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About us – vision and goals

The Oxford Academic Health Science Centre partnership will create an environment where the best research can be immediately translated, applied and evaluated for patient benefit.

  • We will harness and integrate world-class research with excellence in health education and patient care.
  • Our goals include acceleration and realisation of patient benefit from research, by enabling smooth transition through the stages of the research life cycle into clinical practice.

The four partner organisations within the Oxford AHSC have created an integrated research environment, physically and strategically embedding basic and translational research with clinical evaluation to deliver excellence in science, care and education with the potential for worldwide impact.

Since 2009, Oxford Academic Health Science Centre partners have worked to create an integrated and coordinated health research environment in Oxford, recognising that this was essential to achieve the common goal of translating excellent research into application in healthcare.

This relationship was formalised in 2014 when the Oxford AHSC was designated as an AHSC on a five-year licence. View our application to become an AHSC (pdf; 1 MB).  The AHSC is currently designated until 31 December 2019 but extension to 31 March 2020 is expected in advance of the proposed competition from 1 April 2020.  Details are expected but some information can be found here – the transcript of Hansard House of Lords Debate in July 2019.

There are five other AHSCs across the country – three in London and one each in Cambridge and Manchester.  We work closely with all and particularly with Cambridge University Health Partners as the importance of the OxBridge corridor increases.

The Oxford AHSC works in very close partnership with the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) which provides links into a wider regional health, academic and life science systems.  Professor Gary Ford, CEO of the AHSN attends AHSC Board meetings as does the current Director of the newly designated Oxford and Thames Valley ARC which has evolved from the Oxford CLAHRC.  More can be found on the ARC here.

The Oxford AHSC coordinates clinical and academic excellence within the partners, working across the individual organisations and their departments and with other key stakeholders within Oxfordshire and beyond. These stakeholders and collaborators are drawn from all branches of academia, from health and increasingly from industry and the third sector.  The Oxford AHSC also supports the recently established The Hill, the vehicle for the support of digital health innovations and technology.

The Oxford AHSC is an integrated research environment, physically and strategically embedding basic and translational research with clinical evaluation. Using this, the partnership seeks to accelerate and realise patient benefit from research and innovation, by enabling smooth transition of innovations through the stages of the research lifecycle and into clinical practice.

Collaboration and partnership are enabled and strengthened by the close location of the partners in the Headington Campus.


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