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.
This three-day meeting brings together genome scientists and technologists to discuss all aspects of genome analysis. It 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.
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.
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.'
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.