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Alice in Typhoidland: Join Lewis Carroll’s Alice on a journey through the story of typhoid, from Victorian sewer systems to cutting-edge scientific research

Public Engagement Vaccinology

A new exhibition tells the story of Oxford’s role in the fight against typhoid, from pioneering efforts to eliminate typhoid in the era of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to game-changing present-day vaccine trials

Harrington Rare Diseases Scholar Award

FUNDING ALERT: The Harrington Discovery Institute are welcoming proposals to advance innovative research in the rare disease space. Deadline: Monday 2 March

IDRM ground-breaking – work gets underway!

Department Immunology

Work will shortly be underway on the new IMS-Tetsuya Nakamura Building, home to the new Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine at Old Road Campus. The formal ground-breaking ceremony, which took place towards the end of last year, was organised by the Department of Paediatrics in collaboration with the Medical Sciences Development team.

Typhoid vaccine over 81% effective in tackling disease in Nepal

Research Vaccinology

A large field study of typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) in Nepal has shown a single dose to be safe and effective in reducing typhoid in children aged 9 months to <16 years in an endemic setting.

A new research centre tackles neuromuscular diseases

Awards & Appointments Children's Health

The launch of the MDUK Oxford Neuromuscular Centre marks an exciting new stage in the partnership between Muscular Dystrophy UK and the University of Oxford, with the goal of delivering new experimental medicines and developing enhanced clinical trial capacity in adult and paediatric neuromuscular diseases.

New design of ‘bike helmet’ style brain scanner used with children for first time

Neuroimaging Publication Research Methods

A new wearable ‘bike helmet’ style brain scanner, that allows natural movement during scanning, has been used in a study with young children for the first time. This marks an important step towards improving our understanding of brain development in childhood.

International neglect of typhoid outside rich countries threatens a new global health emergency


The emergence of untreatable strains of typhoid threatens a new global health emergency that requires urgent collective action, argue experts from Paediatrics and the Oxford Martin School in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Is mandatory vaccination the best way to tackle falling rates of childhood immunisation?

Public Engagement Vaccinology

Following the publication of figures showing UK childhood vaccination rates have fallen for the fifth year in a row, researchers from Paediatrics and the Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease discuss possible responses.

Professor Pollard among the world's most distinguished paediatricians

Awards & Appointments Vaccinology

Congratulations to Professor Andrew Pollard, named as one of three 2019 Rosén von Rosenstein laureates.

A call for blood and iron

Publication Research

Dr Sarah Atkinson’s research team investigates whether an iron export mutation in African populations can protect from anaemia, malaria and bacterial infections.

Childhood ALL: Same same but different!

Children's Health

For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Prof. Andi Roy explains current challenges in the treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and how research is trying to tackle them.

First steps towards treating myotonic dystrophy type 1

Publication Research

Collaborative research between teams from the Department of Paediatrics and the Institut de Myologie shows how antisense oligonucleotides can penetrate muscles to treat myotonic dystrophy type 1, a rare muscle disease.

Fellowship success for Paediatrics researcher

Awards & Appointments

Many congratulations to Prof Andi Roy who was awarded a fellowship to further develop her independent research.

Solving the riddle of the typhoid toxin


Salmonella Typhi bacteria can invade the intestines and blood and lead to a disease called typhoid fever – a disease that affects around 11 million people each year globally.

The global value of vaccination

Children's Health Vaccinology

We recently worked with Mediaplanet on the 2019 Health Awareness: Value of Vaccines campaign. The campaign features exclusive content from key thought leaders and industry voices about the critical importance of full immunisation throughout life.

Should vaccines be made compulsory?


Dr Samantha Vanderslott (Oxford Vaccine Group), Dr Eleanor Draeger (sexual health expert and medical writer), and Professor Beate Kampmann (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) debate compulsory vaccination. Presented by Philippa Thomas on BBC World service.

The key to better childhood vaccines might be in our DNA

Publication Research Vaccinology

PBS features Daniel O'Connor's research on how children's genetic profiles affect their immunity.

Professor Irene Roberts recognised for mentorship role

Awards & Appointments Haematology

Many congratulations to Prof Irene Roberts, recipient of the European Hematology Association (EHA) Education & Mentoring Award 2019.

Paediatrics celebrates International Clinical Trials Day

Sign up to take part in our clinical trials, talk to the research staff, or simply enjoy a Microbe Mugshot Match or a Game of Crohn's (Disease).

How was typhoid eliminated in the past?

Drs Samantha Vanderslott and Claas Kirchhelle introduce their typhoid history research and 'Alice in Typhoidland' public engagement project. This work delves into the history of typhoid in Oxford and highlights why typhoid is still a major global health problem needing both water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions alongside vaccines.

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