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Discovery of gene involved in chronic pain creates new treatment target

Oxford researchers have discovered a gene that regulates pain sensitisation by amplifying pain signals within the spinal cord, helping them to understand an important mechanism underlying chronic pain in humans and providing a new treatment target. Chronic pain is a common issue affecting millions of people worldwide, but why some people are more prone to […]

Healthcare Innovation

Oxford to receive £7 million to turn bright ideas into global opportunities

The University of Oxford has been awarded more than £7 million, the highest amount of funding given to organisations across the UK, in the latest round of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding – aimed at fuelling the best, brightest and most disruptive ideas from UK research institutions. The award follows […]

Population-scale study highlights ongoing risk of COVID-19 in some cancer patients despite vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination is effective in most cancer patients, but the level of protection against COVID-19 infection, hospitalisation and death offered by the vaccine is less than in the general population and vaccine effectiveness wanes more quickly.  A study co-led by the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Southampton and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), published […]

Research Development Award Scheme launches for NHS clinical staff

A new scheme launches this week that aims to equip and empower NHS clinical staff with the skills and confidence to participate in clinical research programmes and quality improvement initiatives. The Research Development Award Scheme from Oxford Academic Health Partners offers funding for research skills training, so NHS staff can develop and pilot improved services […]

Research Education and Training

REF 2021 recognises Oxford’s medical, health and life sciences research excellence

Oxford’s reputation as a thriving powerhouse for medical, health and life sciences research has been highlighted today with the publication of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, a UK-wide assessment of university research. The results of the REF 2021 exercise demonstrate that the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University continue to deliver research that […]


Expansion of the Oxford Joint Research Office

Expansion of the Oxford Joint Research Office Oxford’s Joint Research Office (JRO) has expanded to include teams from Oxford Health (OH) NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Brookes University (OBU), joining the clinical research support teams from the University of Oxford (OU) and Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust.  The Oxford JRO now includes both of […]


Clinical research at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic in a leaner and more focused way, with studies only resuming if they are considered likely to deliver. In March 2020, Oxford, like the rest of the country, paused all of its clinical research activities to reduce the risk […]

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Grant for research education and training awarded

A major research grant worth over £750,000 will enable The Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH) to develop research capability and capacity, and provide research education and training across the two organisations. The grant will support the development of an evidence-based workforce, establish and […]

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New study shows significant impacts of severe COVID-19 infection on pregnancy outcomes

A new analysis from Oxford Population Health has found that pregnant women that are 30 years old or more, overweight, of mixed ethnicity or have gestational diabetes have a greater risk of contracting severe COVID-19, which poses significant risks for both mother and baby. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing evidence has shown that severe COVID-19 infection […]

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