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Oxford researchers have used analysis of T-cell populations to identify new therapeutic opportunities in pancreatic cancer patients.  Pancreatic cancer has one of the worst prognoses of any cancer, with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patients having an average survival rate of 7%.  T-cells (the lymphocytes that play a wide range of roles in shaping the body’s immune response […]


An exciting new partnership between Katharine House Hospice and OUH becomes reality today (Thursday 1 April) as the hospice’s clinical services transfer to be under the management of OUH.  The hospice, which is based in Adderbury in north Oxfordshire, was formed almost 30 years ago and now supports more than 900 families every year. Professor Sir […]

Link between COVID-19 infection and subsequent mental health and neurological conditions found

One in three COVID-19 survivors received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, an observational study of more than 230,000 patient health records published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal estimates. The study looked at 14 neurological and mental health disorders. Professor Paul Harrison, lead author of the study, […]

New national study of long-term impacts of debilitating lung damage from COVID-19

A new national study will investigate the long-term effects of lung inflammation and scarring from COVID-19. The study, launched with £2 million of funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), aims to develop treatment strategies and prevent disability. Many people recovering from COVID-19 suffer from long-term symptoms of lung damage, including breathlessness, coughing, fatigue and […]

Oxford Brookes ranked highly for commercialisation and research partnerships

Oxford Brookes University’s successful work in commercialising its intellectual property (IP), predominantly through IP licensing but also through spinouts, has been ranked in the top 10% of English universities in the first Knowledge Exchange Framework results published today [Wednesday 31 March] by Research England. Oxford Brookes was placed in the top 40% for its research […]

Opportunities for final goodbyes must be prioritised in COVID-19 pandemic

Bereaved relatives described the ongoing pain of being absent at the end of a loved-one’s life. Many had not seen their relative for weeks or months due to the pandemic. Opportunities must be prioritised for essential connections between families at end-of-life care. The first paper to give voice to those bereaved during the pandemic is […]


Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network and consultant stroke physician at OUH, is the new Chair of the AHSN Network, the national body bringing together England’s 15 AHSNs. Gary said: “I am delighted to be taking on this role at an important time for AHSNs and the wider NHS. […]

Seven in ten patients hospitalised with COVID-19 not fully recovered five months after discharge

A majority of survivors who left hospital following COVID-19 had not fully recovered five months after discharge and continued to experience negative impacts on their physical and mental health, as well as their ability to work, according to results released by a major national study into the longer-term effect of the COVID-19. The PHOSP-COVID study, which […]

Funding boost for pioneering eye genetics research

Medical research into eye genetics at Oxford Brookes University has received a funding pledge of £2 million from Baillie Gifford, an international investment business. The gift supports the work of Professor Nicola Ragge who has spearheaded a national eye genetics service, leading world-leading research into eye development problems in children. Specialising in cases where babies are […]