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New sleeper frameworks to help better prepare for future pandemics

Researchers from NDPCHS and the Usher institute at the University of Edinburgh have developed a set of ‘sleeper frameworks’ – strategic plans designed for rapid deployment to significantly enhance disease surveillance and response capabilities – for use during future epidemics and pandemics.

PRINCIPLE and PANORAMIC teams honoured with prestigious Prix Galien Award

Awards & appointments COVID-19 Clinical trials

The teams behind the PRINCIPLE and PANORAMIC clinical trials, run in the Clinical Trials Unit at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, have been awarded the prestigious Prix Galien Best Public Sector Innovation Award 2024 for their work in conducting innovative, large-scale clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Comprehensive review confirms mask effectiveness against respiratory infections, urges better design and policy support

COVID-19 Infection, Respiratory and Acute Care Policy & health systems

New comprehensive review provides strong evidence that masks and respirators effectively reduce the transmission of respiratory infections like COVID-19, based on analysis of over 400 studies from multiple disciplines.

World hypertension day: How we’re tackling high blood pressure from pregnancy to later life

Cardiovascular & metabolic Digital health & innovation Public engagement & involvement

For World Hypertension Day 2024, discover three of our innovative studies – SNAP2, SHIP, and OPTIMISE 2 – aiming to improve blood pressure management across the life cycle through technology and patient involvement.

Ground-breaking art exhibition, The PANORAMIC PRINCIPLE, unveiled at Celebratory Symposium

Clinical trials

The PANORAMIC PRINCIPLE art exhibition, by CTU artist-in-residence Tanya Poole, was unveiled at the PRINCIPLE-PANORAMIC Celebratory Symposium this week. The portraits interpret the human experience of conducting and participating in the trials and honour the diverse array of participants, researchers, and medical professionals whose inclusive efforts set global benchmarks and transformed lives.

New heart disease calculator could save lives by identifying high-risk patients missed by current tools

Cardiovascular & metabolic

Collaborative research, led from NDPCHS and published today in Nature Medicine, has developed a new tool called QR4 that more accurately predicts an individual's 10-year risk of cardiovascular diseases, like heart disease and stroke, particularly identifying high-risk patients that current prediction tools miss.

Celebrating innovation: the PRINCIPLE-PANORAMIC Celebratory Symposium

Clinical trials

Researchers, clinicians, supporters and PPI contributors gathered on Monday to celebrate the innovative PRINCIPLE and PANORAMIC clinical trials that evaluated potential treatments for COVID-19 during the pandemic and broke recruitment records for community-based trials in doing so. Both trials were run by the Clinical Trails Unit (CTU) in NDPCHS.

Celebrating collaboration and resilience: The PRINCIPLE PANORAMIC art exhibition

COVID-19 Clinical trials

Celebrate the resilience and collaboration behind Oxford's groundbreaking PANORAMIC and PRINCIPLE COVID-19 trials through "The PANORAMIC PRINCIPLE" exhibition. Artist Tanya Poole's powerful portraits honour the diverse array of participants, researchers, and medical professionals whose inclusive efforts set global benchmarks and transformed lives. An inspiring tribute to human determination in the face of adversity.

New study shows ivermectin lacks meaningful benefits in COVID-19 treatment

COVID-19 Clinical trials

New research led by the University of Oxford has concluded that the antiparasitic drug ivermectin does not provide clinically meaningful benefits for treating COVID-19 in a largely vaccinated population.

Oxford-led research makes BJGP Open's top ten most read research articles of 2023

Infection, Respiratory and Acute Care

A study led by NDPCHS Senior Qualitative Researcher Dr Aleksandra Borek reached number five on the BJGP Open’s top 10 most read articles of 2023 list.

Virginia Zarama awarded this year’s Gillian Nicholls Prize

Awards & appointments Students

Virginia Zarama is the recipient of this year's Kellogg College Gillian Nicholls Prize for her MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care dissertation.

New study suggests antiviral treatment course is not long enough to treat COVID-19 in at risk patients


New research published in Nature Communications suggests that the currently recommended five-day course of molnupiravir, an antiviral treatment, may not be long enough to treat COVID-19.

Sparking collaboration and dangerous ideas: Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences Research Showcase

On Tuesday 20 February, NDPCHS held our first Research Showcase. The valuable day brought together staff and students from across the department to share and discuss new research findings, seek collaboration for projects, and propose innovative ‘dangerous ideas’.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for people with blood cancer, study finds

Cancer QResearch

A new study from researchers in our department provides reassuring evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for people with blood cancers, despite their vulnerable immune systems.

Bennett Institute for Applied Data Science part of project to help evaluate the new NHS Pharmacy First service

Bennett Institute Digital health & innovation Policy & health systems

A team of scientists and experts have been awarded funding to evaluate the new National Health Service Pharmacy First service.

Oxford-led research makes BJGP's top ten most read research articles of 2023

Two articles, led or co-authored by Oxford researchers in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, made the top 10 list of most read research articles in the BJGP for 2023.

Expanding domestic violence training scheme for GPs improves identification and referral rates, study reveals

A new study from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, and the University of Bristol, shows that an adapted version of an established domestic violence training and support programme can significantly improve GPs’ ability to identify and assist patients experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

PANORAMIC trial finds molnupiravir may not be a cost-effective treatment for COVID-19 in at-risk adults

COVID-19 Clinical trials

A new evaluation from the University of Oxford’s ongoing PANORAMIC trial suggests that an antiviral treatment, called molnupiravir, used to treat COVID-19 may not be cost-effective at its current price of £513 per course, compared to usual NHS care and support, in the first six months after infection. However, it may be beneficial for patients over the age of 75.

Undergraduate Pathways event – a unique opportunity to explore career opportunities in primary healthcare

Digital health & innovation Teaching

The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences hosts its second career pathways event for undergraduate and graduate medical students.

Overhaul of training needed to support general practice staff to provide remote health care, new study shows

Health Services Research Policy & health systems

A new University of Oxford-led study in UK general practice shows that staff need more and different training to equip them for delivering remote healthcare.

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