Welcome to the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health. Established in 1937, we are one of the largest and most successful academic departments in the world in its field and we have been innovating, teaching, pioneering and evolving women's health for over 85 years. Our core purpose is to advance women's and reproductive health through research and teaching, and to improve the quality and delivery of women's healthcare across the globe.
Our worldwide acclaimed research covers four main themes; Reproductive Medicine & Genetics, Maternal & Fetal Health, Cancer and Global Health. We also run a range of clinical trials from women who are not currently pregnant, to those in the first trimester of pregnancy and onward, as well as general women's health studies.
Applications are still open for entry in 2023-24! We offer two postgraduate research programmes: a two year MSc by Research and a three year DPhil. These involve students undertaking independent research in their chosen area under the supervision of two or more experts in the field. In addition we offer a one year taught MSc in Clinical Embryology.
We have over 160 members in our department spread across eight sites in Oxford, consisting of post-graduate students, academic and research staff and professional staff. Our people are our life-blood and we are committed to ensuring they feel valued and nurtured as part of the Women's & Reproductive Health community.
Multiple Debilitating Pains – New global study shows the experience of Endometriosis is rooted in a person’s genetics
Prof Krina Zondervan, Co-Director of the Endometriosis CaRe Centre, and Head of the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, University of Oxford, senior author on the paper, commented: “Endometriosis is now recognised as a major health issue affecting women’s lives. This study involved the analysis of DNA from more than 60,000 women with endometriosis worldwide, in an unprecedented collaboration of 25 academic and industry groups contributing their data and time. It has provided a wealth of new knowledge on the genetics underlying endometriosis, which will help the research community in their efforts to come up with new treatments and possibly new ways of diagnosing the disease benefiting millions of women worldwide”.
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