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AI offers potential to transform Pregnancy Scans in Africa

Global Health

Dr. Aris Papageorghiou, co-founder of Intelligent Ultrasound, Principal Investigator and Global Health theme lead at the Nuffield Dept of Women’s & Reproductive Health, is at the forefront of an exciting project that is transforming pregnancy care in Africa. The AI-based ScanNav FetalCheck ultrasound software, currently being tested in Uganda, promises to revolutionise prenatal care in low-resource settings by enabling scans without the need for specialists.

Children's BMI and LDL-C (cholesterol) are major risk factors for adult cardiovascular disease.

Global Health

A groundbreaking study, recently published in JAMA Network Open, has uncovered the significant contributions of both childhood and adulthood cardiovascular risk factors to the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in middle age. The research tracked 10,634 participants from the US, Finland, and Australia from childhood (1970s-1990s) until 2019. The mean age at childhood was 13.3 years, and the mean age for adulthood was 32.3 years.

Major UK Study Reveals Shifting Trends and Persistent Challenges in Heart Disease Over the Last 20 Years

Global Health

A groundbreaking new study has shed light on how the landscape of heart disease has evolved in the UK over the past two decades. Researchers analyzed electronic health records from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD GOLD and Aurum), encompassing a representative cohort of 22 million individuals. This included 1,650,052 people newly diagnosed with at least one cardiovascular disease (CVD) between 2000 and 2019, with an average age of 70.5 years, of whom 48% were women.

Continuing Positive Results for Imaging of Endometriosis with 99mTc-Maraciclatide

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

Further data has been presented from the “Detecting Endometriosis expressed integrins using technetium-99m” (DETECT) imaging study, indicating that 99mTc-maraciclatide is capable of imaging superficial peritoneal endometriosis, the earliest stage of the disease.

International Recognition for NDWRH Extracellular Vesicle Work


Associate Professor at the Nuffield Dept of Women's & Reproductive Health elected Secretary General and recognised for special award.

New Funding Boosts Innovative Research for Early-Onset Preeclampsia Screening

Maternal & Fetal Health

Our development of the ExoCounter assay, which detects placental small extracellular vesicles in maternal blood, offers a promising and resource-efficient method for screening the early-onset variant of Preeclampsia. This project is supported by global collaboration and funding to enhance its application in diverse populations.

The "Maternal Mental Health in Africa - Conversations" symposium

Global Health

The "Conversations on Maternal Mental Health in Africa" symposium is scheduled for June 19, 2024, in Oxford. This hybrid event, organised by the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health and the Africa Oxford Initiative at the University of Oxford is in partnership with the Perinatal Mental Health Project at the University of Cape Town.

Krina Zondervan among eight Oxford Researchers elected as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected eight distinguished biomedical and health scientists from the University of Oxford to its prestigious fellowship for the year 2024, including our very own Head of Department, Professor Krina Zondervan, for her outstanding contributions to women’s health.

Revolutionary AI Technology Reveals New Insights into Placental Health

Maternal & Fetal Health

A groundbreaking study, published in Nature Communications, unveils HAPPY - a pioneering tool that uses AI to revolutionise the analysis of placental health. Developed by an international team of researchers, HAPPY represents a significant leap forward in helping to understand the vital role of the placenta in maternal and fetal health.

NDWRH Winners at the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards

Lesa Levett has emerged victorious at yesterday’s VC Awards ceremony. Lesa was honoured with the prestigious "Enhancing Oxford’s Professional Services Award" in recognition of her remarkable contributions towards driving positive change within our department and her support in other departments within MSD.

Exploring the Role of Extracellular Vesicles in Fetal-Maternal Communication and Reproductive Disorders

In women’s and reproductive health, there is a growing body of work suggesting that extracellular vesicles have a critical role in communications between the fetus and mother, and also between the reproductive organs and the rest of the body. This is believed to be relevant to a range of pathological conditions, including complications in pregnancy such as preeclampsia, endometriosis, and infertility.

Study challenges conventional understanding of household air pollution's impact on fetal growth

Maternal & Fetal Health

In a ground-breaking study published today in Lancet Global Health, researchers present findings challenging conventional wisdom regarding the impact of household air pollution on fetal growth. The study, conducted in 3200 households across resource-poor settings in Guatemala, India, Rwanda, and Peru, focused on assessing the effects of reducing personal exposures to household air pollution on fetal growth in a randomized controlled trial.

MitOX 2024 - 12th April 2024

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health invites you to MitOX 2024 on 12th April 2024 in Tingewick Hall, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Our annual conference for researchers with an interest in mitochondria from academia and pharma.

Empowering Awareness: The Vagina Museum's Endometriosis Exhibition

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

EndoCaRe Oxford were pleased to be invited to partner with the Vagina Museum on this event, with the team providing key information on symptoms, diagnosis and current research as well as taking part in several events.

Early Detection Breakthrough in Endometriosis: Oxford University Unveils Promising Imaging Study

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

Exciting advancements in the early detection of endometriosis have been unveiled by Serac Healthcare Limited and the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health at the University of Oxford. Preliminary data from the “Detecting Endometriosis expressed integrins using technetium-99m” (DETECT) imaging study suggest a new imaging agent, 99mTc-maraciclatide, could revolutionize the diagnosis of this debilitating condition.

Jossey and Shobi honoured with permanent portraits at Green Templeton College

Green Templeton College proudly celebrated International Womens Day 2024 by honouring fourteen exceptional women with a series of nine stunning portraits. We are proud to announce that this included Josephine Agyeman-Duah, and Dr Shobhana Nagraj within the Kennedy Group of the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health.

International Recognition of Oxford's Maternal-Fetal Nutrition Research: Dr. Jose Villar Wins Prestigious Award

Maternal & Fetal Health

Dr. Jose Villar, Professor of Perinatal Medicine at the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, has been honoured with the prestigious 2024 March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award in Maternal-Fetal Nutrition.

Gout increases the risk of a broad range of cardiovascular diseases

Gout is associated with an increased risk of a broad range of cardiovascular diseases, according to new research which looked at the health records of more than 860,000 people.

MSc in Clinical Embryology Virtual Open Event - 21st February 2024

Join us for an immersive journey into the world of reproductive science at our MSc in Clinical Embryology Virtual Open Event at 12:00pm (GMT) on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024. To register: email

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