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

Raising vaccination uptake in Viet Nam


NDM’s OUCRU and partners have been developing a training programme to enhance the capacity of local health workers in Viet Nam, who are often low-paid volunteers with little training. Communes that participated in the training programme saw up to a 42% increase in booster vaccination uptake compared to the communes that did not participate.

Study highlights evidence gap in the quality of antiretrovirals

Publications & research news

A recent study suggests that, although there is sparse evidence, substandard and falsified antiretrovirals occur and enhanced surveillance is needed.

Six NDM researchers awarded Associate Professorships

Department News

We are delighted to announce that six 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.

Two NDM researchers elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences


Professor Cecilia Lindgren from the Big Data Institute and Professor Yang Shi from the Oxford Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research have been elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

In Memoriam: Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski


We regret to announce the passing of Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski, Professor of Tropical Paediatrics at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, and a renowned researcher who dedicated his life to the research on malaria. Prof Kwiatkowski passed away in April 2023 at the age of 69.

RECOVERY trial wins Prix Galien for Best Public Sector Innovation

Awards News

The RECOVERY trial was announced as the winner in the ‘Best Public Sector Innovation’ category in the 2023 Prix Galien UK Awards. The award ceremony took place at the Natural History Museum, London last week.

COVID Moonshot recognised at SCI Sustainability & Innovation Awards

Awards News

The multi-partner COVID Moonshot consortium was a runner-up in the Innovation Enabled by Partnership category, which recognises and celebrates scientific innovation that has been enabled as a direct result of collaborative partnerships.

Exploring ‘Just Transitions’ for antimicrobial resistance


A team including NDM researchers aims to co-create equitable and sustainable solutions to manage antimicrobial resistance, using a conceptual framework developed by the International Labour Organisation to guide climate action.

Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert elected as Fellow of the Royal Society


Eight academics from the University of Oxford have been selected to join the Royal Society as Fellows, including Prof Gilbert from the Pandemic Sciences Institute. The fellows have been selected for their substantial contribution to the advancement of science.

Prof James Naismith appointed as new Head of MPLS


Professor James H Naismith will be the new Head of Oxford’s Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, taking over from Prof Sam Howison in October 2023.

T. Bertie Ansell selected as a 2023 Schmidt Science Fellow

Awards News

Eric and Wendy Schmidt have announced the members of the 2023 cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows, including T. Bertie Ansell, a researcher at NDM's Division of Structural Biology. The 32 exceptional early career scientists will receive support to develop research projects and the leadership skills necessary to harness interdisciplinary science to tackle some of the world’s most intractable problems.

Genetic signals causing ankylosing spondylitis uncovered in a new study

Publications & research news

A study by Nuffield Department of Medicine’s Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, and collaborating researchers have uncovered the genetic signals that cause ankylosing spondylitis, a type of spinal arthritis.

Current antimalarial drugs at risk due to resistance


On World Malaria Day 2023, the global fight against malaria has hit a critical point in Africa. Recent studies have confirmed that malaria parasites resistant to artemisinin have emerged in Rwanda, Uganda and the Horn of Africa.

New study reveals significant clues for targeted therapies for sepsis

Publications & research news

Researchers from NDM’s Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics and the Queen Mary University have found evidence of how the normally protective response of the immune system to infection can go wrong in sepsis, offering exciting possibilities for the development of more targeted therapies for this deadly condition.

Prof Ellie Tzima wins GlaxoSmithKline Award

Awards News

Professor Ellie Tzima is a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow and Professor of Cardiovascular Science at Nuffield Department of Medicine’s Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics. The award will be presented to her in 2024.

£12 million investment for Future Vaccines Manufacturing Hub


A new Future Vaccines Manufacturing Hub aims to make the UK the global centre for discovering and manufacturing next-generation vaccines.

R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine cleared for use in Ghana


The vaccine, developed by the Jenner Institute and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India leveraging Novavax’s adjuvant technology, has been granted full approval for use in Ghana by the country’s Food and Drugs Authority.

Rift Valley fever vaccine trial shows positive results

Publications & research news

Researchers from the Nuffield Department of Medicine’s KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and the University of Oxford have recently reported promising results from a phase 1 clinical trial of their ChAdOx1 RVF vaccine against Rift Valley fever in humans.

DJ Cuppy gifts £100,000 to support African graduate students


Florence I. 'Cuppy' Otedola, an international DJ and music producer and Oxford alumna, has announced a gift of £100,000 to the Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) to support African graduate students at the University of Oxford.

Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert receives King Faisal Prize for Medicine


Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert from the Pandemic Sciences Institute was awarded the prestigious 2023 King Faisal Prize in recognition of her work to co-create a COVID-19 vaccine that has saved an estimated six million lives.

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