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New Applied Research Collaborative for Oxford and Thames Valley

Oxford AHSN and Oxford AHSC welcome new applied research body July 11, 2019 The announcement today of a new national network focusing on applied health and social care research has been welcomed by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) and the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied […]

Apply now and get support from Bucks HSC Ventures

The start of a mission to push your innovation to market We are particularly keen to support innovations that are specific to the following focus areas: Best Start in Life Laying the foundations for a healthier future. This focus topic targets innovations that will enable parents and children, from pregnancy through to adolescence, to have […]

New approach to reducing damage after a heart attack

Researchers in the Medical Sciences Division have established a key cause of micro blood vessels constricting during surgery to reopen a blocked artery, and identified a potential therapeutic target to block the mechanism behind it. © Shutterstock Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in the UK and throughout the Western World. One of […]

From bugs to drugs

A new study led by Radcliffe Department of Medicine, Professor Shoumo Bhattacharya, has decoded the structure of unique proteins found in tick saliva and created new ones not found in nature, paving the way for a new generation of ‘Swiss-army knife’ anti-inflammatory drugs, with customised extensions to block different inflammatory pathways. Previous research by Professor Shoumo […]

OUH in UK first

A UK-first operation that removes both adrenal glands at the same time has been carried out at Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The operation, a bilateral simultaneous retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy (BSRA), was performed by Churchill Hospital-based endocrine surgeon consultants Radu Mihai and Shad Khan in May 2019. Such surgery to remove the adrenal glands, which […]

Lords debate on AHSCs

Colleagues at King’s Health Partners updated AHSC colleagues on the important debate in House of Lords regarding AHSCs and the response from the Government from Baroness Blackwood. The full transcript via Hansard is available here

Great performance for OUH patients and staff in NIHR-backed research

Figures released by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Local Clinical Research Network today show that there has been a significant increase in the number of people taking part in NIHR-backed research over the past year.  In 2018/19, Oxford University Hospitals recruited 32,285 participants to 534 NIHR-supported studies, up from 20,937 in 517 studies […]


The Fracture Prevention Service at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) has become the first unit in the United Kingdom to identify a bone weakening condition by using AI technology. By using a software programme produced by company Zebra Medical, our team is able to detect osteoporotic vertebral fractures from all CT scanners in our hospitals. Osteoporotic vertebral fractures […]

Clinical data project leads to potential advance in understanding of chronic hepatitis B

Researchers and clinicians in Oxford have provided fresh insights into how some people with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) can be cleared of the disease, as part of a national initiative to better use NHS patient data to tackle emerging health issues. Image courtesy of It is hoped that the research, the first study on CHB under […]

Scientists take research on new cancer therapy to local community

Cancer immunotherapy was the focus of this year’s participation in the MRC Festival of Medical Research, which took researchers from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine to shopping centres in Didcot, Reading and Oxford. Researchers from the MRC WIMM (Radcliffe Department of Medicine) visited The Orchard Shopping Centre in Didcot, The Oracle in Reading […]

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