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17th June 2024

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Typhoidland Dublin launched
Three new exhibitions curated and launched today by scientists at the University of Oxford, explore life and dead with typhoid in Edwardian Dublin. The physical and online exhibitions also delve into the history of typhoid control and (mal-)adapted imperial infrastructure, the evolution of biowarfare, and cultural references like the story of 'Sweet Molly Malone', who dies 'of a fever' which may well have been typhoid.
The exhibitions are free to enjoy and include an interactive portal, animation and graphic novel. All three were jointly curated by Samantha Vanderslott, a health sociologist and Associate Professor leading the Vaccines and Society Unit hosted by Oxford Vaccine Group; and Claas Kirchhelle, a Lecturer in the History of Medicine at University College Dublin and Martin Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Martin School. 
Take a tour of Typhoidland Dublin here
Last chance

Staff Garden Party
Our Garden Party is now at full capacity! Thank you to everyone who signed up to attend – we can’t wait to see you there. We are now operating a waiting list for the event so if you have not already registered and would like to be added to the list, you can still register until the close date on Thursday 20th June. 

If you have signed up but can no longer attend, please email to cancel your reservation so that we can offer your space to someone else, and minimise food wastage on the day. This year’s party is being held at St Hilda’s College on Friday 5th July, starting at 1pm, with a BBQ lunch, live music, punting, and a chance to win prizes including £100 to spend on relaxed dining and drinking at The Cosy Club Oxford, a meal for two at The White Rabbit, and gifts from The Oxford Wine Co.  
Let us know if you can't attend anymore
Quilting in IDRM today!
IDRM is hosting a quilting session today as part of the MSD Pride celebrations. Everyone is invited to join and decorate a quilt square using their own choice of techniques and materials in a relaxed informal local session. The finished quilt - the community Progress Pride quilt -  which will then tour the Medical Science Division throughout the year. No experience or expertise is needed.

The IDRM session takes place TODAY Monday, 17th June from 12pm to 2pm in the ground floor Cafe. No registration necessary either... Just turn up! This initiative is part of a series of events set up by the Medical Sciences Division, to celebrate Pride throughout June. Pride is a time for people of all sex and gender minorities to celebrate their lives, communities, as well as their hard-won rights and freedom.
See full MSD Pride programme
Newton Abraham recording
A recording of the fascinating lecture by visiting Newton Abraham Professor John Van Den Anker, is now available. It explores how pregnant women and their neonates are perhaps the last true therapeutic orphans as very few pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic or clinical trials are currently conducted during pregnancy. As a consequence, evidence to guide effective drug treatment of pregnant women is largely lacking.
Off-label use of drugs in neonates is a worldwide issue and of paramount concern. Neonatologists are primarily dependent on clinical experience and data extrapolation from adults, children, and infants to guide optimal drug choice, and to select the most safe and effective dosing regimen.
Unfortunately, this has resulted in considerable differences in prescribing practices both between and within countries, for many frequently used drugs in neonates. There is a moral obligation to adopt pregnant women and their neonates into the mainstream of health care research and practice.
Watch the video here
Industry Insight Seminar
David Buck, Director of Lab Services at Azenta Life Sciences, will be giving the next talk in the Industry Insights seminar series.

Harnessing the Power of Multiomics from a Single Sample to Explore Tumour Heterogeneity and Advancing Immuno-oncology will explore Azenta’s leading capabilities across genomics, cryogenic storage, automation, and informatics. The company is dedicated to sample exploration and management and helps customers bring impactful breakthroughs and therapies to market with greater speed and precision.

The talk will take place on Thursday, 4th July at 12pm at Boundary Brook House, Old Road Campus, Headington OX3 7LQ  and online via Zoom. 

Please feel free to invite other groups and contacts.
If you would like a one to one meeting with Dr David Buck please contact
Sign up for the lecture here
Sign up for Bystander Training
Every day, events unfold around us and we are all bystanders. At times, the events we witness might make us feel uncomfortable, we might see discrimination, harassment or bullying. When this happens, we can choose to say or do something and to be an active bystander, or to simply let it go and remain a passive bystander. 

For the second consecutive year, the department's Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity committee is offering a series of Bystander Training sessions to help you support fellow students and colleagues and act safely and appropriately. The sessions will teach you how and when to intervene, and to shift the boundaries of what is considered acceptable behaviour. The first session will take place virtually via MS Teams on Tuesday 2nd July at 2pmSign up now via the link below. 
Sign up here
Mandatory security training
The new Information Security & Data Protection training is now available for all staff.

Why should you take the training?
  • The training is mandatory for all staff and should be taken annually
  • This will benefit not only your work life, but your personal life too!
  • Encountering cyber security threats and handling personal data are part of all our daily lives
  • The new course reminds you to stop and think about how to keep you and your data Oxford Secure
If you have questions about the course, you may find it useful to look at our additional information and guidance.
Take the training here
Other notices
Looking for a mentor?
Are you looking for a mentor outside of your research group? Do you have a question about the next steps in your academic career? The Department can link you with a mentor. Please contact either Caroline Hartley (if you are a member of staff) or Carlo Rinaldi (if you are a student) for further information, letting them know your research group and a brief statement about why you are interested in being linked with a mentor.
Click here for information on mentoring
EMCRF Open Day
The Oxford Experimental Medicine Clinical Research Facility is holding an open afternoon on Wednesday 10th July from 2pm to 4pm. At the open day there will be a showcase of state-of-the-art equipment, a demonstration of vital clinical research work, guided tours of facilities and hands-on equipment demonstrations. Refreshments will also be available!
Hope to see you there!
Read more about EMCRF
Talking Spectrum: Navigating Neurodivergence
2 July 2024 | Online only | 11am
Dr Cressida Ryan will talk to us about her own neurodivergent journey and what that has meant for her working life. 

Three key takeaways for the seminar will be:
  1. The overall basket of neurodivergent traits is broad and may including contradictory and conflicting traits. This session will enable you to consider and respond more effectively to an individual’s personal “cluster” of traits.
  2. General inclusive practice can improve life for everyone, not just neurodivergent people; this session will put forward some simple ways to be more inclusive without the need for specific reasonable adjustments.
  3. This session will address and unpack a number of standard misunderstandings and myths about neurodivergence, increasing your general knowledge of the conditions covered and the impact of popular misconceptions.
Everybody is welcome to join. Please register via the link below. 
Click here for more information and to register
CRISPR workshop
4 July 2024 | Merton College | 1pm
An invitation has been extended to everyone in the department to attend a CRISPR Workshop that is taking place on Thursday 4 July at the TS Eliot Theatre at Merton College. It has a stellar list of speakers – including staff in the Department of Paediatrics – and will be followed by a champagne reception and networking opportunities. You can view the programme by clicking on the link below. The event will start at 1pm and is free to attend. It has been sponsored by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre’s Gene and Cell Therapy theme and is exclusively for Oxford University research staff and graduate students.
View the full programme and register
Fellowship Applications: Lessons learned from recent successes
8 July 2024 | Online only | 2pm
Applying for a fellowship is a key step in the career progression of many ECRs. In this seminar we will hear from two researchers who were recently awarded prestigious fellowships. They will share their experiences such that attendees may be better prepared for their own applications. 
Everybody is welcome to join.
Email for further information
New Therapeutic Approaches in Translational Mental Health
16 September 2024 | Maths Institute | All day
This in-person conference is hosted by the Oxford Health BRC and sponsored by the UK Mental Health Mission. The event aims to bring together industry, academic & clinical researchers, the regulator and government research funding organisations to discuss the current challenges facing therapeutic development. The overall objective is to forge collaborations that can increase capacity and capability through partnerships to deliver paradigm changes in translational mental health research. The event includes keynotes, lightning talks, roundtable discussion and industry led workshop sessions by Angelini Pharma, Big Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Karuna Therapeutics and Reckitt Benckiser.
Click here for more information and to register
Can you help these malaria trials? 

Oxford Vaccine Group would like to invite you to take part in a study in a challenge study to find a vaccine against malaria. The total study participation time is 18 months. If you would like any further information regarding the study please contact, or call 01865 611400
Click here to register your interest
Oxford Vaccine Group is looking for volunteers to help us understand how our immune systems respond to repeated infection with malaria. By taking part in this challenge study, you could help the research aimed at preventing hundreds of thousands of child deaths. If you are aged 18 to 45 years old, in good health and live in the Thames Valley, then you may be eligible to take part in the BIO-004 study. All participants will be reimbursed for their time, inconvenience and travel up to £9,100.
Access the pre-screening questionnaire here
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