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Monday Morning Messages
15th April 2024
Welcome back! As we head into the Trinity term, this is a gentle reminder about our Departmental policy of arranging meetings during core hours (10am–4pm).
This is to ensure that attendees with caring responsibilities are able to attend.  
VC Awards Showcase

All staff are invited to the Vice-Chancellor's Awards Showcase taking place from Tuesday 7 May to Thursday 9 May at Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library. The exhibition is a University-wide opportunity for all colleagues, regardless of role, to engage with projects and activities at Oxford that have been nominated for a Vice-Chancellor's Award - this includes the Department of Paediatrics' HR team which has been shortlisted for Enhancing Oxford's Professional Services Award for their work on a collaborative HR service review which they undertook jointly with NDORMS. Visitors to the showcase will have the chance to meet the nominees, network with new teams, learn about their work, attend flash talks, and ask questions. 

Sign up to the showcase here

College Vacancies
The Colleges of Oxford employ a diverse range of people to support the University's world-renowned reputation and facilities. Should it be of interest, below is a link to the academic, operational and administrative vacancies currently available at colleges across Oxford, and which tend to come round at this time of year. 
Link to College opportunities
IDRM Transition Fellowship
The Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine (IDRM) is running a yearly Transition Fellowship programme to support and develop an outstanding researcher at an intermediate/career development stage. The Transition Fellowship programme is currently open and the deadline for new applications is Monday 29th April at 12pm.
Find out more and apply here
Language courses
Enrolment for courses in Modern Languages and Academic English is open until 12pm on 24th April. Classes take place weekly, online or in person, with many lunchtime and evening sessions on offer. Courses range from beginner to advanced levels and full funding is available for students who need to learn a language to support their academic studies.  
Find out more and enrol
Data Academy Training
This is a five-day career-boosting data science bootcamp, teaching the basics of data handling in Python (pandas, numpy libraries), data visualisation (matplotlib, seaborn, plotly libraries), statistical modelling, and machine learning (scikit-learn library). You will solve real-world data challenges with a mini-hackathon on the final day.
Find out more and register here
Public Engagement Funding
The Public and Community Engagement with Research (PCER) Team is pleased to announce that the PCER Fund will be opening in September 2024.  The overarching purpose of the PCER Fund is to support and empower researchers and engagement professionals to do purposeful and responsible public and community engagement with research. The PCER Fund replaces the PCER Seed Fund and has been informed by a thorough evaluation of the previous scheme. 
Discover more here
Medsci Education Forum
19 April 2024 | MSTC Lecture Theatre | 1pm
The university has adopted the Russell Group principles on the use of generative AI in education and the CTL have generated useful resources and guidance.This forum will be an opportunity to share practical experiences of AI in education, and to work out, together, how to become AI literate. Please click the link below if you have any experience of using AI in your teaching, which you would be prepared to share in a short, informal talk.
Email Damion Young and Helen Christian
A Celebration of DPhil Research 
19 April 2024 | Maths Institute | 9am to 3pm
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. 
Click here to email the events team 
Launch of new Paediatrics Analysis Network
23 April 2024 | IDRM Seminar rooms and Online | 1pm
One of the unique strengths of our department is the breadth of our multidisciplinary research, coupled with excellence in analysis, all of which puts us at the forefront of paediatric medicine. Our researchers are trained in many fields including mathematics, engineering, statistics, biology and medicine, to name a few. To capitalise on these analytical skills and to facilitate discussion across research groups, we are establishing a new Paediatrics Analysis Network which will be launched with a seminar, and fuelled by coffee and cake.

Speakers at this inaugural meeting will be:
Merryn Voysey, Associate Professor of Statistics in Vaccinology who will talk about Clinical Trials Analysis; and
Luke Baxter, Senior Research Scientist, who will talk about EEGs in infant clinical trials: Addressing the data loss issue

To help us shape the network, we would be grateful if you could take a moment to complete a brief survey by clicking on the link below.... whether your background is in analysis or otherwise. Thank you!
Complete this short survey
Oxford's 2024 Sanctuary Fair
24 April 2024 | Worcester College’s Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre | 2pm
The University of Oxford is approaching its first anniversary as the first intercollegiate university to be awarded the University of Sanctuary Status in May 2023. Students, college and departmental representatives, faculty and staff from across the university are invited to the fair to make sanctuary a reality at Oxford, and to learn more about our commitment to ensuring an inclusive culture for sanctuary seekers in our university and the wider city.
Read more & 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
Precision proteomics broadens MultiOmics repertoire and enables biomarker discovery
2 May 2024 | Online | 12pm
Olink Proteomics is a Swedish company with strong global presence that enables high-plex protein biomarker discovery and development. Olink’s platform currently has the ability to measure ~5,400 analytes. It’s been used in different settings due to its scalability and actionability and in this seminar, Dr Sarantis Chlamydas, Scientific Affairs Director for MultiOmics, will delve into a series of case studies on the power of its capabilities including:
  • How Olink technology enables biomarker identification, precision medicine and multiOmics approaches.
  • Examples of Olink technology applied in specific human disease areas.
Register here
Bannister Community Mile
6 May 2024 | Christchurch Meadow | 9am to 11am
Join staff and students across the department for a new event taking place in Oxford exactly 70 years since Sir Roger Bannister’s four minute mile. Organised by Oxford University’s cross country and athletics clubs and supported by the university, the community mile is a mass event, open to all abilities and ages from six and above and a Department of Paediatrics group has already be established. Joining the department group is straightforward. Once on the Community Mile entry page, follow these simple steps:
  1. Click the 'register in group' option.
  2. Join the 'Paediatrics' group by entering the group password, 'Paediatrics20'. 
  3. Once you have joined the group, click the 'sign up' button at the top of the page and enter yourself individually. 
By joining the same group, departmental colleagues will get to start together in the same wave. Later in the day, there will also be a series of track races, including a new World Athletics event - the Mile Steeplechase - which will have past Olympians involved. Top UK para-racers have also been invited to attend and there will be lots of food and drink stalls on site too.
Read more & enter here
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.
Workshop (fully booked)
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 waiting list here
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
Trinity Town Hall meeting
9 May 2024 | IDRM Seminar Rooms and Cafe | 12pm to 2pm
Please join colleagues from across the department for our first hybrid town hall event which will be followed by lunch in the IDRM café. As well as an update from senior management, Associate Professor Caroline Hartley, PI in the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group, will discuss the newly formed Paediatric Analysis Network: a Departmental network that has been established to capitalise on our analysis strengths, share techniques and discuss analysis problems. Caroline will give some examples of the multidisciplinary nature of the work, focusing on the Paediatric Neuroimaging Group, and demonstrating how to develop novel analysis techniques for the advancement of child health research. You are welcome to join in person or online. If you’d like lunch, please do let us know by clicking the link below. 
Register for lunch here
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
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!
Department of Paediatrics Garden Party
5 July 2024 | St. Hilda's College | 1pm
Save the date for our 2024 departmental garden party. This promises to be a fun-filled afternoon of food, drink, and games as well as an opportunity to relax, unwind and mingle with your amazing colleagues. Stay tuned for further details. 
Email for more 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? 

Phase 1 Nipah virus vaccine trial
OVG is looking for healthy volunteers to investigate a new vaccine against Nipah – a viral illness which causes outbreaks. The World Health Organization recognises Nipah as a priority disease to develop vaccines because there are currently none available. The trial vaccine has been developed by the University of Oxford and the study is taking place at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine at the Churchill Hospital. If you are aged 18 to 55 years old, in good health and live in the Thames Valley area, then you may be eligible to take part. We will provide reimbursement of £1,020 - £1,380 for your time, inconvenience and travel. The total study participation time is 12 months.
If you would like to find out more, please read the Participant Information Sheet and if you are interested in joining the study, please visit the website via the link below where you can access the screening questions and register your interest. If you would like any further information regarding the study, please contact us on:
Email, Tel: 01865 611400
Visit the prescreening page here
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