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Woman of the Future award for Science

Woman of the Future award for Science

Posted 08/11/2019

Rachel Tanner, from the Jenner Institute, has been awarded the 2019 'Woman of the Future award for Science'  Prof Helen McShane says:  "Rachel is an outstanding scientist.  Her work has centred around the development, optimisation and establishment of a functional in vitro mycobacterial growth inhibition assay for TB vaccine evaluation. She has led work programmes funded by the European Commission to transfer this assay to other laboratories and in doing so has established herself as a committed, highly effective and successful scientist.   I am delighted that her trajectory and progress has been recognised by this prestigious award"

Obesity now linked to broader range of leading killers, with women and men showing different patterns of risk

Obesity now linked to broader range of leading killers, with women and men showing different patterns of risk

Posted 25/10/2019

New research from the Big Data Institute, in collaboration with the George Institute has revealed that the health implications of obesity extend much further than diabetes and heart disease, increasing the risk of death from diseases of the kidneys, lungs and liver.  The study found that obese individuals are more likely to be affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, liver diseases and lung cancer - life-threatening conditions that the World Health Organization has ranked as leading causes of death and disability.

Medical Sciences and climate breakdown: time to move beyond evidence

Medical Sciences and climate breakdown: time to move beyond evidence

Posted 10/10/2019

The effects of temperature increases are already being felt, with increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather events such as this year’s record heatwaves, droughts and forest fires. Warming beyond  1.5°C will result in considerably greater impact on human health, food security and water supply, and the biodiversity and ecosystems we co-exist with. These changes will disproportionately affect the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

Oxford Tropical Medicine awarded two RSTMH medals

Oxford Tropical Medicine awarded two RSTMH medals

Posted 19/09/2019

Two researchers from the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health were awarded medals by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the 2019 European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health. Professor David Warrell was awarded the Sir Patrick Manson Medal, and Dr Samson Kinyanjui the Chalmers Medal

Oxford ranked world’s best university for fourth year running

Oxford ranked world’s best university for fourth year running

Posted 12/09/2019

The new league table for 2020 was unveiled at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in Switzerland on 11 September 2019.  Oxford remains the only UK university to top the international rankings, which assess the quality of research, teaching and innovation at more than 1,200 institutions worldwide.  Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, said: 'We are absolutely delighted to have retained our position at the top of the Times Higher Education world university rankings for a fourth consecutive year.

New NDM Professors

New NDM Professors

Posted 13/08/2019

The Medical Sciences Divisional Panel has conferred the title of Professor on six members of NDM's academic staff.   They have all been awarded these titles in recognition of their distinction in their respective fields and contributions to the research, teaching and administration of the Department and we congratulate them on their success: Simon Leedham  - Professor of Gastroenterology  ...

New malaria parasite mutations cause alarming antimalarial drug failures in Southeast Asia

New malaria parasite mutations cause alarming antimalarial drug failures in Southeast Asia

Posted 24/07/2019

The findings of two studies, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, reveal that by 2016–2018 malaria parasites resistant to both artemisinin and its widely used partner drug piperaquine represented more than 80% of the parasites circulating in northeast Thailand and Vietnam, despite having only emerged in western Cambodia in 2008.

Vice-Chancellor’s Choice Award for Public Engagement with Research

Vice-Chancellor’s Choice Award for Public Engagement with Research

Posted 12/07/2019
The Vice-Chancellor’s Choice Award for Public Engagement with Research, which receives a prize of £1,500, has been won by Professor Phaik Yeong Cheah, from the  Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit for her work on engaging rural communities in Cambodia with malaria research, reaching 45 villages and over 30,000 adults and young people.  Such communities often record lower literacy rates compared with urban areas, so leaflets and posters are unlikely to succeed. As such, Professor Cheah and her team employed Cambodian drama, using comedy and music to tell stories, incorporating local stories and language.
New maps could show how to beat malaria

New maps could show how to beat malaria

Posted 28/06/2019
New research published in The Lancet shows where the fight to defeat malaria is succeeding and where it has stalled. Two studies present the most comprehensive picture to date of the Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum parasites, which cause the majority of the world’s malaria burden.  Corresponding author Professor Peter Gething, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of MAP, added: “Understanding the distribution of malaria is crucial for fighting the disease. We’re constantly working to pull in more data and improve modelling strategies so that we can provide the best tools available for people around the world working to eradicate malaria.”
Ross Chapman awarded 2019 Lister Prize

Ross Chapman awarded 2019 Lister Prize

Posted 19/06/2019

Congratulations to Ross Chapman who has just been awarded a 2019 Lister Prize.  These highly competitive prizes help support future leaders in biomedicine and are awarded as a lump sum of £250,000 over five years, to fund developing a research programme which will aim to further our understanding of the fundamental DNA repair mechanism which allows for genome diversification in the immune ...

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