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Shining a light on Rare Disease
The chapel facade of Magdalen College, Oxford, was awash with colour last Thursday 29 February, to raise awareness of the plight of those living with rare disease and in support of Rare Disease Day. February 29, an exceptional day in its own right, is the awareness day for rare diseases and the illumination was part of a worldwide initiative - a Global Chain of Lights - to highlight the difficulties of the 400 million people internationally who have a unique condition.
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Finalist for MRC Impact Prize
Dr Michelle Fernandes, a Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics, Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, and Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College has been selected as a finalist for the Medical Research Council (MRC) Impact Prize 2023, for her cross-disciplinary research in international early child development.
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Launch of animation series
Professor Caroline Hartley, Principal Investigator, and Dr Marianne van der Vaart Postdoctoral Researcher, in the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group at the Department of Paediatrics, have launched a series of animations aimed at improving parental understanding of brain development in premature infants, and the effect it has on breathing and apnoeas (the cessation of breathing).
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Finance and Grants Survey 
We need YOUR honest feedback!

Your finance and grants teams would like to know how you feel about the services they provide. They are conducting a survey to help them improve their offering and the questions should take no more than 10 minutes to respond to. All answers are anonymous and the survey will close on 28 March. Thank you!

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Talks and events
Careers beyond academia conference for Oxford researchers - Registration open

18 - 21 March 2024 | Careers Service | Online and in person
The 2024 careers conference for Oxford University DPhils and Research Staff, Careers Beyond Academia: Options and Pathways for Researchers, is free to join. It includes online panel talks with PhD holders and former academic researchers speaking frankly about their daily working lives in a variety of sectors. There will be in-person networking events with peers and employers, and interactive workshops to help you identify skills and strategies for optimising your career preparedness. Whether you are curious about or actively pursuing a career beyond academia, you can explore the conference schedule  and register via the link below. 

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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.

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OX5 Run 2024
24 March 2024 | Blenheim Palace | 9am to 2pm
There is still time to join members of staff from 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. 
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A Celebration of DPhil Research
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 – not just DPhils. In addition, Helen McShane will be discussing her work Developing controlled human infection models with old and new pathogens. They’ve also arranged pizza delivery from The White Rabbit – voted 5th best pizza retailer in the UK no less! – as well as copious amounts of drinks and nibbles. Book your place now via the link below.

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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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Management Committee Update
Minutes of the management committee meeting
The Department's Management Committee met in February for its Hilary term update. Highlights of the conversation included staff changes, the Athena Swan application and an update on the overhead recovery rate. For more detail, minutes of the meeting are available via the link below. 
Download the minutes here

IDRM Book Club
6 March 2024 | IDRM Cafe, Ground Floor | 5pm
Join the IDRM Book Club for an evening of discussion and delight. No mandatory readings are assigned and you are invited to bring along a book that you are currently reading or one that you'd like to recommend. 
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AfOx Visiting Fellowship Programme
The AfOx Visiting Fellowship Programme is open for applications and offers researchers the opportunity to develop collaborations with leading African academics.
Why Collaborate? International collaboration offers opportunities to expand your academic networks,  and amplify the impact of your research.
No Previous Experience with African Research? No Problem! Collaborators do not need a history of working with African researchers and we will guide you through the process.
What's Expected from You? The Oxford collaborators are expected to host the fellows in their respective departments and provide support to engage with researchers, networks and departments in Oxford during the fellowship. This support may take the form of direct collaboration with the fellow on their research project or by acting as a conduit connecting the fellow to scholars, research groups and networks in Oxford with related interests. The Oxford host will be required to send a statement of support indicating their willingness to be the academic contact during the fellowship.
How to Get Involved? If the prospect of fostering impactful research collaborations excites you, read more and apply via the link below. 
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Free mental health webinars
The Charlie Waller Trust, one of the UK's most respected mental health charities focusing on the mental health of young people, has just released a series of free mental health webinars exploring practical, evidence-based information and strategies
for parents, carers and anyone in a student-facing role. Take a look at the range of topics and sign up using the link below. 
Sign up using this link
Walks at the Botanic Gardens
Free Spotlight Tours will be run every Tuesday lunchtime during March from 12.30pm. The tours are designed to 'spotlight' a different plant, feature or area of the garden, giving your wellbeing a boost by connecting with an amazing seasonal highlight of the natural world. Each tour will last approximately 20 minutes. Meet at the Garden conservatory at 12.30pm. Entry is free with a University Card.
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