Are you thinking of applying for a research grant - National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) or other national, competitive, peer reviewed funding? NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central (SC),will be hosting an interactive, innovative and free to attend, three-day masterclass, from 11-13 October 2017 at the Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus. Details on how to register can be found here.
The Curiosity Carnival on Friday 29 September is a chance to find out what research is really all about, meet researchers, ask questions and discover how research affects and changes all our lives. Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival 2017 will also join hundreds of other European cities in celebrating European Researchers’ Night
Recombinant protein expression in host cells such as bacterial or insect cells facilitates the production of large amounts of proteins, which can be used for crystallisation to obtain the protein structure, or in cellular assays to look at their function. Collaborations with partners such as academics, industry and patient groups aim to find compounds that can be developed into potential drugs as explained by Dr Nicola Burgess-Brown.
The amount of influenza-specific antibodies present in an individual’s blood can indicate not only if they experienced the flu, but potentially when - a finding that could improve disease monitoring in the tropics where flu season is unending, in the largest international study of its kind led by researchers from OUCRU.
The research groups of Dr Zamin Iqbal and Professor Derrick Crook, working in collaboration with teams at the OUCRU and the Foundation for Medical Research, Mumbai, aim to develop a rapid handheld TB test using the Oxford Nanopore MinION device. They have now been awarded a Longitude Prize Discovery Award. This will be used to support them trialling the technology in Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh City.
Selecting and trialling therapeutics for preventing congenital Zika disease is challenging. The target product should be low risk, acceptable to the mother, highly effective in preventing adverse fetal outcomes, and practical for widespread clinical use in resource-limited settings. Professor Peter Horby and fellow researchers discuss strategies for addressing these challenges in a recent paper.