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As the THE notes today, the university’s Medical Sciences Division is one of the largest biomedical research centres in Europe. It has one of the largest clinical trial portfolios in the UK and specialises in taking discoveries from the lab bench to the clinic. Its partnerships with local NHS trusts enable patients to benefit from close links between medical research and delivery. Additionally, through its network of clinical research units in Asia and Africa, the university’s medical researchers are leading the fight against the world’s most pressing health challenges, including the resurgence of tuberculosis, mutating influenza viruses and HIV/Aids. This builds on its already impressive historical record; medical scientists at Oxford have, among many achievements, led the development of penicillin, laid the groundwork for immunisation by discovering how antibodies and the immune system work and have also provided incontrovertible evidence for the link between smoking and cancer.
Dean of the Medical School and Head of the Medical Sciences Division, Professor Alastair Buchan, said: ‘We are delighted that once again Oxford University is ranked best in the world for medicine. It’s the third year in a row that we’ve sat on top of the table. It’s testament to the efforts of all those involved in medicine at Oxford, our researchers, our students and our staff. With such people and the truly fantastic facilities we have here, Oxford really is leading the world in advancing our understanding of humans in health and disease and training the next generation of leading scientists, researchers and clinicians.’
Furthermore, the University took joint second place, tied with Harvard University, in the overall Top 100 university rankings.