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Retirement of Professor Peter Brown

MRC BNDU

This month sees the retirement of Professor Peter Brown as Director of the Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford.

Accidental awareness in obstetric surgery under general anaesthesia more frequent than expected

Anaesthetics Research

The largest ever study of awareness during obstetric general anaesthesia shows around 1 in 250 women may be affected, and some may experience long-term psychological harm.

Two neurologists awarded MRC Senior Clinical Fellowships

Clinical Neurology Research

Two of our Associate Professors, Sarosh Irani and George Tofaris, have been awarded MRC Senior Clinical Fellowships.

Developing diagnostics for COVID-19

Clinical Neurology Coronavirus Research

Associate Professor Sarosh Irani, who heads up our Autoimmune Neurology Group, has been funded by Mologic to help develop diagnostics for COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Guillain-Barré syndrome

Clinical Neurology Coronavirus Research

Multiple recent case reports have suggested a link between COVID-19 and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an acute, disabling, immune-mediated disorder of the peripheral nervous system. It is currently unclear whether this simply represents a chance association.

Low-cost ventilator wins at E&T Innovation Awards

Anaesthetics Award Coronavirus

The OxVent is a rapidly deployable and scalable low-cost mechanical ventilator specially designed for COVID-19, which has now been recognised as one of the best innovations of the year by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

The brain understands relationships in the same way as it understands how to move in space

Integrative Neuroimaging Research

Researchers led by a team at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging at the University of Oxford have developed a new framework that binds together the way the brain forms maps of space to the way the brain understands relationships of any kind – general mental maps.

Viruses shown to evolve as a result of different immune responses in different ethnic populations

Clinical Neurology Coronavirus Research

New research into the HIV-1 virus has shed light on an important factor in the evolution of viruses, which is likely also to affect SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19). This new insight could have important implications for vaccine development.

2020 Highly Cited Researchers

Research

Ten of our researchers feature in the Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list.

New NDCN Professors

Award

Congratulations to the five members of our Department who have been awarded the title of Professor in the recent round of the University’s Recognition of Distinction scheme.

Emerging Leaders Prize celebrates outstanding pain researchers

Award Clinical Neurology

2020’s Emerging Leaders Prize awards £200,000 to outstanding scientists from the University of Oxford, University College London and King’s College London, who are all working in the field of pain research.

Our researchers take part in Oxford Science and Ideas Festival

Public engagement

IF Oxford returns as a digital science and ideas Festival with 100 online events in October. There’s something for everyone, with activities for young children and families, or sessions for teenagers and adults to enjoy alone or as a group from the safety and comfort of home.

MRC New Investigator Award for John Dawes

Clinical Neurology Research

Neuropathic pain arises from disease or damage of the nervous system. It is a major clinical problem affecting 5-10% of the adult population, despite the use of current therapies.

Preventing opiod-related addiction harm after surgery

Anaesthetics

An international group of experts have published guidance on how to prevent opioid-related harm in adult surgical patients.

Grant extension for neuroimaging centre WIN

Integrative Neuroimaging Research

The Wellcome Trust has awarded a two-year extension to the grant for our Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging. This means that WIN is funded through to April 2024.

New book on global anaesthesia

Anaesthetics Teaching

Hilary Edgcombe, with two colleagues in other centres, has co-edited a new Oxford Handbook addressing safe anaesthesia in resource-limited settings

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