Your weekly digest of news, events, announcements and opportunities   View newsletter online
Monday Morning Messages
We love feedback! Please keep your comments coming in to:
Latest news

New protein discovery explains complexity of genetic regulation
Scientists at the Department of Paediatrics have discovered a new pathway that the human body uses to silence transposable elements or ‘jumping genes’. Dr. Rebecca Berrens, Principal Investigator in the Transposon Group, has published research into the piRNA pathway, a key process our body uses to keep these transposable elements in check.
Read the full story here
Talks and events
Rare disease webinar
28 February 2024 | Online | 3pm to 4pm
The Oxford-Harrington Rare Disease Centre will be hosting a live webinar on Pioneering a Path to Rare Disease Therapeutics. Register your interest and join the discussion to learn more about the Therapeutics Accelerator, the Rare Disease Scholar Funding call and the exciting drug development programs.
Read more and register
IDRM Seminar series
1 March 2024 | IDRM Seminar Rooms | 3pm
The heart is a notorious non-regenerative organ, composed of terminally differentiated cardiac muscle cells. In this talk, Professor Thomas Braun (Max-Planck-Institute for Heart and Lung Research) will discuss the genetic and metabolic reprogramming of cardiomyocytes to enable heart regeneration as part of the IDRM seminar series. 
Read more and register
Ineos Oxford Institute on antimicrobial research (IOI) updates

22 March 2024 | Mathematical Institute | 11am to 1pm
Prof Stewart Cole, Executive Chair of the IOI, will present medium-term plans, including new IOI collaborative calls to support an Oxford-wide AMR network launched with Professor Craig MacLean, Professor of Evolution and Microbiology in the Department of Biology. Over the last year Craig has been working with colleagues across the University to facilitate an Oxford-wide AMR network to increase opportunities for collaborations between researchers and increase the impact of Oxford AMR research.

Click here to register
OX5 Run 2024
24 March 2024 | Blenheim Palace | 9am to 2pm
Join members of staff across the Department to run the OX5 RUN - the biggest annual fundraiser for the Oxford Children's Hospital. This is a five mile run, jog or walk around the beautiful Blenheim Palace and all funds raised will go to Children’s Services throughout Oxford University Hospitals. This includes Children’s Intensive Care, Emergency areas, and the Horton General Children’s Ward. Your invaluable support helps make a significant impact on the lives of the thousands of young patients treated in our hospitals each year. Sign up to the Oxford Vaccine Group team using the button below. 
Read more & register
A Celebration of DPhil Research
19 April 2024 | Maths Institute | 9am to 4pm

We would be delighted if you could join us for the Department of Paediatrics' Celebration of DPhil Research. This event will feature presentations of cutting edge research from our DPhil Students, projects from our first year students, and a keynote speech from Professor Helen McShane on Developing controlled human infection models with old and new pathogens. Come and meet our researchers and find out more. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please register 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.
Read more & register
In case you missed it...
Presentation materials from ECR seminar on careers
The ECR Committee put on a great talk and networking event last week, sharing information on what staff need to do to get promoted or regraded. If you weren't able to join the discussion on Demystifying regrades and University contracts, the materials are available for you to download and read, by clicking on the button below. The presentation contains links to all the relevant information and application forms.
Download the presentation here

Agile Initiative Sprint applications
The Agile Initiative (Oxford Martin School) has launched a new call for applications for Agile Sprints, with funding from NERC. Sprints are fast-paced, solution-focused research projects related to environmental change, delivered by interdisciplinary teams of researchers and stakeholders. For this call, researchers need to respond to 10 pressing topics put forward by policy partners. This is a two-stage process open to researchers employed at Oxford University. Expressions of Interest are invited from teams or individual researchers by 15 March.

Successful applicants will be invited to co-create a full proposal with policy partners over April to May, with Sprints starting between June and September 2024. 
One topic on ash dieback is particularly pressing; interested researchers are invited to submit a very brief response by 1 March. Follow the link below to access the full call documentation and to join an online briefing on 28 February.
Read more and apply
Section heading
Thematic Research Leads
Over 2023, Parliament and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) piloted a new role: the Thematic Research Lead. Evidence suggests that these influential roles are haing a positive impact and as a result, in 2024, Parliament is partnering with UKRI to expand its network of Thematic Research Leads across a wider range of academic disciplines and policy areas. They are currently recruiting to eight positions from a broad range of scientific and research disciplines. Have a look at the opportunities by clicking on the link below. The deadline for applications is Sunday 3rd March
Read more and apply
Section heading
Meeting Minds 2024
The Alumni weekend, Meeting Minds, will be taking place in Oxford from Friday 20 – Sunday 22 September. The organisers are looking to represent as much of the University as possible through stimulating interdisciplinary panel discussions, interactive workshops and informative tours. Sessions should last one hour (including questions) but can take any format: large panels, ‘fireside’ chats, a series of short presentations or any other way of promoting the ground-breaking work of academics. All content suggestions should be submitted by 5pm on Monday 15 April, even if the idea is not fully formed. 
Email for more information
Become a Wellbeing champion

The University is committed to creating an environment where "everybody is supported to feel and perform at their best as part of the University community". Wellbeing champions are key to this community of support and the Department is looking for volunteers to champion and promote this culture internally. The role involves raising awareness within our teams, signposting resources and support services, and helping to shape an internal wellbeing strategy. Click on the link for more detail. 

Read more and sign up
Contact us:
Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Facebook
   Visit our website |  Read more news

Registered company details