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Pancreatic cancer early detection funds awarded to department researchers

Cancer QResearch

Dr Pui San Tan and Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox receive a Research Innovation Award from Pancreatic Cancer UK to develop a risk tool to predict pancreatic cancer in patients with diabetes.

Department led Covid research partnership wins national computing innovation award

Awards & appointments COVID-19 QResearch

A collaboration which used anonymised GP records to identify 1.5m people most at risk from Covid-19 and prioritise them for vaccination has won the prestigious John Perry Prize for computing innovation in primary care.

Reduction in UK red and processed meat intake, but more needed to meet our climate targets

Cardiovascular & metabolic Policy & health systems

Daily meat consumption in the UK has decreased by approximately 17.4g per person per day – just under a 17% reduction – in the last decade finds new research from the University of Oxford. Between 2008/09 and 2018/19 people in the UK reduced both the amount of red and processed meat they eat, while slightly increasing their white meat consumption. Yet, this reduction is significantly less than the 30% reduction the National Food Strategy has recently called for within the next ten years.

Congratulations to Professor Trish Greenhalgh on receiving Highly Commended O2RB Excellence in Impact Award 2021!

Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences, Trish Greenhalgh, is one of six outstanding Oxford researchers, highly commended for significant contribution to policy discussions and public understanding of COVID-19 precautions internationally, in the O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards 2021.

Hormone therapy not linked to increased risk of developing dementia

Policy & health systems QResearch

Use of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), also known as hormone replacement therapy, HRT) is not associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, regardless of hormone type, dose, or duration, conclude a team of researchers from across the UK.

Smoking associated with higher risk of death and hospitalisation with COVID-19


Smoking is highly likely to worsen the severity of COVID-19 and the risk of dying with the infection, finds a large study led by researchers from the University of Oxford and published online in the respiratory journal Thorax.

Congratulations to our newest Associate Professors!

Awards & appointments

We are delighted to announce that Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, James Sheppard and Sarah Tonkin-Crine have been awarded the title of Associate Professor, in recognition of their research achievements, contribution to teaching, and contribution to the general work of the department and the wider Medical Sciences Division.

QCovid highly commended for ‘best use of technology in Patient Safety’ at the 2021 HSJ Patient Safety Awards

Big data COVID-19 QResearch

Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox and her team have been Highly Commended in the ‘Best use of technology in Patient Safety’ category for the QCovid risk calculator at this year’s Health Service Journal Patient Safety Awards.

Can electronic cigarettes help people quit smoking? (Updated)

Research methods & EBM

Published this week is the fourth update of the Cochrane review of ‘Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation’, and the second since it switched to a living review format in October 2020. This review brings together the most up to date research findings on the effect and safety of using electronic cigarettes to help people to stop smoking.

MSc EBHC students awarded EBHC Dissertation Prize for outstanding Dissertation

Awards & appointments Research methods & EBM Students

Congratulations to Michael Tringale, who recently completed the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care, and Claire Duddy, who recently completed the MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews, as they are both awarded this year's EBHC Dissertation Prize for outstanding dissertation.

New collaboration to assess revolutionary multi-cancer blood test in trial, for future use in the NHS

The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is co-leading on a recently announced nation-wide collaborative project to evaluate a new technology which aims to detect early signs of multiple types of cancer.

Department cancer-risk research featured in special edition of PLOS Medicine focussed on advances in early cancer detection

Big data Cancer Digital health & innovation

The research, led by researchers at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, is highlighted in a special collection of studies that focus on early cancer detection, hailed by the Editors as “cutting edge, and potentially scalable, innovations that have the potential to inform research, policy, and clinical cancer management.”

Covid-19, not vaccination, presents biggest blood clot risks

Big data COVID-19 Infection & acute care

Oxford researchers have today announced the results of a blood clot study, suggesting lower risk with vaccine than infection.

COVID-19 population-based study wins journal award

Big data COVID-19 Infection & acute care QResearch

Research into the risk of hospital admission from COVID-19 is recognised with a "Best Research Paper Award" from the journal Heart.

New research to explore family experiences of long COVID

Awards & appointments COVID-19

The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £557,674 to investigate how families are managing to cope with ‘long covid’ and to understand how best they can be supported.

People with learning disabilities “extremely vulnerable” to the effects of COVID-19, finds study

Big data COVID-19

The results, from within the OpenSAFELY platform, are based on electronic health records for more than 17 million people registered with a general practice in England linked to hospital admission and mortality data.

COVID-19 risk prediction tool wins national award

Big data COVID-19

The QCovid®-powered COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment, developed by a cross-organisational team and rolled across NHS England, has won the Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics.

Benefit-to-harm balance of statins for healthy adults "generally favourable", suggests Oxford-led research

Cardiovascular & metabolic DPhil

Statins are associated with a small increased risk of side effects in patients without a history of heart disease, but these effects are mild compared with the potential benefits of treatment in preventing major cardiovascular events, finds a study led by Oxford University researchers.

PRINCIPLE trial 'highly commended' for innovative use of health data

Big data COVID-19 Clinical trials

The PRINCIPLE trial has been highly commended at the Health Data Research UK Awards for the way in which patient data is utilised so participants are contacted about the trial soon after receiving a positive test result.

Long COVID cases appear to be under-reported in NHS GP records, shows OpenSAFELY analysis

Big data COVID-19

Good data on Long COVID will be crucial for research into the prevalence of Long COVID, its causes and consequences, and to plan services effectively, say researchers following their analysis of 96% of electronic healthcare records in England using the OpenSAFELY platform.

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