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25th March 2024
The next edition of this newsletter will be sent on Tuesday 2nd April.
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Latest News
Oxford Vaccine Group largest team in OX5 RUN 2024
Over 900 people turned out in glorious Spring sunshine yesterday to run the OX5 RUN - a five-mile loop around the Blenheim estate which raises funds for the Oxford Children's Hospital. The Oxford Vaccine Group was the largest team at this year's event with 36 PIs, research assistants, and administrative staff from across the Department lacing up on the start line for OVG, along with their family members and pets too. The OX5 RUN is the biggest annual fundraiser for the hospital and the OVG has taken a team every year since it began in 2002. Anna Kelly, one of the OVG team, was the first woman to cross the finish line in 32 minutes and 27 seconds.
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New trial to study how the human immune system adapts to ‘tolerate’ malaria parasites
Scientists at the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh have launched a pioneering study that examines how the immune system responds to repeated malaria infections.
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Advancing a malaria vaccine for better global health outcomes
Professor Sue Ann Costa Clemens CBE, Chair of Global Health, met with His Excellency Antonio Patriota, Brazilian Ambassador to the UK, to discuss the co-development of a malaria vaccine and advance public health outcomes in Brazil.
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New fellowship opportunity with the Local Policy Lab in Oxford 
Interested in supporting local policy with evidence-based research? A pilot Fellowship Programme is open for applications from graduate students who, supervised by academics and county officers, will work with a local policy partner to conduct research in the areas of climate and health in Oxfordshire. 
The Programme will run from 22 April to the first week of July. Fellows will utilise the last two weeks of the programme to prepare and present their findings to their policy partner. Fellows are expected to allot a maximum of four hours per week throughout the duration of the programme. 
This opportunity is part of the Local Policy Lab, a brand-new alliance between the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and Oxfordshire County Council that aims to bridge the gap between research and local policy.
Applications close at midnight on Tuesday 2 April.
Discover more here
Help us improve research support: Take the Research Practice Survey  
Are you involved in research at Oxford? To help us improve our support for you, we invite you to share your views on research practice in a short 5-10-minute survey developed by the University’s Research Practice Group. We want to hear from any PGR students or staff who conduct or support research, based in all Divisions of the University and/or in the Colleges. Your response will directly help shape what provisions we offer to support researchers, as part of the University’s wide-ranging Research Practice ProgrammeThe survey closes on Monday 15 April
Click the link to access the survey
Contribute to the 2024 teaching symposium
The Centre for Teaching and Learning is hosting a one-day in-person symposium on Monday 17 June at Merton College to celebrate excellence and innovation in teaching and learning at Oxford. The event will bring colleagues together from across the collegiate University to connect with peers and share examples of their flexible and inclusive teaching and assessment practice. You are invited to contribute to the symposium programme by submitting proposals for lightning talks and posters. Submissions close at 12 noon on Friday 3 May.
Find out more and submit your proposal by clicking this link
Finance Survey closing this week!
This is your last chance to share your thoughts on the services provided by our grants and finance teams. Your opinion is important to them so please spare 10 minutes to respond to the survey and to help them improve their offering. All answers are anonymous and the survey will close on 28 March.
Click here to have your say
Postgraduate courses
Three programmes now open for applications!

Our Postgraduate courses in Paediatric Infectious Diseases are now open for entry in September 2024! Three programmes are on offer: A postgraduate certificate, a postgraduate diploma and an MSc. The international panel of tutors is led by Sir Andrew Pollard, Ashall Professor of Infection and Immunity and Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group. The programme draws on world-class research and teaching and offers a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of the principles that underpin paediatric infection and to translate this understanding into good clinical and research practice. For entry in September 2024, the courses will be run by the Department of Paediatrics.

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Talks and events
Bake the world a better place
27 March 2024 | CCVTM | 12pm
OVG is hosting a bake sale and book swap to raise funds for their Earth Day event in April (a gardening initiative where staff will plant edible fruit, vegetables and herbs. The proceeds of this sale are being used to buy seeds and seedlings)The sale will be held in the Seminar Room at CCVTM and you can just show up on the day with something you've baked, or you can send Audrey Au Yong a message to let her know you're getting involved.
Email Audrey
A Celebration of DPhil Research - Registration closing soon!
19 April 2024 | Maths Institute | 9am to 4pm
One of the unique features of the Department of Paediatrics is the incredibly broad range of research topics that are housed within it. The admin team has organised an all-day event dedicated to discovering and celebrating the research that our groups undertake. A Celebration of DPhil Research will be held off site at the Maths Institute on 19th April. It will be a whole day of presentations, posters and shared information about the myriad of projects that our researchers and students are working on. Registration is closing soon so please book your place now via the link below.
Click here to register
Congenital disorders of autophagy and intracellular trafficking
25 April 2024 | George Pickering Education Centre & Online | 10.30am
This is one of a series of MDUK seminars which will discuss congenital disorders of autophagy and intracellular trafficking - a novel class of neurometabolic disorders linking aberrant neruodevelopment and neurodegeneration. The seminar is hosted by Dr. Sithara Ramdas and will be given by Prof Heinz Jungbluth, who is Professor of Paediatric Neurology at King’s College London and Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at the Evelina Children’s Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
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The Power of Personality Diversity
8 May 2024 | IDRM and Online | 11am (workshop); 3pm (seminar)
Richard Etienne, the award-winning personal branding coach and Director of Global Internal Communications at Elsevier, will be delivering a workshop and seminar centred on personality diversity in academia.
The workshop is designed to help you boost your self-confidence and teach you how to master the art of voicing opinions, from presenting at meetings and conferences to effective networking in smaller groups. This will be an interactive workshop format that will include role plays, networking and practical exercises. Register for the workshop here. Spaces are limited.
The seminar will focus on unlocking the power of confident communication. Learn how to navigate challenging academic environments, attract diverse talent, and create relationships that stand the test of time. Find out more and register for the seminar here.
Networking lunch
There is also a networking lunch being held in the IDRM Cafe at 1pm which is open to everyone. Please register here.
Read the abstract on OxTalks
MDUK Town and Gown 10k race
12 May 2024 | University Parks | 10.30am
Sign up to run in the Town & Gown 10k race in support of MDUK. We would love you to join the “MDUK Oxford Neuromuscular Centre” group during registration. If you would prefer to lend your support in other ways, we are looking for volunteers on the day. Please email Chelsea Larabee for more details. 
Read more & register for the race
Sign up for bootcamp!

Fun, free fitness every Wednesday at the IDRM
Join Jim's Fitness Bootcamp every Wednesday at 12pm. Designed to push you to your limits in a friendly and encouraging environment. The sessions last one hour and are tailored for all fitness levels: from athletes keeping fit and mixing-up their training, to those who wish to start or returning to exercise. Jim uses equipment such as tyres, sand bags, cargo nets and more. The goal is to get your whole body working.
Join the whatsapp group to register for each session
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