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Clinical Trials Day 2023

Tomorrow, Saturday 20 May, is Clinical Trials Day, an excellent opportunity to reflect on the immense value that trials hold in advancing medical knowledge and improving healthcare outcomes. Trials such as those run out of the PC-CTU are the cornerstone of scientific progress, enabling researchers to test new treatments, therapies, and interventions in a controlled environment.

The safety of GP prescribing in England was not adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, finds new study using OpenSAFELY

Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Nottingham have found that despite substantial disruption to primary care services, the safety of GP prescribing in England was largely unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox becomes a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected eight University of Oxford biomedical and health scientists to its fellowship, including Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

CTU presents at the NIHR 7th Annual Primary Care Research Symposium

On Tuesday the 16th of May, members of the CTU attended the 7th Annual Primary Care Research Symposium organised by the NIHR’s Thames Valley and South Midland’s Clinical Research Network. Held at Milton Hill House Hotel in Abingdon, the symposium was an opportunity for researchers from all backgrounds to network, learn about opportunities to take part in current trials, and discuss the future of primary care research.

International Nurses Day

Today, Friday 12th May, is International Nurses Day. This annual day is an excellent opportunity to honour the hard work and dedication of nurses who provide essential care to patients in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. It also serves as a reminder of the important role nurses play in improving global health outcomes

Infections group and CTU win big at 2023 Antibiotic Guardian Awards

The Infections and Acute Care Group and the Primary Care Clinical Trials unit – both led by Professor Chris Butler – had a momentous evening on Tuesday May 2, as they swept the Antibiotic Guardian Awards, receiving accolades for revolutionary research and science communications. The teams won in the categories of Research and COVID-19 learning and also got Highly Commended for Research.

New module on antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and behaviour change in primary care for health professionals training for the ESCMID AMS Certificate

A new module was delivered to an international group of health professionals on ‘Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in primary care: a behaviour change approach’. This is an advanced, core module delivered as part of the training for the AMS Certificate (2022-24). The certificate is offered by the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), Europe’s leading non-profit organisation with a mission to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infection-related diseases.

New Oxford and Nottingham developed tool uses existing health records to predict people’s risk of developing lung cancer within the next 10 years.

Big data Cancer Digital health & innovation QResearch

A team of researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Nottingham have developed a new tool, called ‘CanPredict’, able to identify the people most at risk of developing lung cancer over the next 10 years, and put them forward for screening tests earlier, saving time, money and, most importantly, lives.

Online arts and culture for young people’s mental health – new research programme announced

Awards & appointments

Young people will help create an ‘online museum’ as a way of improving their mental health, as part of a new and ground-breaking £2.61m research project.

School closures may reduce COVID-19 transmission, but may harm children's education, health, and wellbeing, finds new study

Researchers at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford have conducted a systematic overview of reviews – considered the highest quality of evidence in research – to assess the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annual Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network (Ca-PRI) Conference


The Cancer Research Group recently hosted the 14th Annual Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network (Ca-PRI) Conference at Worcester College over 23rd and 24th of March. We were joined for a jam packed 2 days by a record-breaking number of delegates from 14 countries across 4 continents who were enthusiastic to attend the first face-to-face Ca-PRI Conference since 2019.

Reflecting on PANORAMIC and PRINCIPLE, three years into the COVID-19 Pandemic

Earlier this month—Saturday 11 March 2023—we marked the third anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the COVID-19 pandemic. This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned from the pandemic and renew efforts to strengthen health systems and ensure equitable access to vaccines and treatments.

International Long Covid Awareness Day: Launch examines patient perspectives on COVID-19

On Wednesday March 15th—the first International Long Covid Awareness Day—researchers from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences launched an online discussion of four qualitative studies exploring patient experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oxford University partners with Clarion Housing Group to support smoking cessation for people living in social housing

Members of the Health Behaviours team at the University of Oxford has joined forces with the Clarion Housing Group, the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) and Smoke Free to run a pilot exploring the impact of giving up smoking and estimate likely cost savings for residents.

Pharmaceutical companies reduce own greenhouse gas emissions, but action on supply chains needed

Pharmaceutical companies are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, but can only meet their targets with support from their suppliers, shows first study of commitments and progress by the sector.

Congratulations to our 2023 MSc EBHC prize winners for outstanding dissertations

Awards & appointments Research methods & EBM Students

We are delighted to congratulate three of our MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care students, Ho-ming Lee, Kasper Pihl and Skanda Rajasundaram, on receiving the 2023 EBHC Dissertation Prize for outstanding dissertations.

Research from the University of Oxford key in new all-party government report evaluating government commitments on the digitisation of the NHS.

Digital health & innovation Policy & health systems

The report, authored by a panel of independent experts, gave the government's progress an "inadequate" rating, raising questions about the Government's capacity to guarantee that the health and social care systems have the digital underpinnings they require to meet the challenges they face.

Inequalities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake remain among people with blood cancers

Big data COVID-19 Cancer QResearch

People with blood cancers are among the most clinically vulnerable individuals to COVID-19 in the UK, and a new analysis of over 12 million patient health records has revealed inequalities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake among this group.

Clinician-patient communication about emergency aerial medical evacuation in case of infectious disease

COVID-19 Global perspective Patient experience Policy & health systems

New research from the University of Oxford, published today in the Journal of Travel Medicine, has developed a simple six-step check list clinicians can use to improve communication, decision making and planning about the possibility and practicalities of Aerial Medical Evacuation (AME).

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