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Record high for Oxford University Hospitals research studies

  The number of medical research studies at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has hit a record high, new figures show. The number of studies active in May 2016 was 1,786, up seven per cent from 1,664 in May 2015. The figures – up 222 per cent from 554 in May 2008 – show … Read more

High blood pressure linked to vascular dementia

High blood pressure could significantly raise the risk of developing the second most common form of dementia, according to a new study from The George Institute for Global Health. The medical records of more than four million people were analysed with researchers finding heightened blood pressure was associated with a 62 per cent higher risk … Read more

Electrical brain stimulation could support stroke recovery

Applying an electric current to the brain can help recovery from stroke, Oxford University researchers at the John Radcliffe Hospital have found. A team from Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, led by Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg and Dr Charlotte Stagg, studied the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to support rehabilitation training. The technique … Read more

Blind woman’s joy as she reads the time thanks to “bionic eye”

A patient who is the first in the UK to receive the world’s most advanced “bionic eye” has been able to read the time for the first time in more than five years. The moment Rhian Lewis, 49, realised she had correctly told the time is captured on BBC’s “Trust Me I’m A Doctor”, to … Read more

Oxford Brain Tumour Open Day 2015

On 11 November 2015, there was an open day at the John Radcliffe Hospital for brain tumour patients and carers. The aim was to show what clinical researchers in Oxford are doing to improve diagnosis and care. The event was organised in partnership between the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences and the Cancer Research UK … Read more

Visitors learn about brain research

Visitors to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital learned how blood flows to and around the brain during a tour of medical facilities. The Friday, September 11 tours were part of the Oxford Open Doors programme of events, where city institutions opened to the public. Friday’s two free tours – which were fully booked – was hosted … Read more

Sleep deprivation could reduce intrusive memories of trauma

A good night’s sleep has long been recommended to those who have experienced a traumatic event but an Oxford University-led study provides preliminary experimental work suggesting it could actually be the wrong thing to do. Sleep deprivation might prevent people from consolidating memories of experimental trauma, reducing their tendency to experience flashbacks, according to a … Read more

John Radcliffe visitors see the brain in action

VISITORS and pupils learned how staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital study the brain as part of a series of public events about medical research in Oxfordshire. More than 100 people enjoyed a tour of the Oxford University Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB) on Monday March 16. They visited the control room … Read more

Bionic eyes give us a look into future of medical technology

BIONIC eyes, lung imaging and pregnancy apps were part of an exhibition revealing life-changing research taking place in Oxford. Members of the public had a rare opportunity to meet surgeons, nurses and clinical researchers who are building the next generation of clinical techniques to revolutionise medicine.The Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, based at the Churchill Hospital, … Read more

Remodelling the Brain: an insight into research that could aid stroke recovery

Our brains adapt whenever we learn a new skill, such as juggling and they also adapt after damage such as stroke. In this Oxford Biomedical Research Centre public talk, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Heidi Johansen-Berg shows how brain imaging allows us to watch the brain remodel, reorganise and rewire. Prof Johansen-Berg, a Wellcome Trust Senior … Read more

Expert joins Experimental Neurology Team

Peter Brown has recently been appointed as Professor of Experimental Neurology, Department of Clinical Neurology and as an Honorary Consultant Neurologist within the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust. Professor Brown was attracted from UCL in London to Oxford by the range and volume of innovative work being done here by Professor Tipu Aziz, Head of … Read more

Oxford Ataxia Centre launch

Patients with neurological disorders affecting speech, balance and coordination will get greater access to specialist services and research. The new Oxford Ataxia Centre, launched at the John Radcliffe Hospital in December 2009, is one of only three specialist centres in the UK.  It has been granted formal accreditation by Ataxia UK, the national charity for … Read more