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Satellite images cut survey costs and help identify hard-to-reach populations

Satellite images cut survey costs and help identify hard-to-reach populations

General Research

In an article for the LSE Impact Blog, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine researcher explains how satellite images can help identify hard-to-reach populations .

First human test of robotic eye surgery a success

First human test of robotic eye surgery a success

Innovation Research

Researchers from the University of Oxford have completed the first successful trial of robot-assisted retinal surgery.

First-hand accounts of premature baby loss inspire new resource

First-hand accounts of premature baby loss inspire new resource

Research

A new, free information resource launched by Oxford-based charity to improve support for parents losing a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy.

World’s largest autism grant will transform research landscape

World’s largest autism grant will transform research landscape

Research

The largest research grant ever given for neurodevelopmental conditions has been awarded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative to an international consortium.

Oxford researcher gets £1m boost to study immunology of asthma

Oxford researcher gets £1m boost to study immunology of asthma

Research

A University of Oxford researcher has received a £1m grant to expand his research into the immunology of lung diseases, including asthma.

Safety doubts unwarranted, important anti-malarial drug DHA-PPQ is safe to use

Safety doubts unwarranted, important anti-malarial drug DHA-PPQ is safe to use

Research

One of the world’s most widely used anti-malarial drugs is safe to use, say researchers, after a thorough review and analysis of nearly 200,000 malaria patients who’d taken the drug dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHA-PPQ). There is such a low risk of sudden unexpected death from DHA-PPQ, one of the world’s most effective medicines to treat malaria, that there is no need to limit its current use.

Tackling poor quality medicines

Tackling poor quality medicines

Research

Prof Paul Newton, Head of the Medicine Quality Group at the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO), explains the need for new strategies for tackling poor quality medical products.

Could we work with our bacteria to stop infection?

Could we work with our bacteria to stop infection?

Research

As microbes have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics and antimicrobials scientists have become interested in new solutions to the growing superbug crisis, including the use of defensive microbes and faecal transplants. In new research, Oxford University scientists have developed a lab-based approach, creating positive co-dependent relationships between hosts and bacteria, quickly - termed ‘mutualisms’. These lab-developed bacterial relationships demonstrate how microbes can work with their hosts to prevent infection.

Using portable, real time DNA sequencing to fight drug-resistant TB

Using portable, real time DNA sequencing to fight drug-resistant TB

Research

Scientists from the Madagascar National TB Program, Institute Pasteur Madagascar, University of Oxford, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and Stony Brook University are collaborating to train Malagasy scientists to rapidly detect tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistance using DNA sequencing. The goal of the project is to improve diagnosis and treatment, and will provide insights on disease transmission.

Researchers develop new regimen to block transmission of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers develop new regimen to block transmission of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa

Research

Primaquine can be used to prevent the transmission of falciparum malaria from human to mosquito. Bob Taylor and colleagues at the Mahidol Oxford Research Unit (MORU) have developed an age-based regimen for single low-dose primaquine to block the transmission of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

HIV researchers create Chelsea garden to raise awareness of disease stigma

HIV researchers create Chelsea garden to raise awareness of disease stigma

Engagement Opportunities Events Research

Scientists and designers have teamed up with young people living with HIV, to create a garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show to highlight the successes and challenges still faced by young people living with HIV.

Using management thinking to fight the superbug crisis

Using management thinking to fight the superbug crisis

Research

Dr Marco J Haenssgen discusses the application of management thinking to solving the growing global problem of antimicrobial resistance.

Partial knee replacements better for many patients and cheaper for NHS

Partial knee replacements better for many patients and cheaper for NHS

Research

Researchers at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) have found that many more patients could be given a partial knee replacement instead of a total knee replacement, resulting in improvements in their quality of life and lower costs for the healthcare system.

How decisions form in the brain: a physical basis for a cognitive process

How decisions form in the brain: a physical basis for a cognitive process

Research

Gathering information before making a decision is considered a hallmark of intelligence. Researchers at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour have discovered what happens in a brain before a decision is made.

Can microbes manipulate our minds?

Can microbes manipulate our minds?

Research

Researchers at the University of Oxford have proposed an evolutionary framework to understand why microbes living in the gut affect the brain and behaviour, published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

Getting rid of malaria possible, if we try something new

Getting rid of malaria possible, if we try something new

Research

The rapid elimination of potentially untreatable P. falciparum malaria in South-East Asia is possible, according to a ground-breaking new study published in The Lancet.

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.

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