The Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine is part of the Medical Sciences Division. It hosts one of the largest groupings of Biomedical Researchers in the University Sector, and is also responsible for a significant part of the teaching of clinical medical students with the Oxford Medical School.
Staff from the Bodleian Libraries discuss open access at Oxford University in this podcast filmed on 23rd June 2014. Eli Harriss talks about the different routes to make published work open access and the policies required by different funding bodies, Juliet Ralph talks about the help and tools available to comply with open access policies and Sarah Barkla discusses the Oxford Research Archive.
Research published by Oxford University researchers suggests that only 8.2% of human DNA is important and has a functional role. This is in contrast to earlier reports that suggested that as much as 80% of our DNA has some biochemical function. Dr Gerton Lunter from the WTCHG, a joint senior author of the study said: 'We cannot tell where every bit of the 8.2% of functional DNA is in our genomes, but our approach is largely free from assumptions or hypotheses.'
NDM researchers have found that many of the genes that affect how well a child can read at secondary school have an impact on their maths skills too. The findings published in Nature Communications this week show that around half of the genes that influenced the literacy of 12-year-olds also played a role in their mathematical abilities. The findings suggest that hundreds and possibly thousands of subtle DNA changes in genes combine to help shape a child's performance in both reading and mathematics.
Angela Brueggemann's main focus is using high-throughput genotyping and whole genome sequencing techniques and unique collections of isolates to understand pneumococcal evolution, especially evolutionary changes related to antimicrobial and vaccine selective pressures.