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Jenner Institute Laboratories open

Posted 06/02/2009

New multi-million pound laboratories that research vaccines for major diseases are opening in Oxford. The Jenner Institute Laboratories at the University of Oxford house scientists looking into malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and bird flu. Professor Adrian Hill said the new £5m facility left them "well placed to tackle the challenge of developing vaccines against some of the world’s most devastating infectious diseases".

Prestigious medicine prize awarded to Professor Peter J Ratcliffe FRS

Posted 14/01/2009

Professor Sir Peter J Ratcliffe FRS, the Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford, has been awarded the 2009 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine. He shares the prize with Professor Michael N Hall of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Structural Genomics Consortium, Biochemistry and Chemistry awarded £4.1 million grant by the Wellcome Trust

Posted 18/12/2008

Recently the SGC (Structural Genomics Consortium,, Biochemistry and Chemistry have been awarded a £4.1 million grant by the Wellcome Trust for the purposes of designing 25 chemical probes for epigenetics targets over the next 4 years. The project involves a public-private partnership whereby GSK and NIH (USA) are contributing resource to this project in addition to the funding ...

Gene associated with diabetes risk suggests link with body clock

Posted 10/12/2008

A connection between the body clock and abnormalities in metabolism and diabetes has been suggested in new research by an international team involving the University of Oxford, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge. Professor Mark McCarthy took part in the study.

Two malaria treatments show promise

Posted 10/12/2008

Clinical trials of a new malaria vaccine have shown it provides both infants and young children with substantial protection against malaria. Dr Philip Bejon led this study.

90m African children still exposed to malaria despite more bed nets

Posted 18/11/2008

The use of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) to protect children from malaria has risen six-fold in the past seven years, according to research carried out by the Kenya Unit of the Centre for Tropical Medicine. Dr Abdisalan Noor and Professor Bob Snow participated in the study.

Flu deaths could be reduced thanks to cancer research

Posted 17/11/2008

Cells involved in the body’s immune response to cancer are also implicated in influenza infection and could be targeted in new flu vaccination strategies, scientists at Oxford University have discovered. Professor Vincenzo Cerundolo took part in the study.

Genetic study provides insight into language development

Posted 06/11/2008

The first gene that is associated with a common childhood language disorder, known as specific language impairment (SLI), has been identified by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford. Dr Simon Fisher let the research.

Researchers at Oxford University announce major new study on depression

Posted 22/10/2008

Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG) at the University of Oxford today announce a major new study into the genetics of major depression in a population of women in China. The five-year project is funded by a £1.4 million grant from the Wellcome Trust. One of the largest studies into depression ever carried out in China, the project is collaboration between the ...

Gene link to poor reading skills

Posted 24/10/2008

In its latest study, researchers at University of Oxford examined the link between a sequence of DNA and reading ability in a sample of 6,000 seven to nine-year old children taking part in a major long-term study known as the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Dr Silvia Paracchini took part in the study.

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