Three University of Oxford teams are to begin research projects focussed on Zika after the UK government announced a series of grants to tackle the disease. Since its outbreak in Brazil last year, the Zika virus has continued to spread, primarily across the Americas. Dr George Warimwe, Jenner Institute, will study the transmission and case burden of Zika in an area of East Africa, providing vital information on how the disease spreads.
On 14 March, Mr Darren Nash, Associate Head of Department (Academic Support & Finance), Professor Arturo Reyes-Sandoval, Dr Cesar López-Camacho and Dr Gilberto Estrada Harris welcomed a distinguished group of guests from the British Embassy in Mexico coming with a delegation of Mexican journalists from different media outlets on a tour exploring UK’s science, technology and innovation, education, business and sustainability.
A podcast is now available of this year's Oxford London Lecture, a lecture series which aims to connect the widest possible audience to some of Oxford's ground-breaking research. The lecture was given by Director of the Jenner Institute, Prof Adrian Hill, on the topic "Vaccines for Ebola: tackling a market failure", followed by a panel discussion chaired by The Times columnist, Alice Thompson.
Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute, warns that more than a dozen viruses pose the threat of severe outbreaks, but there are currently no vaccines to protect against them.
8th March is International Women’s Day, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. To mark the day, Charvy Narain spoke to a woman with a significant record of scientific achievement: Professor Helen McShane. Professor McShane is a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Jenner Institute, and she was recently appointed the interim Deputy Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, the single largest department at the University of Oxford.
The Oxford London Lecture aims to connect the widest possible audience to Oxford's ground-breaking research. This year, Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute, will discuss the dilemma facing public health officials, vaccine companies and academic vaccine developers during the Ebola outbreak in late 2014 and the remarkable rapid response that ensued.
The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Alice Thomson (The Times columnist), Nicola Blackwood (MP), Johan Van Hoof (Crucell), and Prof Chris Whitty (London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine).
Oxford University scientists have started a clinical trial to test a new vaccine against prostate cancer and are looking for volunteers to take part. The first four participants have already received this experimental vaccine at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, and the second trial site has just been opened at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.
Dr Irina Redchenko, a senior investigator on the trial from the Jenner Institute explained: ‘Cancers can spread in the body is because the immune system does not recognise the cancer cells as foreign and so does not attack them. The right type of vaccine could help the body to attack and destroy the cancer cells.’
Applications are now open for a new MRC 'Confidence in Concept' fund, managed by The Tropical Infectious Disease Consortium. The fund of £500,000 is aimed at projects that translate scientific discoveries into therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccine development.
The partners of the Consortium are London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Liverpool School of Medicine, The Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, and Public Health England Microbiology Research Services, who will provide awards of up to £50,000 via an open, competitive and peer-reviewed process (deadline 30th April 2016).
Tuesday 1st March 2016, 17:30 – 18:30
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A research team led by a Kenyan scientist has produced the first Rift Valley Fever (RVF) vaccine that can be used by both humans and animals. In a study published this week in Scientific Reports, an online journal, the researchers demonstrated that a single injection with this vaccine is safe and offers complete protection against RVF in livestock and recommends that the vaccine be tried in humans.
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