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MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship award
Associate Professor Carlo Rinaldi, a Consultant Neurologist and Clinician Scientist at the Department of Paediatrics, has been awarded the prestigious UKRI MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship for 2024.
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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
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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. 
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Looking to develop your business idea?
The Entrepreneurship Centre’s Oxford Venture Builder, supported by EnSpire Oxford, will provide you with the tools and knowledge you’ll need to research the market, test the viability of your ideas and develop your products or services. This is a free programme, open to all members of the university. Deadline for applications is 3rd March.
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The latest episode now available!
Listen to Sir Andrew Pollard in conversation with Sir Peter Horby, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Director of the Pandemic Sciences Institute. Together they discuss Peter's early medical career working with HIV patients, being part of the outbreak response team in Vietnam for the SARS-1 outbreak, and the future challenges in the area of emerging infectious diseases.
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Will you be our next 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. 

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Workshops for your welfare

Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM) will be running their annual Wellbeing Week this week from Monday 26 February to Thursday 29. It is comprised of a series of talks and workshops to promote staff and student wellbeing. Colleagues across MSD are welcome to sign up to the online sessions.

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Talks and events coming soon

Demystifying regrades and University contracts
21 February 2024 | IDRM | 12pm to 2pm
What do you need to do to get promoted or regraded? How can you move from a fixed term contract to an open-ended externally funded contract? The ECR committee is here to address your questions and hear any concerns you have. Join us for this interactive in-person discussion with Shaka Obhiozele and Charlotte Walber. 
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Collaborate for Green Action Week
19 to 23 February 2024 | Across the University
This year, Green Action Week is running a full and exciting programme delivered by over 30 partners across the University from departments and colleges to SU, students’ societies, volunteer groups and suppliers. Take part in an art workshop, learn about sustainable lab work, participate in departmental Green Day, hear about the experience of minorities in the climate movement or just go out to enjoy nature with one of the many walks planned. There is something for everyone so do get involved.
Explore the full programme and get involved here
Pioneering a path to rare disease therapeutics

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. A full line of of speakers will be revealed shortly. Watch this space!

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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
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. 
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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. We welcome all groups, divisions, and departments. Come and meet our researchers and find out more. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please register 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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For a full list of seminars, conferences and events organised by the Department of Paediatrics, please click on the button below.
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Fun, Free, Fitness sessions every Wednesday at IDRM

Join Jim's Bootcamp every Wednesday lunchtime. 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.

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