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NDS takes part in IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

Department Public engagement

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) were thrilled to part in this year's IF Oxford Science + Ideas Festival.

Clare Verrill receives Turing Fellowship

Awards and appointments Research Women

Thirty-three University of Oxford researchers have been named Turing Fellows for the 2021/22 academic year, including Associate Professor Clare Verrill from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS).

Researchers awarded Wellcome Innovator Grant to investigate role of brainstem nucleus in human consciousness

Awards and appointments Innovation Research

Researchers at Oxford University have received a prestigious Wellcome Innovator Grant for investigating the role of the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) – a brainstem nucleus – in human consciousness.

Jonathan Meakins to be inducted into Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Awards and appointments

Professor Jonathan L. Meakins, who was Head of the Nuffield Department of Surgery from 2002 to 2008, has been selected for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Discovered gene patterns can predict prostate cancer treatment response

Publication Research

Nearly 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK. Perhaps the most significant clinical challenge today is deciding which type of treatment will work best for different patient groups.

NDS Staff Awards presented at garden party

Awards and appointments Department

A number of staff from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) have been honoured at an annual awards ceremony.

New Associate Professors announced

Awards and appointments Department Women

The University of Oxford has announced the promotion to Associate Professor of two senior academics at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences.

Regent Lee wins top UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

Awards and appointments Research

Dr Regent Lee of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences is one of eight Oxford University academics who have been awarded significant financial funding from the UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships Scheme.

Peter Friend awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Organ Transplantation

Awards and appointments

In recognition of his significant contribution to the field of transplantation, Professor Peter Friend of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences has been awarded Honorary Membership of the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT).

Largest trial of carotid artery surgery and stenting finds similar long-term effects on stroke risk

Publication Research

Results from a major clinical trial demonstrate that both stenting and surgery are low-risk and similarly effective procedures for treating carotid artery disease.

Oxford high achievers ranked top three Rare Rising Stars

Awards and appointments Graduate studies

Congratulations to Elisha Ngetich and Oluwasegun (Segun) Afolaranmi from Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) who have been awarded first and second place respectively in this year’s Top 10 Rare Rising Stars.

New issue of JNDS now online

Department Publication

A new issue of the Journal of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (JNDS) has been published.

New Cochrane evidence highlights uncertainty about the interventions used to prevent and treat loss of smell after COVID-19 infection

Coronavirus COVID-19 Publication Research

Cochrane ENT at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences has published two systematic reviews investigating the effectiveness and safety of interventions to prevent and treat loss of smell following COVID-19 infection.

MSc student wins COVID-19 African Innovation Seed Fund

Awards and appointments Graduate studies

Segun Afolaranmi of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) is one of five graduate students currently studying at Oxford who has been awarded a £1,000 grant from the Vice Chancellor’s COVID-19 African Innovation Seed Fund for an entrepreneurial project aimed at addressing global challenges stemming from the pandemic.

Guiding the next generation: virtual work experience is a hit

Public engagement Teaching

After the success of last year's virtual work experience, the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) again hosted an online work experience week for students interested in pursuing a career in science and medicine.

Using artificial intelligence (AI) for safer CT imaging of blood vessels

Awards and appointments Graduate studies Innovation Research

Congratulations to Dr Regent Lee at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) who has been awarded a grant of £246,226 from Heart Research UK for his research project ‘Using artificial intelligence (AI) for safer CT imaging of blood vessels’.

Developing new ways to assess kidneys so transplants last for longer

Awards and appointments Research Women

With funding from Kidney Research UK, a team of researchers from the University of Oxford, the University of Nottingham and University College London will develop ways to assess donor kidneys and predict how well they will work after transplant.

Potential for radiotherapy and VTP multimodality therapy for prostate cancer

Clinical Publication Research

A recent collaborative study from the University of Oxford has investigated the potential benefit of a combined therapy approach to prostate cancer treatment, using radiotherapy and vascular targeted photodynamic therapy (VTP), which could lead to first-in-man early phase clinical trials.

Oxford University and partners win government funding to evaluate Paige Prostate Cancer Detection System

Awards and appointments Women

A prostate cancer detection software system to help pathologists quickly identify suspicious areas of tissue, developed by Paige, will be investigated in a multicentre clinical study led by Oxford University as part of a successful NHSx Artificial Intelligence Health and Care Award application.

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Blog posts

My virtual work experience with NDS and NDORMS

Louise Tan, a Year 12 student from Ballyclare in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, recently attended the joint NDS and NDORMS Virtual Work Experience. In this guest blog, Louise reflects on her experience.

Celebrating women of NDS

To celebrate 100 years since women were admitted as full members of the University and on the occasion of International Women's Day, a group of inspirational women in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) reflect on their journeys, their place in Medical Sciences and their vision for the next 100 years.

The life of a research nurse: supporting the Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

Research nurses in the NHS are playing a crucial role in helping to trial new coronavirus treatments and vaccines. Three NDS research nurses stepped up to help with the fight against this new disease. Here Bhumika Patel shares her experience of working on the Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Trial.

Why I became a Peer Supporter

The Peer Support Programme was developed in recognition of the essential role students play in supporting and encouraging one another on a day-to-day basis throughout their time at university. NDS’ own Helen Stark discusses her experience of becoming a Peer Supporter.

Racism under the microscope

As Black History Month gets underway in the UK, NDS Athena SWAN Coordinator Emily Hotine puts racism under the microscope.