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Oxford’s researchers on the frontline

Coronavirus COVID-19

We rightly hear a lot about Oxford’s vaccine, Covid-19 research and RECOVERY drug trials, but there are also countless personal stories, which display just how broad Oxford’s response to the pandemic has been. It is the contribution and commitment of many individuals that has enabled Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division to become a global leader.

Cochrane ENT awarded NIHR funding for COVID-19 project

Awards and appointments Coronavirus COVID-19 Research

Cochrane ENT at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences has been awarded funding by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to complete a suite of living systematic reviews investigating the effectiveness and safety of interventions to prevent and treat loss of smell after COVID-19 infection.

JNDS: new issue out now

Department Publication

Journal of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (JNDS) has published its next issue, featuring top case reports written by University of Oxford medical students during their clinical studies.

First peer-reviewed results of phase 3 human trials of Oxford coronavirus vaccine demonstrate efficacy

Coronavirus COVID-19 Publication Research

Today University of Oxford and AstraZeneca researchers present a pooled analysis of Phase 3 trials of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 across two different dose regimens, resulting in an average efficacy of 70.4%.

Applications for Oxford-Wolfson-Marriott-Patel Scholarship now open

Awards and appointments Department Research

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) are pleased to confirm that one scholarship will be available for Home (UK) and Republic of Ireland (ROI) candidates for the DPhil in Surgical Sciences, starting in Michaelmas Term 2021.

Oxford University breakthrough on global COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus COVID-19 Research

The University of Oxford, in collaboration with AstraZeneca plc, today announces interim trial data from its Phase III trials that show its candidate vaccine, ChAdOx1 nCoV-2019, is effective at preventing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and offers a high level of protection.

Transplant kidney survival rate improves with new method of transportation

Publication Research

New research by the Consortium for Organ Preservation in Europe (COPE) has found that a new method to transport donor kidneys, which uses a combination of cold perfusion with oxygen, can significantly improve transplant results, with less graft failure, better function and lower rejection of the kidney when compared to cold perfusion alone. For patients who need a kidney transplant this is a big step forward. The study, carried out in Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK, was published today in The Lancet.

Breast cancer study wins 2020 ONS Research Excellence Award

Awards and appointments Research

Dr Gurdeep Mannu from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford, has won the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Research Excellence Award for a study which highlighted early risk factors for breast cancer patients.

NDS appoints new professor to lead the way in the treatment of colorectal disease

Awards and appointments Department

Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) has appointed Mr Simon Buczacki as its first Richard Blackwell Pharsalia Professor of Colorectal Surgery.

Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences launches new Basics for Medical Education Course

Department Teaching

During 2020, the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) Education Team launched a new one-day course, Basics for Medical Education Course (BMEC), as an introduction to teaching and education in the workplace.

Race, science and (im)precision medicine

Publication

Congratulations to George Adigbli, a DPhil student in the Transplantation Research and Immunology Group at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, whose article on the limitations of using race in biomedicine has been published this month in Nature Medicine.

Brilliant bodies, marvellous medicine - NDS at IF Oxford

Public engagement Research

IF Oxford returns as a digital science and ideas festival with 100 online events from 1 to 31 October 2020 and the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) is delighted to be taking part.

Ambitious Oxford initiative launched to address graduate under-representation

General

Oxford University and its colleges today announced a major new scholarship scheme for Black graduate students as part of a programme to transform its graduate population by creating more funding opportunities for under-represented groups.

Government boost for digitisation and AI in pathology services

Awards and appointments Clinical Women

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is one of the NHS trusts that will benefit from a £13.5m national funding boost to further enhance cellular pathology services and provide faster and more accurate diagnosis of deadly diseases such as cancer.

QUOD enters partnership with Evotec

Clinical

Evotec SE, a drug discovery and development solutions company, today announced a partnership agreement with the University of Oxford regarding access to biospecimens from the biobank Quality in Organ Donation (QUOD), an initiative of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) at the University of Oxford in close collaboration with the National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) organisation in the UK.

Researchers obtain public feedback on use of digital tools and artificial intelligence in pathology

Public engagement

On Thursday 30 July, the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) hosted a virtual Patient and Public Information (PPI) event to seek the views of nine participants on the proposed use of digital tools and artificial intelligence in pathology.

NDS work experience goes virtual

Coronavirus COVID-19 Department Public engagement

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) during lockdown launched a brand-new virtual work experience programme for students interested in pursuing a career in science and medicine.

New academic promotions at NDS

Awards and appointments Department

We are thrilled to announce that five researchers from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) have been successfully promoted in the 2019-20 academic promotion round.

Fourth issue of JNDS published

Department Publication

Journal of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (JNDS) has published its fourth issue.

Oxford University to lead a new national programme of AI research to improve lung cancer screening

Research

UK Research and Innovation, Cancer Research UK and industry are investing more than £11 million in an Oxford-led artificial intelligence (AI) research programme to improve the diagnosis of lung cancer and other thoracic diseases.

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