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News

The latest news, research updates and announcements from the Nuffield Department of Medicine.

For media enquiries, background information on any of our research, or to arrange interviews with relevant scientists please contact Marin Hirschfeld, NDM Head of Communications. We also have photos and videos of our work available for B-roll purposes.

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Sepsis patients could get the right treatment faster based on their genes

Publications & research news

Sepsis patients could be treated based on their immune system’s response to infection, not their symptoms. New research uncovers how different people respond to sepsis based on their genetic makeup, which could help identify who would benefit from certain treatments and lead to the development of targeted therapies.

Novel data method sheds light on hidden patterns of kidney inflammation

Publications & research news

Globally kidney disease is forecast to be the 5th leading cause of death by 2040, and in the UK more than 3 million people are living with the most severe stages of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease is often due to autoimmune damage to the filtration units of the kidney, known as the glomeruli, which can occur in lupus, a disease which disproportionally affects women and people of non-white ethnicities, groups often underrepresented in research. Treatment options are limited, can have life threatening side-effects and often don’t slow the disease, which can then progress to end stage, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Nicky Whiffin selected as a 2024 Lister Prize Fellow

Awards

Prof Whiffin is an Associate Professor and Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the Big Data Institute and Centre for Human Genetics at NDM. She is also a Research Fellow at St Anne’s College with the Centre for Personalised Medicine, and a visiting scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

NDM researchers honoured in the 2024 King's Birthday Honours List

Awards

The King's Birthday Honours 2024 Lists have been published, marking the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK, including two researchers from the Nuffield Department of Medicine who have both been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Children’s Health in Cambodia and Thailand.

Existing interventions are effective in reducing antimicrobial resistance

Publications & research news

In a new study published in The Lancet, a team of international researchers has highlighted the urgent need for action to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

Benefit of blood transfusion in Visceral Leishmaniasis patients unclear

Publications & research news

A new review summarises existing evidence gaps regarding when blood transfusions should be carried out for visceral leishmaniasis patients. The review is published in Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Symposium enables NDM early researchers to network and share research

Department

On June 7, 2024, the second annual Jenner Institute Early Researchers Symposium was held at St Anne's College, bringing together a vibrant community of over 80 DPhil Students, Research Assistants, Technicians and Apprentices from across the Nuffield Department of Medicine to network, share their research and discuss career aspirations.

Caesar Atuire appointed International Association of Bioethics President

News

Many congratulations to Dr Caesar Atuire who has been appointed President of the International Association of Bioethics.

Researchers find dramatic acceleration of SARS CoV2 viral clearance rates

Publications & research news

Running continuously since Sept 2021, the PLATCOV trial at NDM's Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit has randomised over 1700 patients presenting with COVID-19 infections. Work by PLATCOV’s Dr Phrutsamon Wongnak published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases has shown that rates of oropharyngeal viral clearance have accelerated dramatically since the trial started: A SARS CoV2 viral clearance half-life in untreated patients of around 16 hours In Sept 2021 had reduced to around 9 hours by Oct 2023. The results highlight the importance of pharmacometric platform trials like PLATCOV, so that we are prepared for the next pandemic.

Bangladesh Health Minister visits the Centre for Medicines Discovery

News

The Minister of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, the Honourable Dr Samanta Lal Sen, and the Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK, Her Excellency Ms Saida Muna Tasneem, paid a visit to the Centre for Medicines Discovery at NDM last week.

Genetic variants causing cryptic diseases identified

Publications & research news

Researchers from NDM’s Centre for Human Genetics have identified types of genetic variants that lead to a range of rare diseases but are not picked up by standard genetic testing.

Pandemic computer simulations to guide future vaccine trials

News

Researchers from the Pandemic Sciences Institute at NDM are launching a new computer simulations project to model vaccine clinical trial designs and strengthen global response to pandemic threats.

Academy of Medical Sciences elects two NDM researchers as new Fellows

Awards Department News

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected two medical scientists from the Nuffield Department of Medicine to its fellowship in 2024.

Seven NDM researchers awarded Associate Professorships

Department

We are delighted to announce that seven researchers have been awarded the Associate Professor title, in recognition of their research achievements, contribution to teaching, and contribution to the general work of the Nuffield Department of Medicine.

Improving pneumonia recovery in malnourished African children

Publications & research news

A project by the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme at NDM highlighted the importance of future trials focussing on high-risk, undernourished children and using feeds tailored to their metabolic needs.

NDM scientists elected as Royal Society Fellows

Awards Department News

Two academics from the Nuffield Department of Medicine have joined the Royal Society as Fellows.

Nanotechnology enables new version of all-in-one coronavirus vaccine

Publications & research news

CAMS Oxford Institute researchers introduced an improved version of a novel all-in-one vaccine against coronavirus threats.

New study maps the crucial factors in inflammation control

Publications & research news

A Cell Reports study from the Target Discovery Institute and CAMS Oxford Institute provides an intricate time-resolved molecular map of different phases of NLRP3 inflammasome activation and unveils ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase 1 (UCH-L1) as a modulator of NLRP3 inflammasome assembly and IL-1β production.

Interdisciplinary research provides insights into the genetics of brain asymmetry

Publications & research news

Differences between the left and right sides of the nervous system are seen in all animals, including humans. A study by researchers from University College London and NDM’s Division of Structural Biology reveals a new piece in the puzzle of how such asymmetries can arise.

Prof Yang Shi elected to the US National Academy of Sciences

News

Professor Yang Shi from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at NDM has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States.