About the Nuffield Department of Medicine
Welcome to the Nuffield Department of Medicine. We are a large research and teaching department with a grant portfolio of over £700m, 1,000 employees in the UK and 2,000 associated staff overseas programmes. Our aim is to translate scientific discovery into clinical impact and we are known for:
- Integrating basic science and clinical specialities
- Pioneering the use of molecular, structural biology and genetics to study human disease
- World famous major tropical medicine units in Kenya, Thailand and Vietnam, with permanent units in six other countries.
- Drug Discovery programmes, clinical biomanufacturing and clinical trials
- Big Data
- Vaccine Development
- Human Immunology and the study of pathogens
Professor Richard Cornall and Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe on receipt of his Nobel Prize, 2019
Professor Richard Cornall - Head of Department
Richard Cornall is the Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine and has been the Head of Department since July 2019. He is a nephrologist and immunologist who is interested in adaptive immunity, self-tolerance and autoimmune disease. He trained in Cambridge, Oxford, London and Stanford before returning to the University of Oxford, where he was a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow and then Professor of Immunology.
Previous Nuffield Professors of Medicine were Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe (Nobel Prize in Medicine 2019); Professor Sir John Bell, currently the Regius Professor of Medicine in Oxford; and Sir David Weatherall. The Department was established in 1937 through the generosity of William Morris, Lord Nuffield.