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Study suggests immune system plays key role in survival after pancreatic cancer surgery
Study suggests immune system plays key role in survival after pancreatic cancer surgery 12 February 2019:  Researchers in Oxford have found that an individual’s immune system – and in particular the presence of T-cells amongst tumour cells - may play an important role in survival after surgery to...
 
10-Year Partnership with Genesis Care
GenesisCare and the University of Oxford establish innovative 10-year research partnership to improve diagnosis and care for people with cancer.   7 February 2019: Today GenesisCare and the University of Oxford’s Department of Oncology announce the launch of an exclusive 10-year partnership to...
 
The Researcher and the Frog
Readers will remember the blog from Timo Reislander, who wrote about his time spent with the FROG group; in this guest blog we hear from Jean, Co-ordinator of the FROG   Blog posted by Jean Simmons, Co-ordinator of FROG – Friends of Renal Oncology Group Timo’s posting shows that his visit to FROG...
 
Calculating age with DNA
Blog posted by: Hira Javaid, DPhil student   How would you react if I told you I could calculate your age if I took a sample of your blood? I wouldn’t be lying! Every day our cells are exposed to damaging agents that can cause harmful changes which accumulate over time and lead to ageing related...
 
New Director of the MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology
The Department of Oncology is pleased to announce that Professor Amato J Giaccia has been appointed as the new Director of the MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology (OIRO). Professor Giaccia joins the Department after many successful years as Director of the Division of Radiation & Cancer...
 
Engaging the public is not just for researchers
Blog posted by: Jackie Parker, Accounts Officer Researchers are always encouraged to reach out and tell the story of their work outside the University. Researchers should not have all the fun! Although I currently work in Accounts, my degree is in Human Biology. Once a scientist always a scientist...
 
Professor Sir David Weatherall
Blog posted by: Professor Adrian Harris, Group Leader in the Department of Oncology I was a Final Year medical student when David Weatherall was appointed Professor of Haematology in Liverpool University in 1973.  He was an outstanding Lecturer, extremely popular with the students and helped to...
 
Characterising an insulin-like growth factor (IGF) signature for early detection/risk reduction of cancer
Researchers in the Department of Oncology have secured funding to characterise an insulin-like growth factor (IGF) signature for early detection and risk reduction of cancer. Dr Valentine Macaulay and Dr Guillaume Rieunier have been awarded a 3-year CRUK Early Detection project grant (~£400k) to...
 
News coverage for Drs Kerry Fisher and Joshua Freedman
Research by Dr Kerry Fisher and Dr Joshua Freedman was covered by The Independent and The Sun on 19 November.  One of the problems we face in killing tumours is that the tumours often recruit healthy cells to help them grow and to protect them from attack.  In this case tumours often recruit...
 
Cancer Immunologists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine
Blog posted by: Eleanor Scott, DPhil student   Researchers James Allison and Tasuku Honjo have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for their pioneering work on cancer immunotherapy. Hailed as a revolution in the treatment of cancer, immunotherapy works by boosting the body’s natural...
 
Employer Award from Science Oxford
The Department of Oncology has been awarded a Bronze Employer Award from Science Oxford for our contributions to STEM week in 2018. Engaging young people with our science provides a valuable link between their school studies and the real-world uses of science.  We were able to help students...
 
Oxford secures Innovate UK funding to use AI to improve diagnosis
Greg Clark, UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will confirm today (Tuesday 6 November) that UK Research and Innovation will invest £10million in the National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging (NCIMI), to be led from Oxford University as part of the...
 
Entering a world of computer powered research - 176 years after Ada Lovelace
Blog posted by: Sylvana Hassanieh, DPhil student In October 1843 Ada Lovelace published a set of notes which included a description of an algorithm to compute Bernoulli numbers on Charles Babbage’s analytical engine. Ada Lovelace Day in early October celebrates the achievements of women in science...
 
An evening with local patients
Blog posted by: Timo Reislander, DPhil student We work in cancer research.  When all the lab work is done, our dream is that the long hours will lead to a change in cancer treatment and a better outcome for those who have to take the cancer journey. Research is a scientific business often driven by...
 
Andrew Blackford and Simon Lord become the first Against Breast Cancer Research Fellows at Oriel College
Department of Oncology researchers Dr Andrew Blackford and Dr Simon Lord have been appointed as Fellows of Oriel College. The Research Fellowships, which provide research support for the UK’s leading scientists and clinicians working in the area of breast cancer research, were launched this year by...
 
Dr Serena Lucotti receives Italy Made Me prize
 
UNIQ Summer School - practical tutoring through the eyes of a DPhil student
 
UNIQ Summer School 2018
 
Congratulations to our new Professors
 
AspECT Trial - ASCO Chicago 2018
 
Congratulations to student prize winners
 
Focussed ultrasound and nanomedicine offer new hope for improving effects of cancer drugs.
 
Science in the park – a day out at Malvern Park
 
Science on the road - a week of engagement
 
Science in the shopping centre
 
Supporting wider participation in science and Oxford
 
6th Annual Department of Oncology Postdoc Away Day
 
Professor Gillies McKenna receives 2018 Breur Award
 
Widening access to Oxford
 
Dr Xiao Wan awarded NC3Rs fellowship
 
Grant success for pancreatic cancer research
 
STEM for Britain silver medal success for James Larkin
 
Taking part – a researchers view of the Big Bang Fair
 
Cancer vaccine firm Oxford Vacmedix closes $12.5m Series A funding
 
Days by the sea – a weekend of chocolate and radiotherapy
 
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