Oxford University thanks to a £100 million donation from Ineos.

RECOVERY trial closes recruitment to convalescent plasma treatment for patients hospitalised with COVID-19

Clinical Trials Coronavirus COVID-19 General Research

The RECOVERY trial was established as a randomised clinical trial to test a range of potential treatments for COVID-19.

Ancient gene mutation found to cause rare hereditary condition

General Research

UK scientists have found that a 7,000-year-old genetic mutation is responsible for a rare form of hereditary motor neuropathy (HMN).

National consortium to study threats of new SARS-CoV-2 variants

Coronavirus COVID-19 General Research

A new national research project to study the effects of emerging mutations in SARS-CoV-2 will be launched with £2.5 million funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Retirement of Professor Peter Brown

General

This month sees the retirement of Professor Peter Brown as Director of the Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford.

Immunology preprint reviews launched in Nature Reviews Immunology

General Research

The Oxford-Mount Sinai (OxMS) Preprint Journal Club has partnered with Nature Reviews Immunology to launch a monthly Preprint Watch column.

No limit to the benefits of exercise in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease

General Research

A new study led by the University of Oxford on over 90,000 participants shows that there is no upper threshold to the benefits of exercise in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease – ‘every move counts towards better cardiovascular health.’

Accurate predictions of ovarian cancer outcome possible with new classification system

General Research

The new, Oxford-developed method for subtyping ovarian cancer has been validated in a recent collaboration between the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. Dubbed the ‘Oxford Classic’, researchers have demonstrated that it enables the accurate prediction of patient disease outcome, as well as the development of new targeted cancer therapies.

Accidental awareness in obstetric surgery under general anaesthesia more frequent than expected

General Research

The largest ever study of awareness during obstetric general anaesthesia shows around 1 in 250 women may be affected, and some may experience long-term psychological harm.

Thomas Willis (1621 - 1675) 400th Birthday

General

On 27 January 2021 we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of the greatest neuroanatomist of all time, Thomas Willis.

Oxford study confirms medium-term impact of COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19 General Research

A study looking at the longer-term impact of COVID-19 has found that a significant proportion of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital reported symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue and depression and had limited exercise capacity several weeks after leaving hospital.

Earliest origins of the forming heart identified

General Research

The earliest known progenitor of the outermost layer of the heart has been characterised for the first time and linked to the development of other critical cell types in the developing heart in a new paper from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics.

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