Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Over two fun packed science weekends, NDS staff and students talked about and demonstrated some of the department's exciting and cutting edge research to audiences of all ages at IF Oxford.

TRIG members George Adigbli, Sabrina Wright, Matthew Brook, Joanna Hester and Cosmo Tullar

IF Oxford is an annual science and ideas festival, taking place in locations across the city.

At the Oxford Town Hall on Sunday 14 October, researchers from the Transplantation Research Immunology Group (TRIG) took visitors of all ages on an interactive journey.

Over two fun packed science weekends, NDS staff and students talked about and demonstrated some of the department's exciting and cutting edge research to audiences of all ages at IF Oxford.© NDS

In TRIG, the scientists try to find new ways to help transplants live longer by changing the balance of the body's immune system. Their interactive demonstration 'The heroes and villains in transplantation - Can you sort them out?' showed how an upcoming clinical trial, called The TWO Study, will sort 'good' protective cells from 'bad' cells that cause transplant rejection and how this might help save lives.

IF Oxford© NDSThe activity was created by Dr Matthew Brook, a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in The TWO Study. The trial is led by TRIG and aims to assess the feasibility of reducing immunosuppression in renal transplant recipients with the use of regulatory T cells (Treg).

Dr Brook commented: 'IF Oxford was a fantastic experience for all of those who took part. Explaining our work and the science behind it to all ages of the general public took us far away from our typical audience. We had non-stop interest throughout the day and lots of questions and positive feedback from people of all ages both regarding the nature of our work and the way we presented it. Overall, I hope, a very rewarding experience for all who took part and my thanks to everyone who helped to make the day such a success.'

On the following Sunday at The Oxford Academy, members from the Oxford Transplant Centre (The COPE Consortium and QUOD) showcased the research they are doing into making more organs useful for transplant. Their cutting-edge research will help close the critical gap between supply and demand in organ transplant.

The moment we mentioned that we were working on organ transplant research, people's eyes lit up - Mr Timothy Boland, Transplant Research Project Manager

Visitors saw an organ perfusion machine, learnt about the power of new technologies in organ preservation, and were able to practice taking biopsies using fruit instead of organs whilst the team explained how taking such biopsies throughout the transplant process enables their research. 

Mr Timothy Boland, Transplant Research Project Manager at NDS, said: 'The moment we mentioned that we were working on organ transplant research, people’s eyes lit up. Several visitors had loved ones who had transplants or were on the waiting list. So not only did our visitors benefit from learning about the research, but we benefitted from the personal connection with people who will be helped by what we do.'

The outreach team

Similar stories

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

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

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

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.

Blog posts

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.