what we do
The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health encompasses multi-disciplinary research across the full spectrum of women’s health. Our work has four overarching themes; Cancer, Global Health, Maternal & Fetal Health and Reproductive Medicine & Genetics. 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. The department also includes The George Institute for Global Health UK (TGI) 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. TGI is a Sydney-based research institute, employing 600+ people globally with units in India and China, and projects in approximately 50 countries. TGI is challenging the status quo in healthcare to find the best ways to prevent and treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and injury, and to influence policy and practice worldwide.
80 Years of Women's Health
The department was established over 80 years ago, in 1937. You can view a timeline of our key achievements innovating, teaching, pioneering and evolving women's health here.
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.
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.
Our high performing team includes researchers, researchers support staff, clinicians, graduate students and administration.
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.
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.