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News Articles: Research

Childhood abdominal pain may be linked to disordered eating in teenagers

New research shows that people who suffer from recurrent abdominal pain in childhood may be more likely to have disordered eating as teenagers. This is the first study to provide prospective evidence of an association between recurrent abdominal pain at aged 7-9 years and fasting to control weight at aged 16 years. The study, published […]

The Botnar Research Institute appoints new Director

The Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) is delighted to announce that Professor Jonathan Rees has been appointed as the new Director of the Botnar Research Institute Professor Rees will take up the role in August 2021 from Professor Andrew Carr, also the Head of Department at NDORMS, who said: “Prof Jonny Rees is an outstanding clinician […]

Preliminary data suggests mixing Covid-19 vaccine increases reactogenicity

Researchers running the University of Oxford-led Com-COV study – launched earlier this year to investigate alternating doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine – report preliminary data revealing more frequent mild to moderate reactions in mixed schedules compared to standard schedules. Research, from Com-COV study comparing mixed dosing schedules of Pfizer / Oxford-AstraZeneca […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: Link with nature PLUS how Oxford Health NHSFT is supporting everyone

Link with nature to boost your wellbeing Join our webinar to find out how Get help with our 24/7 mental health helpline so we can get link you to the best help and support for your needs Use our online self-help resources Watch our videos Nature and you UK Mental Health Awareness Week is taking […]

Eleven Oxford professors honoured by the Academy of Medical Sciences

All were selected for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of medical science through innovative research discoveries and translating scientific developments into benefits for patients and the wider society: Professor Arjen Dondorp, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health (Nuffield Department of Medicine) Professor Sarah Gilbert, Jenner Institute (Nuffield Department of Medicine) Professor Peter Horby, […]

Severe COVID in young people can mostly be explained by obesity – new study

From the start of the pandemic, it was clear that some people who were infected with the coronavirus were experiencing more severe illness, which increased their chances of being hospitalised, admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) or dying. As we age, a weaker immune system and chronic health conditions could influence the way our […]

Multi-partner ‘OpenMind’ consortium to develop technology for new generation of neurostimulation devices

Investigators at the University of Oxford, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Brown University and the Mayo Clinic have joined forces to develop open-source technology platforms for a new generation of neurostimulation devices that not only provide stimulation to the brain but also sense, record, and stream brain activity. The new ‘OpenMind’ consortium is led […]

New method for cost-effective genome-wide DNA methylation analysis

Ludwig Cancer Research team build on its TAPS method to develop an alternative to costly whole-genome sequencing for the detection of DNA methylation. Cytosine, one of the four DNA bases, can be chemically modified by the addition of a molecule known as a methyl group to form 5-methylcytosine. This “epigenetic” modification has long been known […]

Azithromycin not effective against COVID-19, trial confirms

A clinical trial by University of Oxford researchers has confirmed that the antibiotic azithromycin has no clinical benefit in people with moderate COVID-19.  The ATOMIC2 trial, which was supported by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), was established to investigate if a common antibiotic called azithromycin could prevent patients with mild-moderate COVID-19 from getting […]