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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 EVENT POSTONED

Due to the escalating situation of the Coronavirus, this event has been postponed until further notice.

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

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

Department

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

Department

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.

Women and older people are most likely to be exposed to shortcomings in heart failure care

Global Health

A study by Dr Nathalie Conrad and Prof Kazaem Rahimi at the George Institute (Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health) finds that women and older people are most likely to be exposed to shortcomings in heart failure care.

Bringing endangered species back from the brink

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

A technique to produce eggs from ovarian tissue in the lab may offer hope for critically endangered species like the Northern White Rhino that have passed what is currently considered the point of no return.

Dr Elizabeth Millett

It is with great sadness that The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford shares news of the death of researcher Dr Elizabeth (‘Lizzie’) Millett.

MitOX 2019 - Book now

The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health invites you to MitOX 2019 on Tuesday 30th April in Oxford. It's our annual meeting packed with short talks and posters on cancer metabolism, neuroscience, diabetes, mitochondrial disorders and general mitochondrial biology.

Skin colour and neurodevelopment are not linked

Global Health

The latest findings from the international INTERGROWTH-21st Project, that has monitored healthy, urban children from educated families across four continents from early pregnancy to 2 years of age, show that human neurodevelopment is not influenced by the colour of an individual’s skin.

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