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Maternal fat metabolism in pregnancy and fetal abdominal growth influence child weight

A new study, led by researchers at the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health, University of Oxford, in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, USA, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology identifies, as early as the 5th month of pregnancy, patterns of fetal abdominal growth associated with maternal lipid metabolites that track newborn growth, adiposity and development into childhood.

New Professor of Obstetrics Title

Maternal & Fetal Health

Enormous well done to our new Professor Sally Collins - she was conferred the title of Professor of Obstetrics by the University's Medical Sciences Division Board.

INTERCOVID Study cited in the New Yorker

Maternal & Fetal Health

Fantastic news for our team who have been working on the INTERCOVID Study, which launched in April 2020. This week on 12th August 2022, the research findings cited in the New Yorker! This work was a combined effort from 43 institutions in 18 countries and involved more than two thousand pregnant women.

Women's Health Strategy for England Launched

Maternal & Fetal Health Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

The government has published the first ever Women's Health Strategy for England to tackle the gender health gap. Menopause, Endometriosis, Contraception and Fertility treatment are highlighted as some of the top issues women have asked for action on. The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health welcome and fully support this bold and exciting strategy to help improve the health of millions of women in England.

Pregnancy is more likely with urine tests and timed intercourse

Maternal & Fetal Health

Dr Tatjana Gibbons leads study that suggests a woman's chance of conceiving is improved by using urine tests to detect the optimum time for intercourse, but further research is still needed to assess whether timed intercourse via any ovulation detection method creates a difference in live births and pregnancy rates.

Prof Christian Becker wins Clinical Science Award at ESHRE 2022

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

Congratulations to Professor Christian Becker who was presented with a Clinical Science Award for best oral presentation at the ESHRE 38th Annual Meeting in Milan, Italy this week.

PhD Student of the Year 2022 Winner!

General

The winners of the Postgrad Awards 2022 have been announced and we are delighted to share that our DPhil student Josephine Agyeman-Duah has won PhD Student of the Year. The award recognises the individual PhD student who has become an excellent and inquisitive researcher, who is an integral part of their research group, someone who encourages and supports more junior members of the team, and works alongside the research community more widely.

Josephine Agyeman-Duah wins at the Oxford Student Union Awards 2022

General

Huge congratulations to Josephine Agyeman-Duah, DPhil student in the Kennedy group who won a Race Equality award at the Oxford Student Union Awards 2022.

Oxford's largest ever study into Varicose veins shows need for surgery is linked to genetics

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

Varicose veins are a very common manifestation of chronic venous disease, affecting over 30% of the population in Western countries. In America, chronic venous disease affects over 11 million men and 22 million women aged 40–80 years old. Left untreated it can escalate to multiple health complications including leg ulcers and ultimately amputations. A new international study by Oxford researchers published on 2nd June 2022 in Nature Communications establishes for the first time, a critical genetic risk score to predict the likelihood of patients suffering with Varicose veins to require surgery, as well as pointing the way towards potential new therapies.

New Associate Professor Titles

General

We're celebrating two new Associate Professors in our department!

New imaging study could make diagnosing endometriosis quicker, more accurate and reduce the need for invasive surgery.

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

A new research study launches to investigate whether a 20-minute imaging scan can detect the most common types of endometriosis, which currently require surgery to diagnose.

Oxford researchers part of major UK initiative to understand chronic pain

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

Oxford pain researchers are playing a major role in a new multi-million pound research programme launched by a consortium of funders, including UKRI, Versus Arthritis, Eli Lilly and the Medical Research Foundation.

Dawes-Redman Education awarded funds from Huntleigh Healthcare

Maternal & Fetal Health

The Dawes-Redman Education programme which offers virtual CTG Analysis training sessions to Obstetric consultants, antenatal and student midwifes has received generous funds from Huntleigh Healthcare for the next 3 years.

AIMDay in Women's Health 2022 - Read the Blogs

General

On 22nd March 2022, The University of Oxford hosted an AIMday in Women's Health at St Anne's College in Oxford. The key objective was to match the needs of organisations for new knowledge with academic expertise, with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare diagnoses & treatments for women and reproductive health.

Endometriosis: pandemic backlog risks making it even harder for women to get help

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate and devastating impact on women’s health, according to a report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Diagnostic test could offer new hope for ME/CFS patients

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis /Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a chronic condition without a diagnostic test and some 80 - 90% of patients remain un-diagnosed. A new paper published in Frontiers in Medicine outlines how having a diagnostic test could greatly help both patients and medics.

The link between childhood risk factors and adult cardiovascular events revealed

Global Health

A new international study published April 4th 2022, in The New England Journal of Medicine finds, for the first time, direct evidence that the recognised risk factors for cardiovascular disease when present in childhood, predict the risk of adult cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarction and stroke.

First UK pilot study of newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) launched in Oxford

Maternal & Fetal Health

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a rare, but treatable, genetic disease affecting approximately 1 in 10,000 births, and it typically presents in infancy and early childhood.

Professor Collins awarded Sir Jules Thorn Translational Biomedical Research Award 2021

Maternal & Fetal Health

Professor Sally Collins has been awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Sir Jules Thorn Translational Biomedical Research Award 2021 for further translational development of the OxNNet Toolkit.

Global INTERCOVID-2022 Study launched to compare Covid-19 during pregnancy, with pregnant women without the infection.

Global Health Maternal & Fetal Health

The Oxford Maternal & Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI) has launched the 2022 round of the global study to evaluate the effects of Covid-19 variants and vaccination in pregnancy.

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