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Largest Hindu temple in Europe opens new health hub whilst providing continued support for PANORAMIC and PRINCIPLE trials

Europe’s BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, with the Neasden Temple, one of the largest Hindu temples outside of India, has opened a new community health hub in west London. Following their continued support of the PANORAMIC and PRINCIPLE trials, the temple’s interactive health hub will engage visitors around health awareness and wellbeing.

Study reveals environmental impact of 57,000 multi-ingredient processed foods for first time

Health behaviours

New research, led by researchers at the universities of Oxford and Aberdeen, highlights a new way of assessing the environmental impacts of supermarket food. It finds that plant-based foods have the lowest environmental impacts and that more nutritious foods are often more sustainable.

Oxford research contributes to new guidelines on faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) in patients with signs or symptoms of suspected colorectal cancer

Cancer Health behaviours

The joint guideline from the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) and the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) provides a clear strategy for the use of FIT in the colorectal cancer diagnostic pathway.

Measured weight loss associates with an increased risk of a cancer diagnosis

Cancer Health behaviours

Weight loss is a sign of undiagnosed cancer regardless of the interval over which it occurs.

More children aged 8-17 trying to lose weight than a decade ago, including children of a healthy weight

DPhil Health behaviours

New research from Nuffield department of Primary Care Health Sciences researchers, including DPhil student Melissa Little, has found that the number of children aged 8-17 reporting weight loss attempts has increased over the last decade. The researchers also identified key characteristics linked to an increased likelihood of weight loss attempts.

Time-varying nature of clinical risk factors for pancreatic cancer may aid earlier diagnosis, finds new study

Cancer QResearch

Body mass index, blood tests, comorbidities and medication use are temporally associated with cancer risk in the three years before a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Congratulations to Oliver Van Hecke and Hettie Davies on receiving 2022 SAPC/RCGP awards

Awards & appointments Infection & acute care Patient experience

The Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) and the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) award two departmental members for their contribution: Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Dr. Oliver van Hecke, receives SAPC/RCGP award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher 2022, and undergraduate medical student, Hettie Davies, receives the SAPC Medical Student Essay Prize 2022.

New health visiting study seeks to learn lessons from pandemic

A new £265,000 study by researchers at the Universities of Stirling, Kent and Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, is seeking to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected health visiting services across the UK, with a view to improving them in the future.

Clinical Trials Day 20 May 2022 - “We couldn’t do it without you.”

Clinical trials

Clinical Trials Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on, and appreciate, recent achievements and the people who have made these achievements possible. So, this year we want to say a big thank you to everyone involved, “we couldn’t do it without you”.

The PRINCIPLE Trial - two years on

COVID-19 Clinical trials

The PRINCIPLE Trial has led the way in evaluating treatments for COVID-19 in the community over the last two years.

Self-monitoring of blood pressure does not result in the earlier detection of high blood pressure in pregnancy nor does it improve blood pressure control in those with pregnancy hypertension

Clinical trials Patient experience

Self-monitoring of blood pressure during pregnancy neither results in earlier detection of high blood pressure, nor helps with blood pressure control in those who are pregnant, suggest the results of two new papers based on research from the University of Oxford and King’s College London (funded by the National Institute of Health and Care Research).

Tribute to Godfrey Fowler

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Godfrey Fowler, our founding Head of Department at Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, passed away on 29 March aged 90.

Congratulations to FHS student, Harrison France, on receiving 1st place in IUPHAR Student Research Poster Competition 2022

Awards & appointments COVID-19 Research methods & EBM Students

Final Honours student, Harrison France, from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Science and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, has recently been awarded 1st place in the the IUPHAR (International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology) Student Research Poster Competition 2022 by the British Pharmacological Society, for his research on preventable deaths involving medicines.

Congratulations to Bakita Kasadha on receiving Young Investigator Award

Awards & appointments Patient experience

Bakita Kasadha is a qualitative researcher within the department's MS&HERG (Medical Sociology and Health Experiences Research Group), and has recently been awarded the Young Investigator Award at an International workshop on HIV and Women.

Primary care research nurses nominated for OUH Award

Awards & appointments COVID-19 Clinical trials

Congratulations to the amazing team of research nurses working in the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit who have been shortlisted as finalists in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Staff Recognition Awards 2021.

New antiviral, Paxlovid, added to PANORAMIC study

COVID-19 Infection & acute care

From today, the antiviral treatment Paxlovid has been included in the national PANORAMIC study, the UK’s fastest ever recruiting clinical trial of its kind, run by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and supported by the National Institute for Health and Care research (NIHR).

'Goldacre Recommendations' to Drive Innovation and Improve Healthcare Through Safer Use of Health Data Published

Bennett Institute Big data Policy & health systems

Professor Ben Goldacre publishes findings from an independent review to improve use of health data in NHS. Recommendations include increasing transparency and modernising software infrastructure to boost research whilst maintaining high security standards. The findings have already helped shape the Health and Social Care Data Strategy, being published later this year, which will set out a vision to make better use of data to save lives.

First-ever Evidence-Based Health Care Summer School to take place this summer

Research methods & EBM Students Teaching

Led by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, and jointly run by the Department for Continuing Education, this summer school invites EBHC students, supervisors, consumers, and leading evidence-based experts into the surroundings of Kellogg College, University of Oxford. 4-20 July. Spanning three weeks this unique experience offers: EBHC modules; non-accredited short courses; a selection of workshops and EBMLive 2022.

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