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Study finds best use of insulin as diabetes progresses

Posted 26/10/2009

A large-scale trial in diabetes patients has provided new evidence on how best to add insulin to standard drugs to control blood sugar levels as type 2 diabetes progresses. Professor Rury Holman participated in the study.

Remote-controlled flies point to what memories are made of

Posted 16/10/2009

Scientists have used light to program the memories of fruit flies. The results of the Oxford University-led study are published in the journal Cell. Dr Adam Claridge-Chang participated in the study.

Simon Fisher wins neuroscience prize

Posted 07/10/2009

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.

Oxford professor is first non-US winner of bone research award

Posted 29/09/2009

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.

Smoking and heart disease risks can cut life span by 10 years

Posted 21/09/2009

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.

Oxford professor wins new immunology award

Posted 16/09/2009

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.

Study highlights problem of sickle cell anaemia in African children

Posted 11/09/2009

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.

New centre builds on China research links

Posted 09/09/2009

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.

Genes are revealing our diversity

Posted 04/09/2009

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.

New test offers better diagnosis of asbestos cancer

Posted 26/08/2009

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.

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