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WTCHG researchers win public engagement prizes

WTCHG researchers win public engagement prizes

Updated 16/12/2015

Dr Dianne Newbury, group leader at the WTCHG has been awarded the 'Principle Investigator Prize' from the Nuffield Department of Medicine for her work in engaging the public with science.

The Division of Structural Biology, also based at the WTCHG, was also awarded a special "Challenge Fund" prize of £500 to further develop their public engagement programme 

Outreach at the Nuffield Department of Medicine

Outreach at the Nuffield Department of Medicine

Updated 16/12/2015

The Nuffield Department of Medicine, of which the WTCHG is a part, have just released a new video about their committment to public engagement.

Engaging the public with research helps empower people, broadens attitudes to academic research, and ensures that the work we do is relevant to society and its wider social concerns. Establishing a dialogue between researchers and the public means that society can benefit more fully from research outputs.

Agreement to bring whole genome sequencing closer to the clinic

Agreement to bring whole genome sequencing closer to the clinic

Updated 27/10/2015

The University of Oxford has signed a collaboration agreement with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and leading genetic analysis company Genomics plc to carry out a research project focused on the translation of whole genome sequencing into clinical practice. 

Handheld DNA reader revolution

Handheld DNA reader revolution

Updated 20/10/2015

New palm-sized, MiniION sequencer, costing around $1,000, designed to analyse DNA to help track disease outbreaks, check food and offer ‘the democratisation of sequencing’

Genes that protect African children from developing malaria identified

Genes that protect African children from developing malaria identified

Updated 01/10/2015

A study, published this week in Nature, has identified a new locus of resistance to severe malaria. Variations in DNA in this region of the human genome can help protect African children from developing severe malaria, in some cases nearly halving a ...

Endometriosis: the hidden suffering of millions of women.

Endometriosis: the hidden suffering of millions of women.

Updated 28/09/2015
Professor Krina Zondervan's research helps to highlight the often undiagnosed disease that leads to suffering for millions of women.
Genetic history maps centuries of European migration

Genetic history maps centuries of European migration

Updated 22/09/2015
Studying 500,000 genetic markers in 2000 samples, the international team including the Department of Zoology and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics looked at how genes had been exchanged between 1000BCE.......
High-fat diet made Inuits healthier but shorter thanks to gene mutations, study finds

High-fat diet made Inuits healthier but shorter thanks to gene mutations, study finds

Updated 22/09/2015
For evolutionary biologists, the best experiments are those already going on in nature. The different conditions in which humans have lived for tens of thousands of years have made us adapt and change.....
Centre scientists distinguished

Centre scientists distinguished

Updated 13/08/2015

We are delighted to announce that the following have been honoured with Recognition of Distinction awards from the University of Oxford, which carry the title of Professor: Krina Zondervan has been appointed Professor of Reproductive and Genomic ...

First genetic links to clinical depression

First genetic links to clinical depression

Updated 16/07/2015

For the first time, researchers have identified specific genetic clues that might underlie susceptibility to clinical depression. The findings are the result of an international collaboration led by Jonathan Flint of WTCHG and Kenneth Kendler of ...