Tropical Medicine Seminars

Tue 14 Jul 2015 from 12:00 to 13:00

Tropical Medicine Global Health Seminars

Nuffield Building, Basement Seminar Room

New global standards for Fetal and Newborn growth- findings and implications of the INTERGROWTH-21st Project

Dr Jane Hirst

The first 1000 days of life is crucial to establish foundations for growth, metabolism and development. With over 100 different fetal growth charts in use, diagnosis of ‘small for gestational age’ depends more upon location and choice of chart, than failure to attain physiological growth.... Read more

The first 1000 days of life is crucial to establish foundations for growth, metabolism and development. With over 100 different fetal growth charts in use, diagnosis of ‘small for gestational age’ depends more upon location and choice of chart, than failure to attain physiological growth. Consequently in 2015 we have few effective interventions for this major global health problem. The International Fetal and Newborn Growth consortium for the 21st century (INTERGROWTH-21st) was established to define optimal growth and development and the conditions required for this to occur. The INTERGROWTH-21st study was conducted in eight diverse international settings selected as social, nutritional and health care needs of mothers were largely met. In 2014 the study published it’s primary findings that under these conditions, linear fetal growth from 9 weeks gestation is strikingly similar around the world. International standards for CRL, fetal growth and newborn size at birth have now been released. The challenge will now be in implementing the standards and addressing the burden of nutritional problems evident from birth.

Audience: Members of the University only

Organisers: Francois Van Loggerenberg

Refreshments are provided, please arrive promptly. Space is limited; first come, first served!

Tue 18 Aug 2015 from 12:00 to 13:00

Tropical Medicine Global Health Seminars

NDM Building, Basement Seminar Room, Catering provided so please arrive promptly - First come, first served, Headington OX3 7FZ

Trials and Tribulations: the Experience of an Ebola Clinical Research Team in West Africa

Dr Jake Dunning

The ongoing Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented in scale and has caused significant suffering and hardships for the people living in the affected countries. For the first time, researchers had the opportunity to assess potential treatments for this often fatal infection,... Read more

The ongoing Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented in scale and has caused significant suffering and hardships for the people living in the affected countries. For the first time, researchers had the opportunity to assess potential treatments for this often fatal infection, but clinical trials for Ebola are far from easy. Research teams from the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, led by Professor Peter Horby, have conduced two clinical trials during the current outbreak. This talk will describe how these unique studies were conducted and the challenges the researchers faced, what life was like in the field, how far we have come with outbreak research and why there is still room for improvement. About the speaker: Jake Dunning a Senior Clinical Researcher at the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health and an Infectious Diseases Consultant. After completing his infectious diseases training in London and a PhD in Respiratory Virus Immunology at Imperial College, he joined the Epidemic infectious Diseases Research Group (ERGO) at Oxford. Since October 2014, he has been working in Liberia and Sierra Leone as the Lead Clinician and Co-Investigator for the RAPIDE Ebola treatment trials. Jake has also contributed to clinical, public health and global research initiatives for several recently-emerged infectious disease threats, including pandemic H1N1 influenza, avian H7N9 influenza, and MERS coronavirus. In October 2015, Jake will take up a new consultant role at Public Health England, specialising in respiratory virus outbreaks and emerging infections, but he will remain a Visiting Researcher at both Oxford and Imperial.

Audience: Members of the University only

Organisers: Francois Van Loggerenberg

Lunch provided. Please arrive promptly. Venue has limited seating - first come, first served. When leaving the building, please use the pedestrian path and not the road.

Fri 25 Sep 2015 from 11:00 to 19:00

Tropical Medicine Seminars

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre & Examination Schools , Broad Street OX1 3AZ

18th World Congress of the International Society on Toxinology

Various

IST 2015 will explore the structural, pharmacological, evolutionary and clinical aspects of natural toxins. The congress invites poster abstracts in the key thematic areas of the scientific programme below. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by members of the congress committees. (For... Read more

IST 2015 will explore the structural, pharmacological, evolutionary and clinical aspects of natural toxins. The congress invites poster abstracts in the key thematic areas of the scientific programme below. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by members of the congress committees. (For session scheduling see Congress Timetable) 1.Natural toxins and drug discovery 2.Toxins and their derivatives in clinical use or in development 3.Proteomics, venomics, antivenomics 4.Genomics and transcriptomics 5.Ion channel toxins 6.Conotoxins and other marine ion channel toxins 7.Snake venom metalloproteinases, phospholipases and other toxins mediating inflammation 8.Antivenom-1: Innovation and commercialisation 9.Antivenom-2: Pre-clinical and clinical assessment 10.Clinical-1: Snake-bites 11.Clinical-2: Arthropod bites and stings 12.Discovering new toxins in unexpected taxa: mammals, amphibians, annelids, crustaceans, ticks, etc. 13.Toxins in natural history and evolution 14.Venoms as an emerging evolutionary model 15.Marine and freshwater algal and dinoflagellate toxins 16.Toxins and the haemostatic system 17.Biotoxins and bioterrorism 18.Advances in the understanding of bacterial and fungal toxins 19.Venom and toxin pharmacology 20.Plant and mushroom poisoning 21.Marine and freshwater stings and venoms 22.Introduction to the VAPAGuide – Venomous And Poisonous Animals Guide There will also be three one-day, pre-congress didactic introductory courses for younger doctors and scientists held on Thursday 24th September 2015, addressing: •Basics of clinical envenoming and poisoning: (Organisers: David Warrell & Julian White) •Omics, an introduction: (Organisers: Juan Calvete & Bruno Lomonte) •Realities and practicalities of drug discovery and development: (Organisers: Alan Harvey & Glenn King) Public engagement with science On Sunday morning 27th September, the session at the magnificent Sheldonian Theatre will be freely open to the public and advertised as a “public engagement with science” event. With the help of the head master and head of Biology at Magdalen College School, this event will be publicised among most Oxfordshire (and adjacent) state and private schools. We will invite interested 6th formers and hope to ignite in them an interest in toxins and Toxinology’s wide range of cognate disciplines (from proteomics to behavioural zoology).

Booking Required

Audience: Public