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.
IT Services is pleased to announce the 2014 OxTALENT competition 'Celebrate the Digital'. As in previous years, we will be recognising and rewarding the innovative use of digital technologies to support teaching, learning, research, or to promote public engagement and outreach. Closing date for entries Friday 16th May, awards ceremony on Weds 18th June. For further information and an entry form, please visit the OxTALENT competition website.
The last week of April each year is Immunization Week. Whilst many diseases can be prevented by vaccination, there is currently no licensed vaccine for malaria – a disease that affects many millions of people each year with a high mortality rate. NDM spoke to Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute and a leader in malaria vaccine development, about his aspirations to develop a highly effective licensed vaccine that could eventually help eradicate malaria.
World health day is celebrated each year on 7th April and marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation. The theme for 2014 is ‘vector-born diseases’. The Nuffield Department of Medicine spoke to Professor Nick Day, Director of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) about his research on scrub typhus, a vector-borne disease that is common in the Asia Pacific region.
The Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit (COMRU) was established in 2007 as a collaboration between the Angkor Hospital for Children and MORU. COMRU prospectively defines the causes of febrile illness and establishes susceptibility patterns of common culturable bacterial pathogens. This data also allows researchers to identify causes of sepsis and sepsis-related death, improving diagnosis, treatment and management of paediatric infections in Cambodia.
The course is a one-day offering, and covers impact statements and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders such as funders, policymakers and the general public. It will be useful for early career as well as more established researchers looking to add to their skills in research communication.