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National Academy of Medicine elects Nick White as international member

National Academy of Medicine elects Nick White as international member

Posted 17/10/2017

Congratulations to Professor Sir Nicholas White who has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. The National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, science and medicine.

New collaboration to tackle superbugs

New collaboration to tackle superbugs

Posted 16/10/2017

A new Oxford University collaboration between the BDI and the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health will support understanding and action around one of the world’s biggest health threats, drug-resistant infections.

115 years of malaria in Africa

115 years of malaria in Africa

Posted 11/10/2017

Despite unprecedented decline since 2000, progress has stalled. A paper published in Nature today describes 115 years of malaria data collected in Africa by Professor Bob Snow. This article gives the most detailed picture yet of where efforts to control malaria infection are being won and lost across the continent.

Oxford and the mosquito

Oxford and the mosquito

Posted 09/10/2017

The world’s number-one treatment for malaria is on the brink of failure because of a new strain of drug-resistant parasites — unless health policymakers take action. Professor Sir Nicholas White says that the mosquito-borne parasite responsible for severe malaria is now showing resistance to the prime treatment, Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT), across South-East Asia. If this resistance jumps to Africa, he warns, the tragedy will be on a massive scale.

World-first trial for universal flu vaccine

World-first trial for universal flu vaccine

Posted 04/10/2017

The world’s first widespread human testing of a flu vaccine which researchers hope will protect more over 65-year-olds against influenza has begun in the NHS.  Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology, said: 'Every year, flu in older adults causes serious illness and sometimes death.We want to improve the situation, but in order to do that we need volunteers to help us test a new vaccine. For further information on the trial please visit the flu vaccine study trial homepage.

New typhoid vaccine offers hope of protection for children

New typhoid vaccine offers hope of protection for children

Posted 04/10/2017

A new typhoid vaccine for both adults and children has been proven by Oxford researchers, including Prof Brian Angus, to be safe and effective in preventing the disease.  A study published in The Lancet is the first clinical trial to show that immunisation with a new typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) is safe, well tolerated and will have significant impact on disease incidence in typhoid-endemic areas that introduce the vaccine.

Prof Emily Chan wins the 2017 UGC Teaching Award

Prof Emily Chan wins the 2017 UGC Teaching Award

Posted 28/09/2017

In recognition of the excellent leadership and promotion by Prof. Emily Ying Yang Chan, Director of CCOUC, in the teaching, learning and research of disaster and medical humanitarian response, the University Grants Committee (UGC) of Hong Kong has awarded her the 2017 UGC Teaching Award.  Emily Chan has over a decade-long experience in humanitarian intervention in the world before joining the ...

The Medical Research Foundation to fund first national PhD Training Programme to tackle antimicrobial resistance

The Medical Research Foundation to fund first national PhD Training Programme to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Posted 28/09/2017

The Medical Research Foundation, the Charity of the MRC, is investing £2.85m to create a PhD programme that will train new scientists to explore ways to tackle antimicrobial resistance, one of the greatest emerging threats to human health. Profs Derrick Crook, Sarah Walker and Dr Nicole Stoesser are part of the Programme Leadership Team, they and Oxford will be an important part in the delivery and success of this programme.  

Superbug’s spread to Vietnam threatens malaria control

Superbug’s spread to Vietnam threatens malaria control

Posted 21/09/2017

A highly drug resistant malaria "superbug" from western Cambodia is now present in southern Vietnam, leading to alarming failure rates for dihydroartemisinin (DHA)-piperaquine — Vietnam’s national first-line malaria treatment, leading malaria scientists warn. The spread of this dominant artemisinin drug resistant t P falciparum C580Y mutant malaria parasite lineage across the entire Mekong Sub-region is a serious threat to malaria control and eradication efforts, the scientists say in a letter published today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

New NDM Professors

New NDM Professors

Posted 14/09/2017

The Medical Sciences Divisional Panel has conferred the title of Professor on seven members of NDM's academic staff, Associate Professor on nine members of NDM's academic staff and awarded Dr Louise Thwaites the title of University Research Lecturer. They have all been awarded these titles in recognition of their distinction in their respective fields and contributions to the research, teaching ...

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