The Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health (NDWRH) is one of the largest and most successful academic departments in the world in its field. We have over 160 members including senior academic staff, research support staff, clerical and technical staff, and graduate students (including clinicians) carrying out research towards a higher degree.
The department includes The George Institute for Global Health UK, whose mission is to increase access to quality health care for millions of people worldwide - with a particular focus on vulnerable women in resource-poor settings.
Our clinical and laboratory programmes are based in the Women’s Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital; Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine; the Institute of Reproductive Sciences (IRS) and the Big Data Institute, and there are collaborations with the School’s Institutes, the University’s Science Departments and with researchers outside Oxford, in both the UK and abroad, especially in low middle income countries. Read more.
Experts for 80 Years
Established in 1937, we have been experts in Women's Health for more than 80 years. See a timeline of our key achievements here.
Our department has thirty two research groups and our work has four overarching themes; Cancer, Global Health, Maternal & Fetal Health and Reproductive Medicine & Genetics.
Learn about our research on nanoparticles in cancer and ovarian cancer. We explore the molecular mechanisms that drive cancer and which targeted therapies can be utilised to improve treatment.
Explore how the George Institute UK and other research groups are working with vulnerable women in resource-poor settings around the world and how they are increasing their access to quality health care.
MATERNAL & FETAL HEALTH
Discover more about health and disease throughout pregnancy and the effects on maternal and fetal outcome. Read more on Fetal Monitoring; INGR1D Study; OSPREA and Pre-eclampsia.
REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE & GENETICS
Find out about our work on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART); Endometriosis; Fertility Preservation; Miscarriage; Oocytes and Ovaries; Pain in Women; Rhino Fertility Project and Sperm.
STUDY WITH US
We run three world class Postgraduate study programmes: MSc in Clinical Embryology (1 year residential programme) MSc by Research (2 years research degree) and DPhil (3-4 years research degree). Click on the slideshows below for more details on each course.
11 March 2020
An article on what is a safe child bearing age by Principal Investigator Dr Suzannah Williams and DPhil student Charlotte Walker from the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproduction Health, was among the most-read pieces of 2018-19 from Oxford academics in the academic journal The Conversation. It had almost a quarter of a million reads shared between the original and its French and Spanish translations.
6 March 2020
The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health is celebrating two wins at the recent annual academic meeting of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, held on 27th February 2020.
No point having a voice if no-one’s listening”–The views of members on the current and future challenges for Patient Participation Groups.
NAGRAJ S. et al, (2020), Quality in Primary Care
Zondervan KT. et al, (2020), New England Journal of Medicine, 382, 1244 - 1256
Huang X. and Townley HE., (2020), Pharmaceutics, 12, 294 - 294