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Monday Morning Messages
22nd April 2024
Celebrating our DPhil Research

One of the unique features of the Department of Paediatrics is the incredibly broad range of research topics that are housed within it and last Friday 19th April, we held a day of Celebration of DPhil Research at the Mathematical institute to showcase this breadth. PIs, students, researchers, admin staff and many others came to mingle and network and to appreciate each other’s work, whether as a student poster or presentation.

There were multiple talks throughout the day including an opening presentation by Helen McShane, who gave a brilliant introduction to her career and the research she has completed over the years. Fatima Usman (Paediatric Neuroimaging Group) and Ioulia Vorobieva (Wood Group) both successfully completed their DPhil Confirmations at the event, and the Careers Service, ECR Committee and Oxford University Innovation also gave really useful talks explaining how they support students and researchers. These talks will be made available shortly and links will be circulated to the department. Patricia Gunawan and Fatima Usman both won the Abstract Poster Competition and there was a really tasty pizza lunch!

If you did attend the event, we’d love to know your thoughts and would be grateful if you could take five minutes to respond to the survey by clicking on the link below. Many thanks!

Please share your feedback here

Student committee
We have an active student committee organising a range of gatherings and support sessions for our Paediatrics students throughout the year. These include pottery painting (see events list below), picnics, holiday celebrations and information sessions on Transfer of Status and How to write a Scientific Poster. If you'd like to get involved, sign up to the whatsapp group via the link below. 
Join the whatsapp group
Careers Service
The Oxford University Careers Service supports all Oxford students, researchers and alumni. Its aim is to attract employers, and also to educate and resource students to enable them to navigate the complex jobs market and make informed career decisions. It has a wide range of exciting careers events lined up for this term. Check out the calendar and book your place via the link below.
See the Careers Service events
Student focus group
Are you, or were you, a student who had childcare responsibilities during your DPhil? Did you take maternity/paternity leave or did you have older children? If so we would like to hear from you! We are running a focus group to identify ways in which the Department can improve its support for students who have childcare responsibilities. Date and time to be decided and it will be approximately a two-hour commitment. For further details or to take part please contact Caroline Hartley below. 
Find out more and take part
AV training at the IDRM
IDRM is offering AV training for those who use the seminar or board rooms. Sessions will run for 30 minutes and cover everything you need to ensure your meeting is a success. No need to book your place just turn up on any of the following dates:

   Monday 22nd April  14:30
   Friday 3rd May        14:30
   Tuesday 7th May     13:00
   Thursday 16th May  13:00
Email IDRM for more detail
Grand Challenge and Synergy grants from Ineos Oxford Institute
The Ineos Oxford Institute for antimicrobial research (IOI) is inviting expressions of interest for high-quality projects in the field of AMR. The are are two kinds of awards available and the deadline for both is Monday 20 May:  
  • IOI Grand Challenge: Requests of up to £5m with a duration of 2-3 years. One award will be made. 
  • IOI Synergy Grants: Requests of up to £500k with a duration of 2 years. Up to 4 awards will be made. 
Read more here
Oxford AMR Network mini consultation - get involved
The Oxford AMR Network will highlight, enhance and mobilise University of Oxford’s antimicrobial resistance (AMR) expertise across science, medicine, social sciences, and humanities with the aim of advancing research and generating funds for research. Please complete the mini-consultation form to join the Network and provide feedback via the link below.
Get involved
Science Wonder Garden Party 2024 - Looking for contributors
13 July 2024 | Begbroke Science Park | 11am to 4pm
Are you a scientist, researcher, business or communicator interested in bringing the wonders of science to a diverse range of audiences from Oxfordshire? Oxford University Development would like to invite you to take part in the Science Wonder Garden Party 2024. Over 1000 visitors came to our event in 2023 and we would love to hear from you if you'd like to bring science activities (in any form of discipline) or help out on the day. 
Get in touch by 14th May
Pint of Science Festival
13 to 15 May 2024 | 
This international festival brings together researchers and the public in over 25 countries to discuss their work in a fun and engaging way: over a pint at the local pub!
Oxford researchers will be speaking at the following venues across the city:
  • St. Aldates Tavern
  • James St. Tavern
  • The Oxford Retreat
Tickets are available from the Pint of Science website via the link below. They cost just £5 each. Attendees in Oxford will enjoy a variety of exciting talks on everything from ‘how to fix broken hearts’, ‘the moral maze of AI’ to ‘brain symphonies’. Alongside the main talks, this year audiences go head-to-head in the largest ever multi-city pub quiz.
See the full line up and get tickets here
Lockable cycle stores and equipment
New cycle parking provision is being installed at three of the OUH sites in April. The first lockable cycle stores will be installed at the Churchill, then the JR and Horton will follow on. 48 helmet lockers, repair stations and two lockable cycle units are also being put into the cycle area under CHOX (JR Site). Please bring your own lock for the helmet lockers. If you wish to use the lockable cycle stores, please get in touch via the link below to get the locations, start date and Digi lock combination numbers. Please note that the numbers will be changed periodically, and the new numbers emailed to those who have registered to use the stores. This is for security and to monitor usage.
Get in touch
Radcliffe Science Library - call for your scientific photographs
Do you have photos that showcase positive outcomes of research and are visually appealing to look at? Have you won a photography competition? The renovated RSL is keen to display your work on its walls. Please send a good quality scan for large reproduction to Karine Barker via the email address at the link below. 
Send us your images
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
Student committee pottery painting and pizza!
10 May 2024 | IDRM | 4pm
The Student Committee are running a pottery painting and pizza event on Friday May 10 at 4pm. Come along to get creative while you chat to old friends and make new ones. Sign up via the link below. 
Register here to avoid diappointment
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!
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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