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Population-scale study highlights ongoing risk of COVID-19 in some cancer patients despite vaccination

Coronavirus COVID-19 General Research

COVID-19 vaccination is effective in most cancer patients, but the level of protection against COVID-19 infection, hospitalisation and death offered by the vaccine is less than in the general population and vaccine effectiveness wanes more quickly.

New reporting guidelines developed to improve AI in healthcare settings

General Research

New reporting guidelines, jointly published in Nature Medicine and the BMJ by Oxford researchers, will ensure that early studies on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to treat real patients will give researchers the information needed to develop AI systems safely and effectively.

Major boost for Oxford’s mission to counter future pandemic threats

General Research

The Moh Family Foundation has given a substantial gift to support the work of Oxford University’s Pandemic Sciences Institute, greatly strengthening its ability to identify and counter future pandemic threats and ensure equitable access to treatments and vaccines around the world.

Three NHSBT research units launch at University of Oxford

Awards and Appointments General Research

The NIHR has awarded three new Blood and Transplant Research Units (BTRUs) to the University of Oxford.

Fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose provides stronger immunity boost than third dose, shows UK study

Coronavirus COVID-19 General Research

COVID-19 vaccines given as fourth doses in the UK offer excellent boosting immunity protection, according to the latest results from a nationwide NIHR-supported study.

COVID-19’s high blood clot risk

Coronavirus COVID-19 General Research

A recent study of patient health records found that around 1 in 100 people with COVID-19 had a venal or arterial thrombosis, with rates higher still among males, and particularly for those hospitalised.

Medical Sciences Division receives REF 2021 results

General Research

Today the UK Funding Bodies have published the outcomes of the recent national research assessment exercise, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. REF is the UK-wide assessment of research in universities, and provides an expert evaluation of the quality of the research outputs, impact and environment at subject level in each university.

Museums Heritage Award win for Meat the Future

Awards and Appointments General

At last night’s glittering Museums + Heritage Awards ceremony, LEAP and the Oxford Museum of Natural History were over the moon to win the 2022 Partnership of the Year Award for Meat the Future: A partnership to feed minds and bodies.

Cathy Creswell, David Roberts, and Matthew Costa elected Fellows of Academy of Medical Sciences

Awards and Appointments General

Cathy Creswell, Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology at the Departments of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology, David Roberts, Professor of Haematology at the Radcliffe Department of Medicine and Consultant Haematologist, and Matthew Costa, Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, have been elected Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Susan Lea and Jordan Raff elected Fellows of the Royal Society

Awards and Appointments General

Many congratulations to Susan and Jordan for this prestigious honour, recognising their contributions to structural and centrosome biology, respectively

Oxford researchers part of major UK initiative to understand chronic pain

General Research

Oxford pain researchers are playing a major role in a new multi-million pound research programme launched by a consortium of funders, including UKRI, Versus Arthritis, Eli Lilly and the Medical Research Foundation.

Professor Irene Tracey CBE FMedSci nominated as next Oxford Vice-Chancellor

Awards and Appointments General

Professor Irene Tracey, Warden of Merton College, Oxford, has been nominated as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

New Biochemistry Building renamed the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building

General

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin made key contributions to Medical Sciences and was the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Neither detection nor control of high blood pressure improved by self-monitoring during pregnancy

General Research

Self-monitoring of blood pressure during pregnancy neither results in earlier detection of high blood pressure, nor helps with blood pressure control in those who are pregnant, suggest the results of two new papers based on research from the University of Oxford and King’s College London (funded by the National Institute of Health and Care Research).

Breakthrough in treatment for Dupuytren’s disease

Clinical Trials General Research

Injection of the anti-TNF drug adalimumab into Dupuytren’s disease nodules is effective in reducing nodule hardness and nodule size.

Tribute to Godfrey Fowler

General

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Godfrey Fowler, the founding Head of Department at Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, passed away on 29 March aged 90.

CAMS Oxford Institute unveiled at virtual ceremony

General

Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) signed a cooperation agreement at a virtual unveiling ceremony of the CAMS Oxford Institute.

Oxford Clinical Medical Student tops prestigious national Ophthalmology Duke Elder Prize Examination

Awards and Appointments General

Clinical Medical student, Peter Rae (Pembroke College, Year 5), placed first in the Royal College of Ophthalmology's annual examination

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