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The latest updates on our research and how it is improving people’s lives.

Patients and carers invited to join new group helping to shape research and treatment of bones, muscles and joints

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Oxford’s newest patient partner group, OPEN ARMS launches today to explore the causes, treatment and care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Its first three patient partners explain why they are involved and invite other members of the public to join the team.

NDORMS academics named NIHR Senior Investigators

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Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Rees who has been announced as a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR Senior Investigator).

New centre aims to help companies conduct more efficient trials

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A new clinical therapeutics centre has been set up by the University of Oxford to help life sciences companies identify interventions that have the greatest potential to deliver patient benefit, and so bring down the cost of early phase clinical trials.

Cognitive–behavioural therapy consistently improves quality of life

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A meta-review of the available research into cognitive behavioural therapy reveals it consistently improves health-related quality of life across different medical conditions and demographic populations.

Oxford to collaborate with Janssen to map the cellular landscape of immune mediated disorders

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The University of Oxford has entered into a strategic collaboration with Janssen Biotech, Inc., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Versus Arthritis Foundation Fellowship awarded to Dr Kristina Zec

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Dr Kristina Zec has been awarded a Versus Arthritis Foundation Fellowship to investigate the role of products of lipid oxidation produced by synovial macrophages in triggering articular inflammation.

Study reveals the safety of bisphosphonates in chronic kidney disease

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The results of an observational study published in JMBR and funded by the Health Technology Assessment Programme shows that bisphosphonate use is associated with a greater risk of chronic kidney disease progression.

WHiTE Four trial results published

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The results of the WHiTE Four clinical trial for the treatment of fragility hip fractures have been published in The Bone and Joint Journal.

Vascular loss shown to be the primary hallmark of aging

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New Research from the Kusumbe group at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology identifies vascular attrition, marked by pericyte to fibroblast differentiation, as a primary hallmark of aging and highlights organ-specific vascular changes with age.

Understanding the first wave of COVID-19 and implications for tackling the ongoing pandemic: evidence from 5.5 million people from Catalonia, Spain

Botnar Main Research Statistics and epidemiology

Health outcomes during the first wave of COVID-19 in Catalonia, Spain, have been described in detail in a study published by Nature Communications.

New Capture the Fracture policy guidance highlights global need for post-fracture care programs

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‘Capture the Fracture® (CTF) Partnership – Guidance for Policy Shaping’ sets out a step-by-step approach to building secondary fracture prevention policy which can improve patient outcomes, save healthcare costs, and save lives.

Immunology preprint reviews launched in Nature Reviews Immunology

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The Oxford-Mount Sinai (OxMS) Preprint Journal Club has partnered with Nature Reviews Immunology to launch a monthly Preprint Watch column.

A more tailored approach to treating psoriatic arthritis

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Dr Laura Coates has been awarded £1.8M from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to explore the potential for precision medicine in the choice of biologics to reduce inflammation and pain in psoriatic arthritis.

Motion-capture to help children walk: Oxford team support new gait laboratory in Ethiopia

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The Research at Oxford on Analysis of Motion (ROAM) team at the University of Oxford have supported CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital to develop and open a brand new gait laboratory, the first of its kind in the country and the only other active gait lab on the African continent outside of South Africa.

Professor Eleanor Stride recognised in New Year’s Honours list 2021

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Statutory Professor of Biomaterials is awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Engineering

Drug may boost vaccine responses in older adults

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A preliminary study shows that a drug which helps immune cells self-clean may improve vaccine protection in older adults

Living reviews launched by Oxford and Cardiff in the wake of COVID-19 research

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In a combined effort to help COVID-19 researchers the University of Oxford and Cardiff University have launched a series of “living reviews” in Oxford University Press’s new open access journal “Oxford Open Immunology”.

Oxford University awarded £2.4 million to fund DPhil research in inflammation, immunology and musculoskeletal disease

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Oxford University has today been awarded a £2.4 million grant, as part of the Kennedy Trust MB PhD scheme, to fund undergraduate medical students to undertake DPhil research in the areas of inflammation, immunology and musculoskeletal disease.

Plastic surgeons recommend a review of cancer excision guidelines after finding variations in effectiveness

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A systematic review finds Incomplete excision rates for basal cell carcinoma range from 4.7% to 20.4% against recommended guidelines of 5%.

3D imaging reveals the role of blood vessels in hormone production

Kennedy Main Research

New research from the Kusumbe Group at the Kennedy Institute has shown a direct correlation between age-related decline in capillary and artery numbers and hormone production in the endocrine system.

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