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Medical Sciences Division

The Division comprises over 2200 academics and staff, 800 graduate students and 900 undergraduates; about 350 NHS Clinicians and GPs contribute to our teaching activities. In total over 2500 individuals are involved in research.
Medical sciences research at Oxford has maintained its pre-eminent standing, as demonstrated by the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Analysis of the preliminary results published in December 2008 places Oxford medical sciences research as being of the highest quality in the UK in four separate medical science disciplines.

Series associated with Medical Sciences Division

Autoimmune Disease
Big Questions - with Oxford Sparks
Calleva Research Centre
Cancer
Cancer in the Developing World
Career Equality Talks
Centre for Personalised Medicine
Children's Language and Literacy Impairments
Combined Medical-Surgical Grand Rounds
Crossing Boundaries
Diabetes and Obesity
Epidemics and Vaccines
Ethics and Early Intervention in Mental Health: Promoting Change through Research
Evidence-Based Health Care
Experimental Psychology Department
Families for the Treatment of Hereditary MND (FATHoM) Oxford Meeting
Genetics
Global Health
Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX)
History of Tropical Medicine at Oxford
HIV
IDEAL Collaboration Conference 2016
Immunology
Inspiring Women in Science
Issues in Bioethics - Oxford Bioethics Network
Lectures in Pharmacology
Malaria
Malaria Atlas Project
McMichael Symposium
Medical Sciences
Musical Abstracts
NDM International Activities
NDM Public Engagement
NDM Units
Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Nuffield Department of Medicine, Meet our Students
OPDC: Progress in Parkinson's Research.
Oxford Biomedical Research
Oxford Sparks: bringing science to life
Primary Care Health Sciences
Psychiatry
Public Health and Epidemiology (Richard Doll Seminars)
Research Integrity
Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences
Revolutionary Biology
Surgical Grand Rounds Lectures
Tackling Health Challenges
The Future of Science Symposium
The New Psychology of Depression
Translational and Clinical
Translational Medicine
Trust the Evidence
Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia: Oxford ARUK Public Open Day
Vaccine Research at Oxford
Vaccines - From Concept to Clinic with Oxford Sparks
Weatherall lecture
Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
Women in Medical Science
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 The Future of Healthcare - Evidencer and Value Based Muir Gray is now working with both NHS England and Public Health England to bring about a transformation of care with the aim of increasing value for both populations and individuals. Here he gives a talk on improving healthcare systems. Muir Gray 19 Jan 2018
2 What happens after a storm? In our latest episode of the Big Questions podcast we visited Dr Peter Walton, a geography teacher turned fellow of the Environmental Change Institute, at the University of Oxford, to ask: What happens after a storm? Peter Walto 10 Jan 2018
3 Is vaping better than smoking? As many of you set your new year’s resolution to quit smoking and start vaping, we thought we’d ask the question: Is vaping better than smoking? And could it help you quit? Jamie Hartmann-Boyce 09 Jan 2018
4 How do you survive the office Christmas party? ‘Tis the season to be merry, so it’s time for the annual Christmas party. For some employers it can be more fraught than fun! In this episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Questions podcast we ask: how do you survive the office Christmas party? Robin Dunbar 09 Jan 2018
5 Life as a trial statistician – the good, the bad and the ugly Professor Jonathan Cook is a Senior Medical Statistician at the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit. Jonathan Cook 06 Dec 2017
6 Creative Commons How we change behaviour and what to do to support it: lessons from randomised controlled trials and other research Professor Paul Aveyard, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences gives a talk on behavioural change in evidence based medicine. Paul Aveyard 28 Nov 2017
7 Where have all the cicada’s gone? In this episode for the Big Questions podcast we went to the New Forest and met up with Professor Alex Rogers, from the department of Computer Sciences from the University of Oxford, to ask: Where have all the cicada’s gone? Alex Rogers 27 Nov 2017
8 Animal Models in Reproductive Health Filmed at the CPM's event 'Personalised Medicine in Practice: Advances in Reproductive Science' on 7th March 2017, Erin Greaves gives her talk 'Animal Models in Reproductive Health'. Erin Greaves 24 Nov 2017
9 Personalised Medicine in Endometrial Factor Evaluation: Transcriptomics and Machine Learning Predictors Filmed at the CPM's event 'Personalised Medicine in Practice: Advances in Reproductive Science' on 7th March 2017. Patricia Diaz Gimeno 24 Nov 2017
10 Ethical Issues in Research in Reproductive Medicine Filmed at the CPM's event 'Personalised Medicine in Practice: Advances in Reproductive Science' on 7th March 2017, Michael Parker gives his talk 'Ethical Issues in Research in Reproductive Medicine'. Michael Parker 24 Nov 2017
11 The Evolution of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Karyomapping and Beyond Filmed at the CPM's event 'Personalised Medicine in Practice: Advances in Reproductive Science' on 7th March 2017, Dagan Wells gives his talk 'The evolution of preimplantation genetic diagnosis: karyomapping and beyond'. Dagan Wells 24 Nov 2017
12 And then the magic happens! Can realist synthesis really be systematic? Dr Andrew Booth gives a talk for the Realist Reviews and Realist Evaluations short course. Andrew Booth 24 Nov 2017
13 Creative Commons Working 'up' and 'out': how qualitative researchers approach analysis Dr John MacArtney gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare seminar series. John MacArtney 15 Nov 2017
14 How do you run a marathon with two kids? Last month Jessica attempted to break a world record for pushing a double buggy, with two children inside, while running a marathon! Jessica Bruce 08 Nov 2017
15 Creative Commons It's no longer OK to say I practise differently than everyone else Professor James Wright asks what is the next fundamental change to orthopaedic surgical practice and wonders if it is using best evidence to direct us to do the same for the same condition. James Wright 31 Oct 2017
16 A little known law of numbers Professor Jeffrey Aronson, Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist, gives a talk for the Evidence Based Healthcare lecture series, Jeffrey Aronson 20 Oct 2017
17 Growing up as a Pharmacologist - during more than half a century in the Department David Smith, Professor of Pharmacology, looks back on over 50 years of research and work within the department of pharmacology. David Smith 20 Oct 2017
18 Creative Commons The Future of Science Communication A look at the past and future of public engagement for scientific information. Roger Highfield 20 Oct 2017
19 Creative Commons What Makes a Scientist? A look back at historical scientists and their contribution to science. Staffan Normark 20 Oct 2017
20 Creative Commons The Future of Artificial Intelligence How modern neuroscience is researching the way the human brain can comprehend a working environment. Simon Stringer 19 Oct 2017
21 Creative Commons The Future of Publishing A talk that focuses on promoting and championing scientific literature. Ritu Dhand 19 Oct 2017
22 Creative Commons The Future of Policy and Health Research The role of MSD in driving innovation and expanding access to global vaccines. Ruxandra Draghia-Akli 19 Oct 2017
23 Creative Commons The Future of the Scientific Community: Challenges and Opportunities A scientific discussion with the speakers about the industry and the future of the scientific community. John Walker, Story Sylwester, Jo Dally, Ben Goldacre 19 Oct 2017
24 Creative Commons The future of Innovation and Government. Creating the future of science by driving innovation in health and life sciences. Ruth McKernan 19 Oct 2017
25 Creative Commons The Future of Biotechnology Immunocore talk about important issues in oncology and infectious diseases. Eliot Forster 19 Oct 2017
26 Creative Commons The Future Of Research A look into fundamental discovery and the use of existing scientific knowledge for the benefit of mankind. John Walker 19 Oct 2017
27 Should surgical innovation be taught and encouraged? Mr Henk Giele asks should surgical innovation be taught and encouraged. We are all creative and we are all innovative, and we don’t have to be a genius or a special type of person to invent something. Henk Giele 17 Oct 2017
28 Marsquakes A song about the quest to hear Marsquakes based on research by Dr Neil Bowles at the University of Oxford Neil Bowles 16 Oct 2017
29 Understanding Misunderstanding A song about the parallels of fake news today and satire in the 18th Century based on research by Prof Abigail Williams at the University of Oxford Abigail Williams 16 Oct 2017
30 The Great Vape Debate A song about vaping based on the latest evidence from research, from Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce at the University of Oxford Jamie Hartmann-Boyce 16 Oct 2017
31 Stomach is the Monarch A song about how Victorians saw the conversation between the gut and mood, based on research by Dr Emilie Taylor-Brown at the University of Oxford Emilie Taylor-Brown 16 Oct 2017
32 Use the Digital to Make the World you Want to See A song about mapping the internet and how it links to our physical world, based on research by Prof Mark Graham at the University of Oxford. Mark Graham 16 Oct 2017
33 Creative Commons Critical Appraisal and EBM in the Real World The overwhelming volume of evidence and its lack of relevance to patient care and decisions means health professionals require skills to sift evidence more efficiently: discarding what doesn't make a difference to focus on evidence that matters for health Carl Heneghan 13 Oct 2017
34 Creative Commons 115 years of malaria in Africa 115 years of malaria data collected in Africa gives the most detailed picture yet of where efforts to control malaria infection are being won and lost across the continent. Bob Snow 11 Oct 2017
35 Establishing a microsurgery center at Chang Gung and advances in mandibular reconstruction Professor Fu-Chan Wei talks about how he established a comprehensive reconstructive microsurgery center at Chang Gung University Medical Center, and discusses the advances in mandibular reconstruction using microsurgical skills. Fu-Chan Wei 04 Oct 2017
36 Eye movements and cognitive function in Parkinson’s disease NDCN Seminar Chrystalina Antoniades 29 Sep 2017
37 Creative Commons Keyhole implantation of a new aortic valve in the conscious patient: TAVI in 2017 Professor Adrian Banning, Dr Kate Grebenik and Professor Rajesh Kharbanda give a talk for the Surgical Grand Rounds series. Adrian Banning, Kate Grebenik, Rajesh Kharbanda 20 Sep 2017
38 How fast is Greenland moving? Greenland has some many fascinating facts like it’s the world's largest island, it belongs to Denmark, it actually isn’t that green but mostly covered in ice. But did you know that Greenland is actually on the move? Ian Hewitt 31 Aug 2017
39 Kate Binnie: First and Last Breath soundscape A soundscape about breathing as a barometer of our state of mind and physical health. Kate Binnie 04 Aug 2017
40 Saturday Scientist, BBC Radio Oxford Sarah Finnegan talks about Breathe Oxford Sarah Finnegan 03 Aug 2017
41 Early Intervention: What do we know about what works Tom McBride (Early Intervention Foundation) gives the final presentation in the fourth panel; Research for Change. Tom McBride 25 Jul 2017
42 Mobilising research to address our mental health crisis. Cynthia Joyce (MQ, Mental Health Research Charity), gives the this talk in he fourth panel, Research for Change. Cynthia Joyce 25 Jul 2017
43 Young people’s involvement in research: The NEUROSEC Young People’s Advisory Group Initiative Members of Oxford YPAG talk about their work and experiences in the Young People’s Advisory Group Initiative. Part of the fourth panel; Research for Change. Members of Oxford YPAG 25 Jul 2017
44 Introduction to fourth panel Prof. Ilina Singh (BeGOOD PI, University of Oxford), introduces the fourth panel in the conference. Ilina Singh 25 Jul 2017
45 Response to third panel Prof. Essi Viding (University College London) responds to the third panel; Young People’s Voices, Young People’s Citizenship. Essi Viding 25 Jul 2017
46 Psychosis, biomarkers, and young people’s moral perspectives Arianna Manzini (BeGOOD team, Psychiatry, University of Oxford), gives the second talk in the third panel, Young People’s Voices, Young People’s Citizenship. Arianna Manzini 25 Jul 2017
47 vVirtual ethics: Developing e-tools to assess young people’s moral attitudes Dr. Gabriela Pavarini (BeGOOD team, Psychiatry, University of Oxford) gives the first presentation in the third panel; Young People’s Voices, Young People’s Citizenship. Gabriela Pavarini 25 Jul 2017
48 Second response to second panel Dr. Dorothee Horstkötter (Maastricht University) gives the second response to the second panel, Psychosis Risk: From Research to Practice. Dorothee Horstkötter 25 Jul 2017
49 First response to second panel Respondent: Prof. Matthew Broome (Psychiatry, University of Oxford) gives the first response to the second panel. Matthew Broome 25 Jul 2017
50 The ethics of early intervention in psychosis: (Preliminary) findings from a qualitative study in England Paolo Corsico (BeGOOD team, Psychiatry, University of Oxford) gives the second talk in the second panel, Psychosis Risk: From Research to Practice. Paolo Corsico 25 Jul 2017
51 Early Intervention in Psychosis services: 15 years of implementation Prof. Belinda Lennox (Psychiatry, University of Oxford) gives the first talk in the second panel, Psychosis Risk: From Research to Practice. Belinda Lennox 25 Jul 2017
52 Response to first panel Prof. Maureen Kelley (NDPH, University of Oxford) responds to the presentations in panel 1. Maureen Kelley 25 Jul 2017
53 Knowledge translation and pathways to impact Dr. João Rangel de Almeida (Wellcome Trust) gives the second talk in the Ethics and Early Intervention in Mental Health: Promoting Change through Research conference, João Rangel de Almeida 25 Jul 2017
54 Vision of the BeGOOD project Prof. Ilina Singh (BeGOOD PI, University of Oxford), introduces the conference and gives a brief talk on the BeGOOD project. Ilina Singh 25 Jul 2017
55 Bad Beginnings? Early intervention for mums and babies in prison Rose Mortimer (BeGOOD team, Psychiatry, University of Oxford) gives the third presentation in the first panel; Researching Families, Transforming Communities. Rose Mortimer 25 Jul 2017
56 Preparing For Life: An ethnographic study of early intervention in Northside Dublin, Ireland Dr. Rodolfo Maggio (BeGOOD team, Psychiatry, University of Oxford) gives the second presentation in the first panel; Researching Families, Transforming Communities. Rodolfo Maggio 25 Jul 2017
57 The risks of pathologising normal family life Dr. Jan Macvarish (Kent University) gives the first talk in the first panel; Researching Families, Transforming Communities. Jan Macvarish 25 Jul 2017
58 Making trials more efficient: Trial Forge and how you can help Trials are important; very often they are also inefficient. Trial Forge aims to improve trial efficacy by identifying and then filling gaps in trial methods research. Shaun Treweek 10 Jul 2017
59 Using mixed methods in health psychology: Reflections on research design, epistemology, and practicalities In this talk, Dr Felicity Bishop will critically reflect on mixed methods research that she has conducted and discuss the philosophical and technical challenges of mixed methods. Felicity Bishop 10 Jul 2017
60 Emerging and Future Treatments: Studying asymptomatic genetic carriers in MND Professor Martin Turner, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, gives the final talk in the FATHOM meeting. Martin Turner 27 Jun 2017
61 Emerging and Future Treatments Professor Kevin Talbot, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, gives the third talk for the FATHOM meeting. Kevin Talbot 27 Jun 2017
62 Genetic Testing Christopher Shaw, King's College London, gives the second talk for the FATHOM meeting. Christopher Shaw 27 Jun 2017
63 The Genetics of Motor Neuron Disease Professor Kevin Talbot gives the first presentation in the FATHOM meeting. Introduction by Professor Martin Turner. Kevin Talbot 27 Jun 2017
64 William Osler and his legacy to medicine Professor David Cranston tells the story of William Osler's life and career. David Cranston 14 Jun 2017
65 Creative Commons MORU Students Studentships at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, Thailand Stije Leopold, Stuart Blacksell, Sharanjeet Atwal, Viriya Hantrakun 13 Jun 2017
66 Should I take a selfie with a wild animal? Travel companies around the world profit from some of the cruellest types of wildlife tourist attractions on earth. Tom Moorhouse 02 Jun 2017
67 What does Hollywood get right and wrong when science is in the storyline? What does hollywood get right? Neil Ashton, Colin Wilson, Eleanor Stride, Jason Nurse 02 Jun 2017
68 How open should open data be? Open data impacts everybody. Through it we can access healthcare services, understand our governments better and, of course, travel to places more easily. But, how open should open data be? Sir Nigel Shadbolt 02 Jun 2017
69 Creative Commons When surgeons become patients: occupational health and wellbeing for doctors Dr Evie Kemp talks about the issues that can arise when surgeons become patients, and the importance of doctors maintaining their own health (mental and physical) and wellbeing. Evie Kemp 24 May 2017
70 Professor Richard Hobbs Dr. Kamal R. Mahtani, Deputy Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, in conversation with Professor Richard Hobbs, Head of Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. Richard Hobbs, Kamal R Mahtani 18 May 2017
71 Professor John Brodersen Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, in conversation with Professor John Brodersen, General Practitioner and associate research professor in the area of medical screening at University of Copenhagen. John Brodersen, Carl Heneghan 15 May 2017
72 Innovations in access surgery James Gilbert and Dr Simon Knight give an update on vascular access and some of the innovations that are going on in vascular access surgery. James Gilbert, Simon Knight 15 May 2017
73 What happened to the first soviet scientist to solve a fundamental problem in mathematics? New episode for the Oxford Sparks Big questions series. Christopher Hollings 08 May 2017
74 How open should open data be? Open data impacts everybody. Through it we can access healthcare services, understand our governments better and, of course, travel to places more easily. But, how open should open data be? Sir Nigel Shadbolt 04 May 2017
75 Dr Lisa Schwartz and Dr Steven Woloshin Professor Carl Heneghan in conversation with Steven Woloshin, MD, MS, and Lisa M. Schwartz, MD, MS, Professors of Medicine, of Community and Family Medicine, and Co-Directors of Medicine and the Media Programs at The Dartmouth Institute. Lisa Schwartz, Steven Woloshin, Carl Heneghan 03 May 2017
76 Statistical methods used to map malaria and other infectious diseases Ewan Cameron and Sam Bhatt from the Nuffield Department of Population Health discuss statistical methods used to map malaria and other infectious diseases. Ewan Cameron, Sam Bhatt 28 Apr 2017
77 Dr Jeffrey Aronson Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, in conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Aronson, President Emeritus and Honorary Fellow, British Pharmacological Society, and Consultant Physician. Carl Heneghan, Jeffrey Aronson 28 Apr 2017
78 Professor Trish Greenhalgh Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Kamal R. Mahtani in conversation in the third episode of Trust The Evidence. Kamal R. Mahtani, Trish Greenhalgh 20 Apr 2017
79 What does Hollywood get right and wrong when science is in the storyline? What does hollywood get right? Neil Ashton, Colin Wilson, Eleanor Stride, Jason Nurse 19 Apr 2017
80 Better evidence for better healthcare manifesto The integration of evidence with clinical expertise and patient values which underpins the delivery of high quality evidence-based medicine. Carl Heneghan 12 Apr 2017
81 Creative Commons Molecular diagnosis and bacterial genotyping Dr Janjira Thaipadungpanit from our MORU unit in Bangkok, Thailand, tells us about her research on molecular diagnosis and bacterial genotyping Janjira Thaipadungpanit 12 Apr 2017
82 Creative Commons Molecular diagnosis and bacterial genotyping Dr Janjira Thaipadungpanit from our MORU unit in Bangkok, Thailand, tells us about her research on molecular diagnosis and bacterial genotyping Janjira Thaipadungpanit 12 Apr 2017
83 Creative Commons Biomarkers for tropical diseases Dr Markus Winterbert from our MORU unit in Bangkok, Thailand, tells us about his research on biomarkers for tropical diseases Markus Winterberg 12 Apr 2017
84 Creative Commons Biomarkers for tropical diseases Dr Markus Winterbert from our MORU unit in Bangkok, Thailand, tells us about his research on biomarkers for tropical diseases Markus Winterberg 12 Apr 2017
85 Creative Commons MORU Biosafety Level 3 and melioidosis in Thailand Premjit Amornchai from our MORU unit in Bangkok, Thailand, tells us about her work as biosafety level 3 lab manager and microbioogy safety officer Premjit Amornchai 12 Apr 2017
86 Creative Commons MORU Biosafety Level 3 and melioidosis in Thailand Premjit Amornchai from our MORU unit in Bangkok, Thailand, tells us about her work as biosafety level 3 lab manager and microbioogy safety officer Premjit Amornchai 12 Apr 2017
87 Creative Commons Malaria control in Africa Professor Bob Snow from our KEMRI-Wellcome programme in Nairobi, Kenya, tells us how his research brings together epidemiological profiles and government policies to maximise malaria control programmes in Africa Bob Snow 12 Apr 2017
88 Creative Commons Malaria control in Africa Professor Bob Snow from our KEMRI-Wellcome programme in Nairobi, Kenya, tells us how his research brings together epidemiological profiles and government policies to maximise malaria control programmes in Africa Bob Snow 12 Apr 2017
89 Creative Commons Malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong sub-region Dr Lorenz von Seidlein from our MORU unit in Bangkok, Thailand, tells us about his research on malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong sub-region Lorenz von Seidlein 12 Apr 2017
90 Creative Commons Malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong sub-region Dr Lorenz von Seidlein from our MORU unit in Bangkok, Thailand, tells us about his research on malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong sub-region Lorenz von Seidlein 12 Apr 2017
91 Should I take a selfie with a wild animal? Travel companies around the world profit from some of the cruellest types of wildlife tourist attractions on earth. Tom Moorhouse 11 Apr 2017
92 Cell transplants to treat the 'disease' of chronic pain Thomas Willis Lecture (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences) Allan Basbaum 10 Apr 2017
93 The 100,000 Genomes Project Ms Jennifer Whitfield talks about the 100,000 Genomes Project, which aims to establish a new genomic medicine service through the NHS by sequencing the entire genomes of around 70,000 people with rare inherited diseases or cancer. Jennifer Whitfield 10 Apr 2017
94 Dr Fiona Godlee Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, in conversation with Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief of The British Medical Journal (BMJ). Fiona Godlee, Carl Heneghan 05 Apr 2017
95 Wye speling matturs Jeffrey Aronson presents a light-hearted talk on spelling in systematic reviewing. Jeff is a Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist at the Oxford University Department for Primary Health Care. Jeffrey Aronson 29 Mar 2017
96 Creative Commons Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, speaks to Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, about the importance of medical statistics. David Spiegelhalter, Carl Heneghan 28 Mar 2017
97 Creative Commons How do you teach a machine to a drive a car? Autonomous cars have been a staple of science fiction for years featuring in films like Minority Report and I Robot. But how far away are we really from enjoying a hassle-free driving journey? To find out the answer we visited Dr Ingmar Posner, Associate Ingmar Posner 28 Mar 2017
98 Jam tomorrow? Prospects for the "just about managing" in Britain. In the Medical Sciences Division Litchfield Lecture 2017, he explores the prospects for the just about managing in Britain in light of Brexit. Martin McKee 23 Mar 2017
99 Dementia, future treatments and research Prof. Klaus Ebmeier is the Foundation Chair of Old Age Psychiatry. In this interview he gives his point of view on dementia, normal aging and why new treatments are not yet effective. Klaus Ebmeier 21 Mar 2017
100 Will supersonic transport ever make a comeback? The Concord is seen as an iconic aircraft and a technological breakthrough – so why can we only see them in museums? In our episode of The Big Questions podcast series we visited Dr Neil Ashton from the E-Research Centre at the University of Oxford to ask Neil Ashton 13 Mar 2017