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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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COVID-19 phone apps shown to provide insights into epidemic dynamics

Publications & research news

Researchers analysing data from mobile phone apps used during the COVID-19 pandemic found that digital contact tracing provides rich insights into epidemic dynamics with unprecedented resolution and speed. Findings show how digital contact tracing can help public health bodies to better monitor and analyse evolving epidemics.

COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing recognised at engineering awards

Departmental news & awards

The Royal Academy of Engineering celebrated the University of Oxford, AstraZeneca and partners as the runners-up for the 2024 MacRobert Award. Fourteen individuals who led the programme to develop an innovative new process for manufacturing the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine were named as the finalists, including Prof. Sandy Douglas and Dr Adam Ritchie from the Jenner Institute

Peijun Zhang elected to European Molecular Biology Organization membership

Departmental news & awards

120 scientists from across Europe and beyond have been elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) membership, an honour that celebrates research excellence and outstanding achievements in the life sciences, including Dr Peijun Zhang from the Nuffield Department of Medicine.

Study details major global impact of herpes infections

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Genital herpes infections and their related complications lead to billions of dollars in health care expenditures and productivity losses globally, say researchers who calculated the first-ever global estimates of the economic costs of these conditions.

Discovery of a new cell type that mediates genetic risk of heart disease

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A new study has used state-of-the-art single cell multiomic techniques to discover a novel population of immune cells that mediate a substantial proportion of the genetic risk of heart disease. The characteristics of these cells make them potential targets for new treatments.

Lennard Lee recognised by the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology

Departmental news & awards

Dr Lennard Lee, an associate professor at the Centre of Immuno-oncology at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, was awarded the 'SciTech Superhero' award for 2024 by Sarah Munby, the Permanent Secretary in the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology at a ceremony in London last week.

Cross-species immune responses could lead to innovative treatments

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A new study published by Oxford researchers as part of an international collaboration in the Journal of Biological Chemistry has found that an important section of our immune system, that involves the molecule MR1 and MAIT cells, is evolutionarily conserved in multiple species.

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

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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

Departmental news & 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

Departmental news & 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

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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

Departmental news & awards

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Departmental news & awards News

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