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Podcast: Meet our Researchers

Medical research must ultimately translate into improved treatments for patients. Researchers at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, collaborate to develop better care and improved preventive measures. Findings in the laboratory are translated into changes in clinical practice, from Bench to Bedside. We have produced podcasts since 2010; some of our Researchers now work for other Departments or Universities. You can watch the interviews we filmed while our ex-faculty members were working for the Nuffield Department of Medicine. Many of our researchers currently receive, or have received, critical research funding from the Wellcome Trust (WT) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). This year NDM joins the MRC in celebrating 100 years of scientific research in the United Kingdom, and abroad.

Researchers

Malaria is an endemic disease in much of the world, and is a major contributor to child and infant mortality in many countries. Our malaria podcasts describe efforts by NDM clinicians and scientists, in Oxford and around the world, to treat and prevent malaria, including vaccine development, parasitology, and improved treatment for severe malaria, with the aim to lessen the disease burden on some of the world's most vulnerable people.

Translational research in NDM has a truly worldwide impact, with scientists and clinicians investigating epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of disease on a global scale. Our podcasts on Global Health illuminate this work, and discuss research conducted in Oxford and around the world to better understand and manage emerging and endemic diseases.

Cancer is studied from several angles at NDM, from its epidemiology and potential causes, to its effect on patient lives and outcomes, as well as the basic science underpinning the unregulated cell growth that is the hallmark of the disease. Our Cancer podcasts illustrate the diversity of this research, and provide snapshots to the work of NDM scientists and clinicians to understand, treat and prevent cancer.

Translational and Clinical Medicine is the ongoing effort to bring basic science from the bench to the patient, as well as to elucidate safety and effectiveness of the medicines on which we depend. The NDM podcasts on translational and clinical medicine detail our work in this wide-ranging field, from the identification and design of new medicines to clinical trials and trial design and regulation.

Vaccines save millions of lives each year; however, some of the world's worst diseases are still difficult to prevent. Our series of podcasts on Epidemics and Vaccines detail the research within NDM to combat diseases such as hepatitis, influenza and tuberculosis, through development of novel vaccines and vaccine delivery mechanisms and strategies. Developing countries and vulnerable populations are a particular focus of some of this work.

We are all products of our genes, and Genetics is a major focus of NDM research. Our podcasts on genetics look at a variety of projects, including the study of some common and less-common inherited afflictions, as well as the effects our genes can have on disease susceptibility and the efficacy of treatment. Moreover, NDM researchers lead in studying the genetic variation within and between human populations, to understand the similarities and differences between us all.

HIV is one of the worst epidemics in human history, and has had a devastating impact on populations worldwide. Our HIV podcasts describe the leading efforts by NDM researchers to develop new treatments and possible vaccines for HIV, as well as to understand and prevent its transmission, to help reduce the global HIV disease burden and improve outcomes for patients worldwide.

Autoimmune diseases, where the body's defence systems turn on itself, are chronic and can be devastating to people's lives. Our podcasts on autoimmune conditions detail research in NDM on some of these conditions, including MS, spondyloarthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as the biological mechanisms underpinning autoimmunity itself.

These podcasts present the work done at the Nuffield Department of Medicine by ex-faculty members.