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Monday Morning Messages
Welcome to your weekly digest of news, events, announcements and opportunities at the Department. Your comms team is updating the format  of these newsletters in response to feedback received, so please bear with us while we make a few adjustments. Your comments and opinions are always appreciated so please keep them coming in to: communications@paediatrics.ox.ac.uk
Happy New Year! 
A message from Georg:

Welcome back!

I hope you had a wonderful festive break and are looking forward to a new year of good health, exciting science, and time spent with family and friends.

The Department of Paediatrics is committed to advancing global child health by fostering comprehensive research to achieve a precise understanding of paediatric wellbeing. This year will continue our mission to pioneer ground-breaking initiatives that drive the development of effective cures and interventions, creating a healthier future for children, leaving an indelible impact on paediatric medicine and shaping a world where every child can thrive.

Our objectives through 2024 and beyond, are to maintain a healthy growth and continue to invest in our Department. This will allow us to work as effectively as possible and enable us to broaden our areas of research, and to nurture the growth and development of our fabulous teams.

Thank you for your continued contribution to our goals. I wish you a happy year of enthusiastically advancing our common goals of creating a better world for children and 
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In the news
DoP professor named in New Year's Honours
Matthew Snape, a former Professor of Paediatrics and Vaccinology at the Oxford Vaccine Group before he moved to Moderna in August 2022, has been appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Public Health, particularly during COVID-19 while working at OVG. 
Read more about Oxford New Year Honours

Research by Neuro-imaging group shows importance of parental touch during premature babies’ hospital procedures
Bliss, the national charity for premature and sick babies, funded the research on premature babies’ experiences of painful procedures and created new information resources for neonatal parents and healthcare professionals.

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OVG awarded £7.8 million funding
Oxford Vaccine Group (OVG), which led the rapid clinical development of the Oxford vaccine in COVID-19 in the pandemic, has been awarded a total of £7,788,783 by UK Aid for research into the prevention of five dangerous diseases with epidemic or pandemic potential.
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Talks and events
An audience with the Vice Chancellor
10 January 2024 | IDRM | 12pm
Professor Irene Tracey invites you to join her for this all-staff event, to give you the opportunity to put questions to her about what matters to you, and for an informal discussion on the current challenges facing the University. 
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OxPop Global Maternal and Perinatal Health Symposium
31 January 2024 | Richard Doll Lecture Theatre | 12pm
The primary aim of the symposium is to disseminate the work undertaken by the Oxford-India collaboration called MaatHRI over the past 6 years.
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Hilary Town Hall meeting with guest speaker Frances Parkes
9 February 2024 | IDRM | 12pm
This town hall meeting will feature an update from senior management and guest presentation from Frances Parkes, Wellbeing Programme Manager for the University of Oxford. Frances will talk about the employee assistance programme designed to help staff deal with personal and professional problems that might affect their home or work life, health and general wellbeing. 
Go to the Thriving at Oxford website
An inclusion ecosystem approach to building equitable cultures
9 February 2024 | IDRM | 3pm
Dr Doyin Atewologun, Dean of the Rhodes Scholarships at the University of Oxford, will be the guest speaker for the second IDRM EDI Seminar. She is an expert on leadership, diversity, intersectionality and organisational culture.
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Demystifying regrades and University contracts
21 February 2024 | IDRM | 12pm to 2pm
What do you need to do to get promoted/regraded? How can you move from a fixed term contract to an open-ended externally funded contract? The ECR committee are here to address your questions and hear any concerns you have.
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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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Funding and other opportunities
1. The OPEN Seed Fund supports researchers and academics from all departments and faculties across the University to kick-start or deepen collaboration. It is ideal for researchers who are early in the policy engagement process, or are looking to overcome a roadblock in relationship building (this fund does not support new research). Questions regarding the Seed Fund in general, eligibility, or other aspects of the application process, should be addressed to: researchandpublicpolicy@admin.ox.ac.ukClosing date for applications is Monday 22 January, 2024  
2.  The Royal Society is running a pilot fellowship scheme to support researchers from Black heritage to advance in their research career and transition out of studentship into leadership. Fellowships will provide up to £690,000 to undertake a four-year postdoctoral fellowship. Applicants must be from a Black heritage (including mixed Black background), have less than two years’ of postdoctoral experience at the time of starting the award, and be working within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences (biological research, chemistry, engineering, maths and physics). Application deadline is 24 January 2024.
3. The Oxford Martin School has opened its latest round of funding for 2023, inviting expressions of interest for research that are solutions-focused and could have a major impact on current and future generations.  The School is particularly looking for high-risk, high-reward ideas that would not normally be fundable through conventional research funding channels. Please read the full application guidelines and eligibility criteria prior to the development of a formal EoI. The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Tuesday 19 February, 2024.
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Vice-Chancellor's Awards 2024
Nominations are now open for the Vice-Chancellor's Awards 2024.

These awards recognise the achievements and celebrate the success of staff across Oxford University – from our academics and researchers to professional, technical and support staff; whether they are in colleges, divisions, departments, central services, libraries, museums or elsewhere. Nominations close at midday on Monday 19 February and winners will be announced at a special ceremony hosted by the Vice-Chancellor at the Sheldonian Theatre on 8 May. 

For more information and how to enter click here
Shelford Group clinical trials best practice guide
The Shelford Group, which includes Oxford University Hospitals, has just published new best practice guidance to help improve clinical trial set-up processes in the UK, with the aim of reducing timelines and increasing patients’ access to research. The new guide covers the following areas:
  • Establishing a study’s feasibility
  • Confirming a site’s capability and capacity
  • Escalating blockers to study set-up and delivery
  • Establishing strategic communication between sites and sponsors
View the new guide here
Green Action Week- Call for Collaboration

19 to 23 February 2024
Join in with this festival of environmental inspiration and optimism! The week aims to offer a full and exciting programme of environmental events and engagement opportunities.  You are invited to collaborate with this initiative by offering an event or other engagement opportunity during the week. 

More information, examples of events & registration of interest
Spotlight on: The University Club
Get fit and active
This month, after the excesses of the festive season when many are kick-starting their health drive, our spotlight falls on The University Club which provides social, sporting and hospitality activities for all staff, postgraduate alumni and retired staff and associated institutions of the University. The University Club building is located on Mansfield Road, opposite Mansfield College and has various sporting facilities including a Gym and Floodlit 5-aside Football pitch. Why not check it out?
Click here for more information and to get active
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