How can we help people make well-informed choices about their own health? Hear from some of the world’s leading experts as they ask what we can learn from healthcare in other parts of the world. Book your free ticket on Science Oxford Live website. Thursday 27th February 2014 6pm Speakers Professor Andy Oxman, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo Professor Sasha Shepperd, Nuffield Department of Population Health, Oxford Dr Newton Opiyo, Oxford-KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Nairobi
In a small ceremony held on Thursday the 30th of January at the NDM’s outreach Lunchtime Taster Session, Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe awarded the inaugural Head of Department Prize for Public Engagement to Dr Katharine Plant. The prize was established by NDM Strategic to recognise the efforts of a researcher (or researchers) who have gone above-and-beyond to contribute to public engagement.
For those who are interested in getting involved in Public Engagement - but not quite sure what to expect - the NDM Strategic team, along with some of the Department's finest volunteers, will be holding two taster sessions in January. Come along to the ORCRB . . . . . . .
Dr Julie Makani is a Clinical Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Medicine and is based in the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (www.muhas.ac.tz), which is the main clinical, academic and research centre in Tanzania. Dr Julie Makani Dr Julie Makani What is Sickle Cell Disease? It is an inherited blood disease that affects the red blood cells. There is a wide spectrum of symptoms despite the fact that it is exactly the same genetic mutation that causes SCD
Microbiology in Thailand by Stuart Blacksell From his research group in Thailand, Dr Stuart Blacksell discusses improving the accuracy and the rapidity of tropical infection diagnosis in the field. Q: How good is the diagnosis of tropical infections in rural South-East Asia? SB: Unfortunately it is not so good; where we can actually demonstrate the infectious agent such as a bacteria, a virus or a fungus, it’s not too bad. However, it can be quite time consuming and expensive. The normal requirement is to grow the agent on something like a bacterial agar, or to use some sort of molecular method such as a polymerase chain reaction to indirectly demonstrate the presence of the infectious agent.
From his research centre in Bangkok, Dr Daniel Paris tells us about the challenges posed by Rickettsia to rural populations in South East Asia. Q: What are Rickettsia? DP: Rickettsia are gram-negative obligate intra-cellular bacteria; they live within cells, they can’t live outside cells, and they cause a disease called typhus. There are many different forms of Rickettsia, but the interesting thing about these bacteria is that they are transmitted by different vectors: they are transmitted by ticks, lice, fleas, chigger mites, all these small little etymological creatures. This makes it extremely interesting.
The Nuffield Department of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust today announced the appointment of Dr Guy Thwaites as Director of the OUCRU in Vietnam. Dr Thwaites, who completed his training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at OUCRU Vietnam in 2005, now returns to the Unit as successor to Dr Jeremy Farrar, who recently left the Vietnam ...
A new strain of bird flu that can infect and kill animals has been found in chickens at live poultry markets in China. Scientists discovered the strain by accident while testing chickens, ducks, geese and other birds for the H7N9 virus that has infected more than 130 people and killed 40 since it was first detected in March. The new strain, H7N7, poses a potential threat to people, according to lab tests which found that the virus caused severe pneumonia in ferrets, which are used as proxies for humans in flu research. . . . . . . . . .
The global burden of sickle cell anaemia (SCA) is set to rise as a consequence of improved survival in high-prevalence low- and middle-income countries and population migration to higher-income countries . . . . . . .
Researchers have discovered a new virus in patients in Vietnam suffering from severe brain infections, a team of scientists reported today in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The virus was detected in 28 of 644 patients who had severe brain infections and none of 122 patients who had non-infectious brain disorders . . . . .