A new international prize for young neuroscientists that have shown outstanding scientific productivity and creativity has been won by Dr Simon Fisher of Oxford University.
Research on inherited disorders of bone metabolism – a group of diseases including some cancers, kidney stones and rickets – has led to Professor Rajesh V Thakker becoming the first non-American to receive the Founder’s Award from the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research.
Middle aged men who smoke, have high blood pressure and raised cholesterol levels can expect a 10–15 year shorter life expectancy from age 50 compared with men without these risk factors. Dr Robert Clarke of the Clinical Trial Service Unit at the University of Oxford led the research team.
Professor Fiona Powrie of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology is the first winner of a new €10,000 European award for leading female immunologists, in recognition of the insights her research has provided into inflammatory bowel disease.
Children in Africa with sickle cell anaemia are dying unnecessarily from bacterial infections, suggests the largest study of its kind, led by Oxford University researchers. Dr Tom Williams let this study.
A medical research collaboration between the Clinical Trial Service Unit (CTSU) at Oxford University and Fuwai Hospital in Beijing – the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences’ leading heart centre – is to be renewed and extended, aided by $2 million in funding support from Merck.
The sequencing of more and more genomes is showing not only how we differ from other animals but also how much we differ amongst ourselves, while large-scale efforts to scan the length of our DNA has pinpointed hundreds of genes linked to common diseases. To understand more about some of the implications, OxSciBlog caught up with Dr Julian Knight of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, who has just had a book published by OUP titled Human Genetic Diversity.
A new test can significantly improve diagnosis of the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma, a joint team from the University of Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine at the John Radcliffe Hospital has shown. Professor Robert Davies participated in the study.
Malaria parasites in western Cambodia have become resistant to artemisinin-based therapies, the first-line treatment for malaria, according to a study by Oxford University researchers based in Thailand and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Professor Nick White participated in the study.
A universal flu vaccine being developed at Oxford University could protect people against avian and swine flu pandemics, scientists have said. Team leader Dr Sarah Gilbert has asked for volunteers for the second clinical trials in Oxfordshire and Southampton.
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