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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

Dr Katy Vincent Named Among NIHR Oxford Senior Research Fellows

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

We are excited to announce that our esteemed colleague, Dr. Katy Vincent, is one of the latest cohort of National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Oxford Senior Research Fellows.

Pioneering Project Showcased at Prototypes for Humanity Exhibition in Dubai


Among the standout projects featured at the Prototypes for Humanity Exhibition in Dubai was the groundbreaking work of our very own Prof. Helen Townley and her student, Ben White. Their project, titled “Radio wave-activated chemotherapy" drew significant attention for its inventive approach to addressing critical issues in cancer treatment....

WRH host Oxosome 2023

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics Research

After a few years’ break, precipitated by Covid, the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reprodutive Health (WRH) supported the re-start of the annual Oxosome meetings and a new Oxosome committee.

Breakthrough Research Reveals Promising Advances in Rhino Fertility Preservation

Reproductive Medicine & Genetics

In a significant stride towards the preservation of rhinoceros fertility, the Rhino Fertility Project, founded by Professor Suzannah Williams, unveils groundbreaking insights into the structure and molecular characteristics of Southern White Rhinoceros ovaries.

Celebrating Excellence: Recognising Outstanding Achievement in MSc Clinical Embryology

We are delighted to honour the exceptional achievements of students pursuing their Masters in Clinical Embryology at our esteemed institution.

Unlocking the Wonders of Life: First Digital Fetal Brain Atlas Unveiled

We are thrilled to share a ground breaking achievement in the field of neuroscience, as part of the INTERGROWTH-21st Project. A collaborative team of 200+ researchers from multiple health and scientific institutions around the world, has unveiled the first digital atlas that illustrates the remarkable journey of human brain development in the womb. Led by the University, this exciting publication (now featured in the renowned journal Nature) shows the dynamics of normative maturation in each hemisphere of the fetal brain between 14 and 31 weeks of gestation - a crucial period in human development.

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