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Gestational Diabetes App officially launched

Gestational Diabetes App officially launched

Innovation

A smartphone application for women with gestational diabetes, developed with support from NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, has been launched commercially.

TED talk of Professor Faith Osier published

TED talk of Professor Faith Osier published

General

Professor Faith Osier's TED talk, accepted in April 2018, is now published as one of few by the TED Fellows Talks.

First genetic analysis of brain function and structure using UK Biobank imaging data yields exciting results

First genetic analysis of brain function and structure using UK Biobank imaging data yields exciting results

Research

Oxford scientists report exciting new insights into the structure and function of the brain using genetic information and detailed brain images from UK Biobank

New test successfully predicts all women who will not develop pre-eclampsia

New test successfully predicts all women who will not develop pre-eclampsia

Innovation Research

A new test that predicts with almost 100 per cent accuracy that a pregnant woman will not develop pre-eclampsia within the following seven days has been given the green light to be used as standard clinical practice in one of the UK’s biggest acute hospital trusts.

Balanced plant-based diets improve our health and the health of the planet

Balanced plant-based diets improve our health and the health of the planet

Research

Well-balanced and predominantly plant-based diets can lead to improved nutrient levels, reduce premature deaths from chronic diseases by more than 20%, and lower greenhouse gas emissions, fertilizer application, and cropland and freshwater use, globally and in most regions, a new study finds.

Feeding 10 billion people by 2050 within planetary limits may be achievable, say researchers

Feeding 10 billion people by 2050 within planetary limits may be achievable, say researchers

Research

A global shift towards healthy and more plant-based diets, halving food loss and waste, and improving farming practices and technologies are required to feed 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, a new study finds.

Largest ever diabetes genetics study uncovers mechanisms behind type 2 diabetes

Largest ever diabetes genetics study uncovers mechanisms behind type 2 diabetes

Research

A study published in the journal Nature Genetics used genetic data from nearly a million people across Europe and North America to highlight some of the key ways in which type 2 diabetes develops, and to find several genes which could be attractive targets for the creation of new therapeutic drugs.

Gene therapy breakthrough in treating rare form of blindness

Gene therapy breakthrough in treating rare form of blindness

Innovation Research

Positive results of the world’s first gene therapy trial for a genetic cause of blindness known as choroideremia have been reported in Nature Medicine.

Oxford firm launches to predict and prevent heart attacks years before they happen

Oxford firm launches to predict and prevent heart attacks years before they happen

Innovation

Caristo Diagnostics, an Oxford University spinout company, has been launched to commercialise a new coronary CT image analysis technology that can flag patients at risk of deadly heart attacks years before they occur.

Award-winning citizen science project tackling TB gets millionth classification

Award-winning citizen science project tackling TB gets millionth classification

Engagement Opportunities General

An award-winning Oxford-based international project to tackle antibiotic resistance has achieved its one millionth classification.

Medical Sciences heads to IF Oxford

Medical Sciences heads to IF Oxford

Engagement Opportunities General

Researchers from the Medical Sciences Division will be running activities on topics from genetic editing to chocolate.

Regenerative medicine spinout OxStem launches subsidiaries

Regenerative medicine spinout OxStem launches subsidiaries

Innovation

Subsidiaries of the Oxford University spinout, OxStem Immuno and OxStem Beta, will draw on research from the institution.

MRC Brain Networks Dynamics Unit hosts Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

MRC Brain Networks Dynamics Unit hosts Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

General

The Unit recently welcomed Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, for a site visit organised as part of The Royal Society’s Pairing Scheme.

Significant progress made on new NDCN research building

Significant progress made on new NDCN research building

General

'Topping out' ceremony carried out, with completion on course for next summer

DNA sequencing and patient data used to halt infection outbreak

DNA sequencing and patient data used to halt infection outbreak

Research

Clinical and research teams at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust, using infection prevention and control best practice, whole genome sequencing and electronic patient data, have halted an outbreak of a potentially deadly fungal pathogen after detecting that multi-use patient equipment was responsible.

WIMM Senior Scientist featured in BBC programme

WIMM Senior Scientist featured in BBC programme

General

Dr Kathryn Robson from the MRC Weatherall Instititute of Molecular Medicine explains how a genetic mutation leads to haemetochromatosis, where people have too much iron.

Overcoming the challenges of rural surveys in developing countries

Overcoming the challenges of rural surveys in developing countries

General Research

Field researchers, Dr Giacomo Zanello, Dr Marco Haenssgen, Ms Nutcha Charoenboon and Mr Jeffrey Lienert explain the importance of continuing to improve survey research techniques when working in rural areas of developing countries.

University of Oxford initiates research on endocrinology of human lactation

University of Oxford initiates research on endocrinology of human lactation

General

The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF) has awarded £2.9 million to the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health at the University of Oxford to establish a research centre focused on studying the endocrinology of human lactation.

Single cell analysis paves the way for better treatments for IBD

Single cell analysis paves the way for better treatments for IBD

Research

Researchers at MRC HIU examined the large intestine using sophisticated single cell technology, in work that paves the way for better treatments for IBD.

UK-led study marks shift towards genetic era in tackling TB

UK-led study marks shift towards genetic era in tackling TB

Research

In a landmark study that may herald a quicker, more tailored treatment for the millions of people around the world living with tuberculosis (TB), UK researchers have shown how our understanding of TB’s genetic code is now so detailed that we can now predict which commonly used anti-TB drugs are best for treating a patient’s infection and which are not.

Total diet replacement programmes are effective for treating obesity

Total diet replacement programmes are effective for treating obesity

Research

Replacing food with a diet of soups, shakes and bars starting at 810 calories per day alongside regular sessions with a counsellor is a safe and clinically effective way to treat obesity in primary care, finds a study from Oxford University researchers.

Oxford University launches social enterprise support

Oxford University launches social enterprise support

General

Oxford University, through its innovation arm Oxford University Innovation (OUI), is launching support for the creation of impact-driven businesses: social enterprises.

Oxford ranked world's best university for third year running

Oxford ranked world's best university for third year running

Awards and Appointments General

Oxford was today declared the world’s number one university for the third successive year in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Addictive behaviours have strong links with ancient retroviral infection

Addictive behaviours have strong links with ancient retroviral infection

Research

New research from an international team led by Oxford University and the National-Kapodistrian University of Athens shows that an ancient retrovirus - HK2 – is more frequently found in drug addicts and thus is significantly associated with addiction.

Pre-clinical success for universal flu vaccine offers hope

Pre-clinical success for universal flu vaccine offers hope

Research

Researchers from the University of Oxford have demonstrated pre-clinical success for a universal flu vaccine.

Influenza virus molecules set immune response into overdrive

Influenza virus molecules set immune response into overdrive

Research

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford have discovered a new molecule that plays a key role in the immune response that is triggered by influenza infections.

Oxford Public Engagement with Research Conference - videos launched

Oxford Public Engagement with Research Conference - videos launched

Engagement Opportunities General

New resources now available from the University's inaugural PER conference

People are predisposed to forgive

People are predisposed to forgive

Research

When assessing the moral character of others, people cling to good impressions but readily adjust their opinions about those who have behaved badly, according to new research.

Undiagnosed STIs can increase negative PMS symptoms

Undiagnosed STIs can increase negative PMS symptoms

Research

Women that have undiagnosed sexually transmitted infections may be at greater risk of experiencing negative premenstrual symptoms (PMS), according to new Oxford University research.

New Oxford Sparks animation launched: discovering life-changing dementia treatments

New Oxford Sparks animation launched: discovering life-changing dementia treatments

Engagement Opportunities General

A new Oxford Sparks animation with Hazel Hall-Roberts (Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute) explores how researchers at the University of Oxford are working to discover new treatments for Alzheimer's.

Novo Nordisk Research Centre opens in Oxford

Novo Nordisk Research Centre opens in Oxford

General Innovation

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, has attended the inauguration of the Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO).

Experimental Psychology researchers study the impact of answering questions about grief

Experimental Psychology researchers study the impact of answering questions about grief

Research

A recent study from Dr Kirsten Smith, Dr Graham Thew and Dr Belinda Graham at the department’s Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (OxCADAT) looks at how participating in online research about grief affects people who have lost a loved one.

Oxford researcher appointed chair of government’s new health technology advisory board

Oxford researcher appointed chair of government’s new health technology advisory board

Awards and Appointments General

Oxford academic Dr Ben Goldacre has been appointed chair of the UK government’s new HealthTech Advisory Board.

Showcase of Oxford’s leading role in AI healthcare revolution

Showcase of Oxford’s leading role in AI healthcare revolution

General Innovation

Oxford’s cutting-edge work in AI techniques that promise to transform healthcare has been showcased on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Evox Therapeutics secures £35.5m Series B

Evox Therapeutics secures £35.5m Series B

General Innovation

The Oxford University spinout will use the investment to further develop its exosome technology, capable of delivering drugs to previously inaccessible parts of the body.

'Molecular hopper' created, small enough to move single DNA strands

'Molecular hopper' created, small enough to move single DNA strands

Research

Researchers from the University of Oxford have constructed a "molecular hopper", capable of moving single strands of DNA through a protein nanotube.

Professor Gavin Screaton joins OUH NHS Foundation Trust Board

Professor Gavin Screaton joins OUH NHS Foundation Trust Board

Awards and Appointments General

Professor Gavin Screaton, Head of the University of Oxford's Medical Sciences Division, has been appointed as a Non-executive Director of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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