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Catherine Lovegrove wins Best Poster Prize at BAUS Endourology Meeting

Awards and appointments Women

Congratulations to Miss Catherine Lovegrove from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences on winning the Best Poster Prize at the 2022 British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) Endourology Section Annual Meeting.

Peter Friend wins British Transplantation Society Lifetime Achievement Award

Awards and appointments

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences is thrilled to announce that Professor Peter Friend has been recognised for his outstanding achievements in clinical transplantation by the British Transplantation Society (BTS).

The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The University of Oxford is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The University enjoyed a close relationship with the Queen throughout her reign and gives thanks for her 70 years of service to the nation.

ORCRB Open Doors 2022

Public engagement

On Saturday 10 September 2022 from 12.30 to 4pm, the Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB) will open to the public as part of the Oxford Open Doors scheme.

Two Oxford surgeons elected in the 2022 RCSEd Council and Trainee Elections

Awards and appointments Women

Congratulations to Miss Katie Hurst and Mr Michael Silva who were elected in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) 2022 Council and Trainee Elections.

Read the latest issue of JNDS

Department Publication

A new issue of Journal of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (JNDS) is out now.

Work experience programme a success at NDS

Department Public engagement

Students from across Oxfordshire and beyond spent a week in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) this summer being introduced to our cutting-edge research and the different career paths in science and medicine.

Genetic mapping of tumours reveals how cancers grow

Publication Research

Researchers from the University of Oxford, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Science for Life Laboratory, and the Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden, have found that individual prostate tumours contain a previously unknown range of genetic variation.

Two NDS researchers receive prestigious MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Awards and appointments Graduate studies Research

Miss Catherine Lovegrove and Dr Alexander Sagar from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) have been awarded highly competitive Clinical Research Training Fellowships by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

New Associate Professor announced

Awards and appointments Department

We are delighted to announce that Tom Cosker has been awarded the title of Associate Professor in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS).

WHO Classification of Tumours programme awarded large grant to improve classification and evidence base

Awards and appointments Research

A new project titled Mapping the Evidence for the World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Tumours: A Living Evidence Gap Map by Tumour Type (WCT EVI MAP), led by researchers of the WHO Classification of Tumours programme at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has received a grant of €3.5 million from the European Commission. This four-year project, which will be undertaken in collaboration with six other international institutions, including Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS), was launched on 1 July 2022.

Congratulations to the winners of the NDS Staff Awards 2022

Awards and appointments Department

On 16 June, the winners of the 2022 NDS Staff Awards were announced at a departmental summer BBQ at the Cherwell Boathouse in Oxford.

Oxford's largest ever study into varicose veins shows need for surgery is linked to genetics

Publication Research

Varicose veins are a very common manifestation of chronic venous disease, affecting over 30% of the population in Western countries. In America, chronic venous disease affects over 11 million men and 22 million women aged 40–80 years old. Left untreated it can escalate to multiple health complications including leg ulcers and ultimately amputations. A new international study by Oxford researchers published on 2 June 2022 in Nature Communications establishes for the first time, a critical genetic risk score to predict the likelihood of patients suffering with varicose veins to require surgery, as well as pointing the way towards potential new therapies.

New reporting guidelines developed to improve AI in healthcare settings

Publication Research

New reporting guidelines, jointly published in Nature Medicine and the BMJ by Oxford researchers, will ensure that early studies on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to treat real patients will give researchers the information needed to develop AI systems safely and effectively.

Results of the REF 2021: congratulations and thank you

Department Research

Today, the UK funding bodies have published the results of the UK’s most recent national research assessment exercise, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

Another successful year for SITU NDS

Awards and appointments

The Surgical Intervention Trials Unit in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (SITU NDS) has had another successful year, now running ten randomised controlled trials across surgical specialties and securing a total of £32 million in current peer-reviewed grants.

NDS projects awarded CRUK Oxford Cancer Development Fund

Awards and appointments Research

Two research projects at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) have been awarded pump-prime funding from this year’s CRUK Oxford Centre Development Fund.

DPhil student awarded prestigious prize by Italian medical academy

Awards and appointments Graduate studies

This year’s winner of the prestigious Giovanni Maria Lancisi Award is Dr Pierfrancesco Lapolla Losasso, DPhil candidate at Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS), presenting the research project 'Combined physiological and biochemical approach for the prediction of abdominal aortic aneurysm growth in humans' conducted through the OxAAA study.

Study finds higher risk of all-cause mortality among paediatric cancer patients in LMICs during the pandemic

Publication Research

During the first nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, paediatric cancer patients from lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs) faced a higher risk of all-cause mortality than those in high-income countries, according to an international study led by the University of Oxford.

Automated assessment of pathology image quality

Publication

The new Oxford-developed artificial intelligence tool PathProfiler automates the quality control of large retrospective pathology image datasets to increase their usability in downstream research.

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Oxford MedSci goes silver: 10 Years of Athena SWAN

The Medical Sciences Division is celebrating 10 years since its first Athena Swan bronze application, and the first year in which all 16 of its departments have achieved a silver award. The silver award recognises commitment to gender equality, understanding culture and context, and more. Read about our department’s hard work and innovation.

Lights, camera, action! My journey into video production

Dr Hannah McGivern provides a 'behind-the-scenes' account of her experience producing the video 'Journey of a QUOD Sample: Donating to Transplant Research', supported by the funds from the University of Oxford Public Engagement with Research (PER) Seed Fund.

Mentoring in practice

NDS has launched a new, interdepartmental mentoring scheme called RECOGNISE. In this podcast, Gemma Horbatowski (HR Advisor) interviews Monica Dolton (Programme Manager and Research Project Manager) about her experiences of mentor-mentee relationships.