Antibiotic Guardians: two-way learning through science festivals
18 November 2022
World Antibiotic Awareness Week is upon us! This global campaign, taking place between 18-24 November 2022, aims to improve the awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as well as promote practices to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics.
Preventing deaths from cardiovascular disease and anticoagulants: an analysis of coroner Prevention of Future Deaths reports (PFDs) questions whether lessons are being learnt
27 October 2021
Preventing premature death is the aim of coroners’ Prevention of Future Deaths reports. But is this system really helping us to prevent such harms? Oxford medical student, Ali Anis, examined deaths involving cardiovascular disease and anticoagulants for his Final Honours Scheme (FHS) research, to assess the state of play, now published in BJGP Open.
Transforming primary care for a pandemic – a pan-European perspective
European primary care rapidly adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic by deciding how to transform care delivery, despite limited training and resources, reports the first pan European qualitative study in eight countries.
Can a daily probiotic keep antibiotics at bay?
7 July 2020
Professor Chris Butler, Director of the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit, writes about the recent PRINCESS trial, which investigated whether probiotics can reduce infections in care home residents.
Setting the research agenda in advanced heart failure
7 July 2020 | 1 comment
Dr Nick Jones, Wellcome Trust Doctoral Research Fellow, writes about the Research Priorities in Advanced Heart Failure project, which has now published its top 10 priorities for the research community.
Should azithromycin be used to treat COVID-19?
29 May 2020
COVID-19 is caused by a virus - so why would we consider treating it with an antibiotic like azithromycin? GP and DPhil Student, Kome Gbinigie, and Postdoctoral Researcher, Kerstin Frie, review the evidence.
Infographics about antibiotics: making facts accessible
11 March 2020
NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, Dr Oliver van Hecke, writes about how infographics may be an effective tool to increase parents' understanding about antibiotic use. Oliver's project poster recently won first prize at the South West SAPC meeting in Bristol.
Antibiotics: even low use in children can have a negative impact on health – new research
1 November 2019
Taking any antibiotic makes developing antibiotic resistance more likely. Dr Oliver van Hecke, Clinical Lecturer and GP, writes about his latest study showing that even relatively low antibiotic use has potential health implications.
Attending the House of Commons as panel expert
30 May 2019
NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, Dr Oliver van Hecke, describes his recent experience as a panel member on a All-Party Parliamentary Group event on antimicrobial resistance.
Meet a student - Ali Albasri
6 August 2018
DPhil student Ali Albasri meets CLAHRC Communications Officer Gavin Hubbard for PPI Pulse Magazine.
Being more specific about 'one-stop shops' for non-specific cancer symptoms
11 April 2018
What are the new 'one-stop shops' for less obvious cancer symptoms, and how is this service being developed and evaluated in Oxfordshire? GP and Clinical Researcher Dr Brian D Nicholson, from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, is part of the team who developed the region’s pilot site, one of ten across the country, and explains why understanding non-specific symptoms is important.
It’s false to believe that antibiotic resistance is only a problem in hospitals – GP surgeries are seeing it too
Oliver Van Hecke, Chris Butler
20 April 2017
Clinical trials Health Services Research Infections & acute care
Dr Oliver van Hecke and Professor Chris Butler argue that antibiotic resistance applies to us all.
Can steroids soothe the thorny issue of acute sore throat?
18 April 2017
Dr Gail Hayward discusses the outcome of the TOAST study, which aimed to better understand the role of steroids to treat sore throat.
Unpleasant complications of gastroenteritis - unravelling the link
19 January 2017
Is there a link between antibiotic use in gastrointestinal illness and complications such as arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome? DPhil student Seun Esan investigates.