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COVID-19 vaccine protects people of all body weights from hospitalisation and death, a study of 9 million adults in England finds

COVID-19 Health behaviours QResearch

Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are effective against severe disease for people who are underweight, overweight, or who have obesity, finds new research published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, led by researchers at the University of Oxford.

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.

World No Tobacco Day 2022, 'Protect the environment'

Research methods & EBM

Today, Tuesday 31 May, is World No Tobacco Day – an annual event aimed to raise awareness of the harms caused by tobacco products to people, public health, communities and the environment; claiming the lives of over 8 million people every year. This years’ theme is 'Protect the environment'.

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.

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).

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.

10,000 people join the PRINCIPLE Trial – A huge ‘Thank You’ from us all.

COVID-19 Clinical trials

10,000 people have joined the PRINCIPLE Trial over the last two years and we want to say a big ‘Thank You’ to them all for their amazing contribution to testing treatments for COVID-19 in the community.

British Muslim organisations support PANORAMIC ahead of Ramadan

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) joined forces in March to help promote the PANORAMIC trial as part of a series of outreach activities ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, enabling greater outreach to diverse communities across Britain.

PANORAMIC hits the 20,000 participant milestone

COVID-19 Clinical trials

The world’s largest study of community-based treatments for acute COVID-19 has reached a world-first, historic milestone: over twenty thousand participants from across the UK have now taken part in the PANORAMIC trial.

Preventing long-term pain from shingles

Infection & acute care

About one in three people get shingles, which causes a painful rash. Researchers are recruiting patients with newly diagnosed shingles into a new study, to see if they can prevent the long-term pain which commonly persists after the rash has healed.

Removal of prominent displays in-store reduces hike in Easter chocolate sales

Health behaviours

Banning prominent in-store displays of Easter eggs and seasonal confectionery could help reduce calories in shopping baskets, according to an independent evaluation by researchers at the University of Oxford. The team worked with a large UK food retailer who removed end-of-aisle and store entrance freestanding promotional displays of seasonal chocolate in a sample of stores, for seven weeks before Easter 2019. They found a significant attenuation of the usual seasonal increase in confectionery sales in these intervention stores compared to control stores.

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