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13th May 2024
MDUK Town & Gown success
Many congratulations to all runners, supporters and volunteers (Tom Roberts, Stephan Sanders, Chelsea Larabee to name a few) who braved sweltering conditions at the Town and Gown 10k race yesterday to represent the MDUK Oxford Neuromuscular Centre (ONMC). The team organised several fundraising events in the lead up including a pub quiz, bake sale, and raffle, raising £1,772 for the charity and smashing their £1,500 target. Many thanks to everyone who baked cake, joined the quiz and supported their efforts!
See the race report and results here
Awards success

CCLG Rising Star 2024
Dr Anna Rose, a clinical lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics, has been awarded the Rising Star Award 2024 by the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG). These awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of members to the work of CCLG and children with cancer, acknowledging and rewarding teams and individuals for best practice excellence. Winners were nominated by their fellow CCLG members, and selected on key criteria including the impact of their work. 
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Achievements in STEM
Yama Mujadidi, Programming and Data Management Director for the Oxford Vaccine Group, has won the award for Achievements in STEM at the British Muslim Awards 2024. This event is one of the most prestigious in the British Muslim community, recognising and celebrating the achievements and contributions of British Muslims in various fields. As well as showcasing the achievements of remarkable individuals the awards aim to encourage greater diversity and inclusivity.
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New Data Pathfinder Tool
A new Data Pathfinder tool is now available highlighting solutions for storing research data, following Microsoft reductions to storage limits. A

Microsoft recently announced substantial reductions in storage for Microsoft 365 Education licenses and a small proportion of Oxford users (around 3%) are using over the OneDrive quota of 100GB. Consultations suggest that much of this additional storage is research data.  

Working with representatives from academic divisions, the new Data Pathfinder tool highlights solutions based upon selected criteria, focusing on research data which is in active use. Options for research data that is ready to be archived can be found on the Post project data preservation page.  

The University continues to lobby Microsoft for an extension to their implementation of the new storage allocation. Support for managing research data, can be found on the Research Data Oxford website via the link below. 

Further information:    
Research Data Oxford
2024 Awards for Excellence
The annual Awards for Excellence scheme within the department is now OPEN for nominations! Applications are encouraged from all areas and disciplines and prizes include a lump sum worth up to 3% of the recipient's salary.

The Scheme is designed to reward those employees who have performed well in all the key areas of their jobs, and have consistently demonstrated exceptional performance, significantly above that which might reasonably have been expected for their grade. The review period is 1 April 2023 to April 2024.
Generally, all staff in grades 1-10 with more than six months’ service are eligible for nomination for an award. Please find more information on eligibility (including a few exceptions) here.
The administration team would like to encourage staff members to consider nominating themselves using the self-nomination form. Line managers can still nominate their staff member for the award using the Manager nomination form, which can be downloaded here. Line managers should conduct an initial review of all the staff they manage against the criteria for awards in order to help ensure a broad range of nominations across all grades and types of work. 
Awards for Excellence
Department of Paediatrics' Garden Party 2024
Registration open!
Sign up now to join colleagues and friends across the department for the annual Paediatrics' Garden Party.  This year's event will feature live music, games, a BBQ lunch and the opportunity to go punting. Please ensure you register to secure your place as capacity is limited and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The closing date for registration is 20th June
Register here
MPLS Mental Health Awareness Week
13 to 17 May 2024 
MPLS is running a Mental Health Awareness Week of activity which is open to anyone across the University who wants to get involved. Activities include a workshop on the menopause, a Multaka Tour at the Pitt Rivers Museum, a Thriving at Oxford showcase and a panel discussion on the importance of a thriving research group. This year’s theme is ‘moving for your mental health’ and a full programme and registration is available via the link below. Sign up now and prioritise your mental health. 
Sign up now!
Communication, Narratives and AMR Workshop
16 May 2024 | Merton College and online | 9am to 6pm
The World Health Organisation has declared Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as one of the ‘top global and public health development threats.’ This one-day workshop will approach the problem from a Humanities perspective. It will focus on the power of narrative and communication in discussions around antimicrobial resistance. 
Find out more and register here
Newton-Abraham Lecture 2024
21 May 2024 | Maths Institute | 5pm
Listen to Professor Johannes van den Anker  M.D., Ph.D., who holds the Evan and Cindy Jones Professorship in Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology at the Children's National Hospital in Washington D.C, talk about How clinical pharmacology can take pregnant women and their neonates to its bosom. A drinks reception will follow the lecture. 
Read the abstract and sign up here
Bridging the divide: Translational research with a canine model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
22 May 2024 | IDRM | 12.30pm
There is no cure for the fatal and devastating childhood onset, X-linked disorder, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Many groups, are evaluating novel and sometimes sophisticated treatments, either with a view to replace the absent protein, dystrophin, or to mitigate against the deleterious effects of its loss. Richard Piercy, Professor of Comparative Neuromuscular Disease at the Royal Veterinary College, will discuss the founding of the DE50-MD canine model of DMD, maintained at the Royal Veterinary College, studies conducted that make this arguably the best characterised large animal model of this disorder and our use of the model in clinical veterinary trials, including in gene editing and gene therapies. Students/postdocs can sign up for lunch immediately following the talk here -
Read the abstract and sign up here
Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and BRC Open Day
30 May 2024 | Westgate Centre | 10am - 3.30pm
Step into the future of healthcare at this Open Day event where you can experience interactive stands showcasing the ground-breaking research that is driving change for NHS patients. Learn more about new diagnostics and revolutionary treatments, and discover how YOU can play a part in shaping the future of medicine by participating in our research.

The directors of the two BRCs: Professor Helen McShane and Professor John Geddes, will officially open the event.

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Wearables in mega-scale biobanks - are there some learnings for rare disease research?
10 June 2024 | Richard Doll Lecture Theatre | 11am 
Professor Aiden Doherty, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Oxford, will discuss the story behind the collection of wrist-worn accelerometer data in over 150,000 research participants across the UK and China, while also describing efforts to collect complementary open human activity recognition validation datasets to further enhance these resources. 
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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? 

Oxford Vaccine Group would like to invite you to take part in a study investigating how two common respiratory germs alter the environment in your nose and impact human health. The knowledge gathered in this project could be used to help develop new interventions such as anti-virus agents and drugs targeting the host body response. If you are 18 to 55 years old, you may be eligible to take part. We will provide reimbursement for your time, inconvenience and travel. The study duration is approximately 10 weeks.

If you would like to find out more, please read the Participant Information Sheet. If you are interested in joining the study, please visit the Pre-screening Questionnaire where you can access the online screening questions and register your interest.

Email, Tel: 01865 611400
Visit the prescreening page here
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