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The Critical Care Research Group undertakes a programme of research which focuses on the identification of early patient deterioration and long-term clinical outcomes of patients who have been admitted to an Intensive Care Unit.


Led by Professor Peter Watkinson, the group has a successful history of conducting research in and around the Critical Care environment. We are based at the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research & Education. A highly multi-disciplinary team, we include clinicians, nurses, physiotherapists, biomedical engineers and statisticians.

The group is funded through a combination of project grants, individual fellowships and its ongoing involvement with the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford (within the Technology and Digital Health Theme). Examples of recent funding include an NIHR Health Technology Assessment grant to investigate anti-coagulation during renal replacement therapy in 69,000 critically ill patients from 181 ICUs in England and Wales (Renal Replacement Anticoagulation Management, RRAM), and Wellcome funding to investigate COVID-19 disease risk in 8.3 million people.

The group has strong and ongoing collaborations with the Department of Engineering (Lionel Tarassenko and David Clifton groups), Centre for Statistics in MedicineICNARC and the universities of Southampton and Portsmouth. These collaborations bring additional expertise in the fields of artificial intelligence, advanced statistical modelling and clinical trial management. 

The group enjoys the support of several NHS Trusts and their clinical teams in supporting its research activities. The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustRoyal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust ICUSouth Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust are amongst many groups that have provided instrumental support for our group. The group hosts postgraduate projects and provides research secondment opportunities for doctors and allied health professionals. It is heavily involved in the NIHR academic foundation and academic clinical fellowship programmes, providing academic training to junior clinicians.

Our research projects


Critical Care Research Group

Kadoorie Centre 

Level 3

John Radcliffe Hospital



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