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, professional 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.
6 July 2020
Sterile water injections have been shown to provide effective pain-relief for women with persistent lower back pain in labour. The ICARIS trial, published in The Lancet journal EClinical Medicine was a collaboration between Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Oxford and the University of Queensland, Australia. The research team say that their research proves that water injections are simple, effective and safe, and have no effect on birth outcomes.
23 June 2020
How is the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? Our researchers are busy collaborating and working hard to help combat the COVID-19 crises.There is lots to be proud of - various papers, studies, surveys and wonderful gestures of goodwill, including the generous donation of over 11,000 pieces of PPE to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from an ex dept member!
Robinson WE. et al, (2020), J Am Chem Soc
The Oxford Specialist Handbook of Obstetric medicine
Frise C. and COLLINS S., (2020)
Fung R. et al, (2020), Lancet Digit Health, 2, e368 - e375
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