Women's and Reproductive Health
Research in Oxford encompasses multi-disciplinary studies across the full spectrum of women’s and reproductive health.
The Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (www.obs-gyn.ox.ac.uk) is one of the largest academic and clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology departments in the UK. The department conducts basic, clinical and translational science programmes under four overarching themes: Cancer, Global Health, Maternal & Fetal Health and Reproductive Medicine & Genetics. Research programmes include genetic studies of women’s health and reproduction, the dissection of molecular, biochemical and cellular mechanisms underlying normal and aberrant reproductive tissue function, clinical studies in women’s health and pregnancy, and growth and development across the first 1000 days of life. The department includes The George Institute for Global Health (www.georgeinstitute.org), whose mission is to increase access to quality health care for millions of people worldwide - with a particular focus on vulnerable women in resource-poor settings. It also includes the Oxford Maternal & Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI) bringing together world experts to resolve priority maternal and perinatal health problems on a global scale; and the Endometriosis CaRe Centre which conducts internationally renowned basic, clinical and translational research programmes into endometriosis.
The department is located at two main sites, the Women’s Centre (John Radcliffe Hospital) and the Institute for Reproductive Sciences, but collaborative research programmes exist with a number of other departments and centres within the University (the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the departments of Engineering Science and Paediatrics, and the Big Data Institute (Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery), the UK and abroad.