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New multidisciplinary project will help forecast where and when deadly disease outbreaks are likely to occur

DART (Dengue Advanced Readiness Tools), a new project led by Oxford University, has received funding from Wellcome to use climate data to better predict and prepare for infectious diseases outbreaks.

Oxford spinout trials revolutionary bioelectronic implant to treat incontinence

The first participants in a clinical trial of a bioelectrical therapy to treat incontinence have received their “smart” bioelectronic implants.

Three or more concussions linked with worse brain function in later life

Experiencing three or more concussions is linked with worsened brain function in later life, according to new research.

COVID-19 is a leading cause of death in children and young people in the US

A new study led by researchers at the University of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science has found that, between 2021 and 2022, COVID-19 was a leading cause of death in children and young people in the United States, ranking eighth overall. The results demonstrate that pharmaceutical and public health interventions should continue to be applied to limit the spread of the coronavirus and protect again severe disease in this age group.

New blood test could save lives of heart attack victims

Researchers from the Herring group in Oxford's Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics have developed a blood test that measures stress hormone levels after heart attacks. The test – costing just £10 – could ensure patients receive timely life-saving treatment.

COVID-19 increased public trust in science, new survey shows

A survey of over 2000 British adults has found that public trust in science, particularly genetics, increased significantly during the pandemic. However, those with extremely negative attitudes towards science tend to have high self-belief in their own understanding despite low textbook knowledge.

Major funding for Oxford will help find new cancer treatments

Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health and Care Research are investing over £3 million across the next five years into The University of Oxford’s Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC). The investment will enable Oxford to expand its portfolio of precision prevention and early detection cancer trials.

Gero Miesenböck awarded 2023 Japan Prize

Professor Gero Miesenböck, The Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics' (DPAG) Waynflete Professor of Physiology and Director of the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, is one of two scientists to be awarded the 2023 Japan Prize "for their development of methods that use genetically addressable light-sensitive membrane proteins to unravel neural circuit function."

Oxford to lead international consortium to unlock potential of programmable nucleic acid drugs

A consortium led by Matthew Wood, Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Paediatrics and Director of the Oxford-Harrington Rare Disease Centre, has been awarded £8m of funding from UKRI, LifeArc and the Nucleic Acid Therapy Accelerator (NATA) via the Nucleic Acid Therapies (NAT) Delivery Research Challenge.

Vaccination shown to protect against pregnancy complications from COVID-19 Omicron variant

The global network led by the Oxford Maternal and Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI) at the University of Oxford has today published, in The Lancet, the results of the ‘2022 INTERCOVID Study’ conducted in 41 hospitals across 18 countries.

Role of lymphatic system in bone healing revealed

It was previously assumed that bones lacked lymphatic vessels, but new research from the MRC Human Immunology Unit at Oxford's MRC Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine not only locates them within bone tissue, but demonstrates their role in bone and blood cell regeneration and reveals changes associated with aging.

Molnupiravir doesn't reduce COVID-19 hospitalisations in high-risk vaccinated people

Researchers from the University of Oxford released findings from a clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of the antiviral treatment molnupiravir against COVID-19 – the first treatment tested in the ongoing PANORAMIC trial. In their paper published in The Lancet, they reported that molnupiravir did not reduce hospitalisations or deaths among higher risk, vaccinated adults with COVID-19 in the community.

New Year Honours 2023

The New Year Honours 2023 Lists have been published, marking the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK, including members of the University of Oxford.

‘Made in Oxford’ Vice-Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey sets out vision

Professor Irene Tracey CBE, FMedSci. has set out her vision for Oxford’s future as she is formally admitted as the University’s 273rd Vice-Chancellor, expressing her ambition ‘to be an advocate for Oxford like no other.’

New Vice-Chancellor ready to 'fire and wire' University with Oxford and world

Below is a transcript of an address from the 273rd Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Irene Tracey CBE, FMedSci., at her Admission Ceremony on Tuesday 10 January, 2023.

Significant scale-up investment for three Oxford spinouts

Three University of Oxford spinouts have raised significant investment to scale their companies in vehicle automation, quantum computing and medical imaging respectively.

Chancellor welcomes new VC of Oxford Irene Tracey

Below is a transcript of an address from the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten of Barnes, at the Admission Ceremony of the University's 273rd Vice-Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey CBE, FMedSci. on Tuesday 10 January, 2023.

Nearly 1 in 10 young people experience physical pain and suicidality

Nearly one in 10 young people are experiencing both persistent physical pain and suicidal feelings, according to a new paper from researchers from the University of Oxford, Cambridge, Oslo (Norway), King’s College London, and the Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Deu (Spain).

Oxford offers new scholarships to care-experienced graduates

The Academic Futures programme, which aims to address under-representation and help improve equality, diversity and inclusion in Oxford’s graduate student body through scholarships, is expanding.

Oxford Ebola vaccine manufactured and shipped in record time by SII

More than 40,000 doses of Oxford’s Ebola vaccine have been manufactured by SII (Serum Institute of India) in just 60 days and doses shipped to Uganda.

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