The European Melioidosis Congress, which is to be based at Lady Margaret Hall College, will open on the evening of Monday 19th March 2018 and end after lunch on Wednesday 21st March. The Congress will bring together clinicians and researchers to discuss the latest developments in the microbiology, diagnosis and treatment of the pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei. There will also be opportunities for researchers to present their work through posters or presentations.
The inaugural MQPH 2018 Conference will take place at Keble College, Oxford from 23 – 28 September 2018, and will bring together people from a diversity of sectors. Registration opens February 2018 but you can pre-register your interest here.
Membrane proteins are the gateways to the cell: many nutrients, ions, waste products, and even DNA and proteins enter and leave cells via proteins which are tightly controlled, maintaining the integrity of the cell. Drugs often target membrane proteins; therefore, understanding their molecular structure helps us design better drugs to cure diseases as explained by Professor Liz Carpenter who is part of the Integral Membrane Protein group at the Structural Genomics Consortium.
The fast pace of disease outbreaks and the regular emergence of new drug-resistant strains makes the development of vaccines increasingly important. Helen McShane, Professor of Vaccinology at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, explains the role of international research collaborations in the global fight against infectious diseases.
The Vice-Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Liu Yandong, has visited Oxford to witness the signing of several research agreements between Oxford University and Chinese partners. Before the signing, Madame Liu delivered a speech at the Sheldonian Theatre emphasising the deepening of people-to-people exchange between China and the UK. The research agreements signed were between the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China Scholarship Council, the University of Oxford on behalf of its Medical Sciences Division (MSD) and the Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM).
Zika virus RNA is frequently detected in the semen after Zika virus infection. To learn more about persistence of viruses in genital fluids, Dr Alex Salam and Professor Peter Horby searched PubMed and found evidence that 27 viruses can be found in human semen. This may have implications for the risk of sexual transmission, embryonic infection, congenital disease, miscarriage, and infection transmission models.