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In its field, the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health (NDWRH) is one of the largest academic departments in the world.  We focus on genetic studies; the dissection of molecular, biochemical and cellular mechanisms underlying normal and aberrant reproductive tissue function; clinical studies in women’s health and pregnancy, and growth and development across the first 1000 days of life (from early pregnancy to age 2).  You can view a timeline of our key achievements here.


We have over 160 members including senior academic staff, clinicians, research support staff, professional staff and graduate students carrying out research towards a higher degree.

The department encompasses multi-disciplinary research across four overarching themes; Cancer, Global Health, Maternal & Fetal Health and Reproductive Medicine & Genetics. Find out more about our Research here. We focus on genetic studies, the dissection of molecular, biochemical and cellular mechanisms underlying normal and aberrant reproductive tissue function, clinical studies in women’s health and pregnancy and growth and development across the first 1000 days of life. 


where we work

Our clinical and laboratory-based research programmes are based in the Women’s Centre, the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (both at the John Radcliffe Hospital) and the Institute of Reproductive Sciences (IRS), Oxford Business Park. There are extensive collaborations with a number of University Science Departments and other research groups in the UK and abroad. The department's main offices are on level 3 of the Women’s Centre (John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford) which is responsible for the care of over 7,000 pregnant women and over 7,500 new gynaecology patients per year. The hospital is a tertiary referral centre for obstetric medicine, pre-natal diagnosis, endometriosis, reproductive medicine, IVF, urogynaecology and gynaecological oncology. 

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In addition to undertaking worldwide acclaimed research, we also teach students and provide clinical care for patients at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In 2008 we established the MSc Course in Clinical Embryology, a world-class course that has won numerous University awards for teaching innovation and excellence. We supervise research students (MSc by research and DPhil) and teach clinical undergraduate students as part of their medical degree. 

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Our high performing team includes researchers, researchers support staff, clinicians, graduate students and administration. 

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The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health is the proud holder of an Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women.

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The department's average annual expenditure is approximately £8 million, of which over 75% is funded from outside sources. Our department sits within the Medical Sciences Division, which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for biomedical and clinical research and teaching, and the largest of the four academic divisions within the University of Oxford.

Watch a video about research in the Medical Sciences Division