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Dr Jane Hirst awarded Fellowship of the UKRI Future Leaders

The department's senior fellow in perinatal health Dr Jane Hirst – who leads global research into gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), preterm birth and stillbirth – has been awarded a Fellowship of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders.

Common pelvic pain drug is ineffective

The GaPP2 trial - a multi-centre randomised controlled trial of the efficacy of gabapentin for the management of chronic pelvic pain in women, finds the drug is ineffective.

NIHR funds groundbreaking Oxford University research into using AI to predict growth restricted babies

A number of cutting edge artificial intelligence (AI) technologies will be tested and scaled in the NHS, as the first winners of the AI in Health and Care Award, sharing approximately £50m.

Nautilus Academic Award - Jossey Agyeman-Duah

DPhil student Jossey Agyeman-Duah wins an Nautilus Academic Award from Green Templeton College. The award recognises students who have gone beyond the call of duty to make an outstanding contribution to improving the college environment.

Celebrating New Titles in NDWRH

New Associate Professor and University Lecturer Titles have been awarded by the University of Oxford to key department staff at the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health.

Water injections shown to relieve back pain in labour

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.

Our research on COVID-19

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!

Global study to assess the effects of Covid-19 in pregnancy launched

Researchers at the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health are seeking funding for a large, international study to evaluate the effects of Covid-19 in pregnancy. The INTERCOVID study will provide women, families, health care providers and policy makers with high-quality evidence regarding the effects of Covid-19 in pregnancy on the health of the mother, fetus and newborn.

Public appeal for Oxford’s COVID-19 research

An online fundraising appeal for coronavirus (COVID-19) research at Oxford has raised more than £50,000 from over 200 individuals after launching just two weeks ago. The donations will be deployed immediately, boosting projects ranging from vaccine development to the delivery of new drugs to treat the virus.

What is the ‘right’ age to have a child?

An article on what is a safe child bearing age by Principal Investigator Dr Suzannah Williams and DPhil student Charlotte Walker from the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproduction Health, was among the most-read pieces of 2018-19 from Oxford academics in the academic journal The Conversation. It had almost a quarter of a million reads shared between the original and its French and Spanish translations.

Best Oral Presentations

General Maternal & Fetal Health

The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health is celebrating two wins at the recent annual academic meeting of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, held on 27th February 2020.

MitOX 2020

A two day virtual conference for researchers with an interest in mitochondria from academia and pharma, held on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th December 2020.

How do unborn babies and mothers communicate via the placenta?

Maternal & Fetal Health

DPhil student Neva Kandzija wins an Oxford Sparks competition to have her Placenta research transformed into a two minute animation film for free.

Understanding the origins of ovarian cancer


Research into the early detection of ovarian cancer by the Ahmed group, receives a boost thanks to a gift of £43,000 from the Dianne Oxberry Trust.

100 000 babies screened for increased type 1 diabetes risk in the INGR1D Study

Maternal & Fetal Health

Celebrating a major milestone for one of Europe’s biggest type 1 diabetes research cooperations: The Global Platform for the Prevention of Autoimmune Diabetes (GPPAD) has successfully screened 100,000 newborns across Europe (including over 7500 newborns in the Thames Valley) for an increased genetic risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

2019 Max Perutz Science Writing Award shortlist announced


Twelve outstanding articles have been shortlisted for this year’s Max Perutz Science Writing Award, the MRC’s annual writing competition. The shortlist includes our DPhil student Magda Mareckova (pictured).

Masters Teacher of The Year


Congratulations to Dr Kevin Coward, Course Director for the MSc in Clinical Embryology. He won Masters Teacher of The Year at the FindAMasters & FindAPhD’s first Postgrad Awards.

Vatish Group Win UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence Award

Maternal & Fetal Health

Dr Manu Vatish and Dr Sofia Cerdeira from the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health have won a prestigious global award, that recognises teams that collaborate across disciplines and transform healthcare delivery and ultimately patient lives.

Innovative exosome research aims to create new technology that will predict Pre-eclampsia

Maternal & Fetal Health

JVCKENWOOD launches joint research with Oxford University and Sysmex R&D Center Europe GmbH to establish a system for predicting the onset of Pre-eclampsia using exosomes.

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