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Congratulations to Hackathon Prize winners: Highlights from Centre for Digital Transformation of Health workshop

Congratulations to our students who participated in the Hackathon Prize competition as part of a workshop for the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health. DPhil student Gina Wren's team came in first-place and MSc in Applied Digital Health student Anton Elepaño's team took second-place.

Exciting Opportunity: MEdIC's Medical Education Masterclass Series 2024

Students Teaching

Medical Education Masterclass Series 2024: Open for Registration! Imperial College London's Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEdIC) is offering its annual medical education masterclass series.

Junaid Hameed and Clare Hornby win Best Student Presentation Award at the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) Research and Publishing Conference

Congratulations to students Junaid Hameed and Clare Hornby on their Best Student Presentation Award! Junaid and Clare are final-year medical students (now about to graduate) in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. They were taking part in a project supervised by Dr Sharon Dixon. Read Junaid and Clare's reflections on their experience attending the conference and receiving the award below.

OpenSAFELY provides vital real-time data to support NHS ambition for safer opioid use

Big data

Amid concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic might have led to increases in opioid prescribing, a new study from researchers at the Bennett Institute for Applied Data Science, University of Oxford, demonstrates how the OpenSAFELY database can be used to conduct detailed analyses of opioid prescribing practices, in line with key recommendations from recent NHS England guidance aimed at preventing and reducing opioid harm.

Department's Centre for Research Equity launches historic partnership to advance health equity in Northern Ireland

Department's Centre for Research Equity partners with Northern Ireland to advance health equity. This groundbreaking collaboration aims to improve health outcomes, reduce disparities, and ensure research benefits all communities through inclusive, community-driven approaches.

A toast to Primary Care: Celebrating growth and Professor Richard Hobbs' leadership at NDPCHS summer party

Awards & appointments Internal

On Friday 21 June, more than 200 members of our department gathered for our summer party, held this year in honour of Professor Richard Hobbs, our outgoing Head of Department. The party was a perfect blend of celebration and reflection, marking the end of Richard’s 13-year tenure at the helm.

Study shows disparity in COVID-19 vaccines uptake for immunocompromised individuals, despite evidence of vaccine effectiveness and safety

COVID-19 QResearch

A new study by researchers at NDPCHS has shown disparities in vaccine uptake in immunocompromised individuals across ethnic and socioeconomic groups, despite evidence that vaccines are safe and effective for patients with weakened immune systems.

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’.

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