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Global health needs demand new approach to drug discovery

Global health needs demand new approach to drug discovery

Posted 14/12/2017
Professor Chas Bountra, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Affordable Medicines and Chief Scientist at the Structural Genomics Consortium, explains why a new approach to drug discovery and development is needed to address the urgent need for new drugs.  In a new study, ‘A New Pharmaceutical Commons: Transforming Drug Discovery’,  with colleagues, Dr Wen Hwa Lee, and Dr Javier Lezaun, call for ‘open science’ approaches to drug discovery and offer ways forward that would transform how the medical challenges of this century could be addressed more efficiently.
Nepali pilgrims to Gosaikunda video

Nepali pilgrims to Gosaikunda video

Posted 13/12/2017

Every year thousands of pilgrims visit religious sites in the mountains of Nepal, many of them unaware of the dangers of climbing to high altitudes. The Himalayan Rescue Association, OUCRU Public Engagement, Dr Buddha Basnyat and Media for Development worked together with the pilgrim community to create a public health film to inform others of the challenges of these journeys.

Building international partnerships to tackle disease

Building international partnerships to tackle disease

Posted 12/12/2017

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.

China Vice Premier in Oxford for signing of research collaboration

China Vice Premier in Oxford for signing of research collaboration

Posted 12/12/2017

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).

Largest genetic study of mosquitoes reveals spread of insecticide resistance across Africa

Largest genetic study of mosquitoes reveals spread of insecticide resistance across Africa

Posted 30/11/2017

The largest ever genetic study of mosquitoes reveals the movement of insecticide resistance between different regions of Africa and finds several rapidly evolving insecticide resistance genes. Reported today (29 November) in Nature, this genetic resource will be used to develop new tools for monitoring resistance and managing insecticide use, and for designing novel control methods.

Researchers attack Mekong malaria superbug on multiple fronts

Researchers attack Mekong malaria superbug on multiple fronts

Posted 22/11/2017

Professor Arjen Dondorp and colleagues are inching their way across the fringes of five Southeast Asian countries to test a triple combination therapy of antimalarial drugs. Results from the trial, being conducted in rural corners of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, are due by mid-2018. This trial is also mentioned in the New York Times.

Kevin Marsh Wins 2017 Drexel Prize in Infectious Disease

Kevin Marsh Wins 2017 Drexel Prize in Infectious Disease

Posted 10/11/2017
Kevin Marsh, Director of the Africa Oxford Initiative, Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, and Senior Advisor at the African Academy of Sciences has been selected to receive a Drexel Prize for scientific excellence. Prof Marsh, together with 6 other prize winners will receive their awards and give talks during the 2017 International Symposium on Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease in Philadelphia, USA.
Prof Simon Leedham wins CRUK Prize

Prof Simon Leedham wins CRUK Prize

Posted 09/11/2017
Simon Leedham has been one of this year's recepients of Cancer Research UK's "Future Leaders" prizes. The CRUK prizes recognise the achievements of the rising stars in cancer research, and celebrate the researchers who have shown outstanding dedication to beating cancer.
Oxford-Mahidol collaboration shortlisted for Newton Prize

Oxford-Mahidol collaboration shortlisted for Newton Prize

Posted 03/11/2017

A collaboration between the University of Oxford and Thailand’s Mahidol University has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Newton Prize for its project aiming to understand the early stages of scrub typhus in Thailand.  The Newton Prize is an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that supports the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. Professor Nick Day is in with the chance of winning up to £200,000 from the Prize to be used to advance or develop the work further.

BioBeat unveils 2017’s 50 Movers and Shakers

BioBeat unveils 2017’s 50 Movers and Shakers

Posted 02/11/2017
CAMBRIDGE, UK – 2 NOVEMBER 2017 – A new report is being released today that unveils 50 female leaders in healthcare business in the UK, which includes Oxford's Professor Sumi Biswas.  Produced by BioBeat, 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2017 emphasises how diversity of thinking is critical to the success of the sector in the UK, which also celebrates how women are driving innovation in healthcare.

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