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.
A programme led by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science, Malaria Atlas Project and the NDM Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit (EOCRU) in Jakarta, has recently won the Google Impact Challenge 2014.
EOCRU is a subunit of the Wellcome-Oxford Major Overseas Programme based in Viet Nam, which is part of NDM Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health. The prize is £500K to develop the project which will, over the next three years, create a smartphone app and a range of wearable acoustic detectors to detect the sound of mosquitoes. The group will then equip villagers in rural Indonesia with the novel technology.
Following the success of the last four years’ UK Genome Science meetings, the newly-named 'Genome Science: Biology, Technology & Bioinformatics 2014 meeting' will bring together genome scientists and technologists to discuss all aspects of genome analysis. This three-day event covers a broad range of topics including recent technological developments, the technical challenges faced by those who generate genomic data, and the challenges faced by biologists and bioinformaticians tasked with unravelling the biological meaning behind these huge datasets.
Studies published by Oxford University researchers report promising results in developing new drugs and vaccines against malaria. Researchers based in Thailand have reported the spread of parasites resistant to our best anti-malarial drug, artemisinin. Meanwhile, scientists in another overseas research programmes in Kenya have identified a number of new malaria vaccine candidates.
The Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) led by Professor Nicholas White, has published results in the New England Journal of Medicine, showing that drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to critical border regions of Southeast Asia.
Hepatitis is a viral infection that causes acute and chronic disease, and sometimes death. World hepatitis day takes place each year on 28th July and the aim of this year’s World Health Organization’s campaign is to raise awareness of viral hepatitis. NDM spoke to Paul Klenerman, Professor of Immunology in Experimental Medicine, about his research on Hepatitis C and the advances that are being made in treatment approaches.
Dr Mads Gyrd-Hansen aims to elucidate fundamental mechanisms governing pro-inflammatory signalling during innate immune responses, and through this, to better understand how aberrant inflammatory signalling contributes to tumour development and cancer progression.
Dr Sarah DeVal is a Principal Investigator and Group Head with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
“Maternity leave at the University is great and I think six months is just the right amount of time. I also really like the ‘keep in touch’ scheme, which allowed me to attend and claim expenses on three conferences while I was on leave. Attending conferences is really important for career progression, so this scheme really helped me to feel connected.”