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

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.

MitOX 2022- 8th April

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health invites you to MitOX 2022 on Friday 8th April. Our annual conference for researchers with an interest in mitochondria from academia and pharma. This year's event will be 'hybrid', so you can join in-person or virtually!

New guidelines launched for diagnosis and management of Endometriosis

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

A new comprehensive document by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) outlines more than 100 recommendations on best practice on caring for women with Endometriosis.

Endometriosis podcast - listen now!

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

In this latest podcast episode, our DPhil students Danielle Perro and Magda Mareckova, explore how surgery, psychological interventions, and other more holistic and personalised options can help manage endometriosis associated symptoms.

New Professor title awarded

General

Our department is celebrating a new WRH Professor! Congratulations to Prof Dagan Wells, who is awarded the full Professor title from the University of Oxford, in their annual Recognition of Distinction Exercise.

Blood pressure drugs could protect against type 2 diabetes

Global Health

Lowering high blood pressure is an effective way to reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.

AIMday in Women's Health - 22nd March 2022

General

The University of Oxford will be hosting an AIMday in Women’s Health on Tuesday 22nd March 2022 at St Anne's College in Oxford. This event will bring together academic excellence from across the University of Oxford together with industry to help answer the most pressing challenges in this area, as identified by industry.

Menopause Workplace Pledge

General

We are pleased to share that the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health has signed the Menopause Workplace Pledge. This is a new campaign by Wellbeing of Women that calls on organisations to commit to recognising that the menopause is a workplace issue, and that women need support, as well as talking respectfully and openly about the menopause, and actively supporting and informing colleagues.

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