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Peadiatrics professor recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, and Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity, becomes a Knight Bachelor for services to Public Health, particularly during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Oxford-Harrington Rare Disease Centre initiates first disease priority area: Friedreich’s Ataxia

Department

The Oxford-Harrington Rare Disease Centre is redoubling efforts to develop a therapeutics programme for Friedreich’s Ataxia.

COVID-19 vaccine messaging that focuses on personal benefits is most effective with those who are hesitant

COVID-19

For the one in ten who say they won’t take a COVID-19 vaccine, messaging that focuses on personal rather than collective benefits is more effective.

Preliminary data suggests mixing Covid-19 vaccine increases reactogenicity

COVID-19 Vaccinology

Research, from Com-COV study comparing mixed dosing schedules of Pfizer / Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, shows increase in the frequency of mild-moderate symptoms in those receiving either mixed dosing schedule. Adverse reactions were short-lived, with no other safety concerns. Impact of mixed schedules on immunogenicity unknown as yet, with data to follow from this study.

Oxford vaccine professor: rich countries have a moral duty to share their COVID-19 shots

COVID-19 Vaccinology

Andrew Pollard writes about vaccine equity in his article for The Conversation.

Increasing vaccine uptake among ethnic minorities

COVID-19 Public Engagement Vaccinology

Dr Samantha Vanderslott and Dr Seilesh Kadambari discuss their collaborative approach to providing ethnic minority groups with information on vaccines.

Why we must expand newborn screening

Neuromuscular Diseases Research

Early diagnosis is of primary importance both to obtain the best effect of innovative medications and to accelerate their development, writes Professor Laurent Servais.

Human challenge trial launches to study immune response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccinology

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has now been active for a year, not much is known about what happens when people who have already had COVID-19 are infected for a second time.

Alternating vaccines trial expands to include two additional vaccines

COVID-19 Clinical Trials Vaccinology

Researchers running the Com-Cov study, launched in February to investigate alternating doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine, have today announced that the programme will be extended to include the Moderna and Novavax vaccines in a new study.

UK and EU regulators conclude benefits of vaccination continue to outweigh the risks

COVID-19 Vaccinology

Medical regulators in the UK and Europe have announced their conclusions from their reviews of very rare cases of unusual blood clots in people who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

Oxford University researchers release cheap, quick COVID-19 antibody test

COVID-19

The new easy-to-produce test detects coronavirus spike-protein binding antibodies in people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

AstraZeneca publish primary analysis from US trial of coronavirus vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccinology

Our partners AstraZeneca have today announced the high-level results from the primary analysis of their Phase III trial of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 coronavirus vaccine in the US. They confirm that the vaccine efficacy is consistent with the interim analysis results announced on Monday 22 March 2021.

USA, Chile and Peru interim trial data show Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and highly effective

COVID-19 Vaccinology

- Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine 79% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 overall - Vaccine 100% effective against severe or critical symptomatic COVID-19 - No safety concerns reported

Innovation award for Paediatrics researcher to develop new treatments for childhood cancer

Awards & Appointments Haematology

Associate Professor Andi Roy leads one of the five research teams across the UK that have been awarded the 2021 Cancer Research UK-Children with Cancer UK Innovation Award. The awards, which provide a total of £4.3 million in scientific funding, will allow leading researchers in the field to delve into the biology of children’s and young people’s cancers, with the hope of finding new ways to prevent and treat these complex cancers.

Celebrating Early Careers Researchers on International Women's Day

General

In these short interviews, Anna Kordala and Jane Millar talk about the research they do at the Department of Paediatrics.

Professor Matthew Snape named NIHR Senior Investigator

Awards & Appointments Vaccinology

Four academics supported by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre have been awarded a prestigious national award, among them Matthew Snape from the Oxford Vaccine Group.

Coronavirus vaccination linked to substantial reduction in hospitalisation, real-world data suggests

COVID-19 Research Vaccinology

The first study to describe the effects in real-world communities of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine has been reported in a pre-print publication today, showing a clear reduction in the risk of hospitalisation from COVID-19 amongst those who have received the vaccine.

Oxford University extends COVID-19 vaccine study to children

The University of Oxford, together with three partner sites in London, Southampton and Bristol, is to launch the first study to assess the safety and immune responses in children and young adults of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 coronavirus vaccine.

World Health Organization experts provide guidance on use of the Oxford vaccine

WHO SAGE says Oxford's coronavirus vaccine is safe and likely to be efficacious in older adults, and recommends its use in this age group.

Oxford vaccine effective against major B.1.1.7 ‘Kent’ coronavirus strain circulating in the UK

COVID-19 Research Vaccinology

A preprint of ongoing work to assess effectiveness of Oxford’s ChAdOx1 coronavirus vaccine shows that the existing vaccine has similar efficacy against the B.1.1.7 ‘Kent’ coronavirus strain currently circulating in the UK to previously circulating variants.

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