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Major ERC funding awarded to Professor Michael Dustin

Funding General

Professor Michael Dustin and an international team of collaborators have been awarded a €10M grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop a new biotechnology around supramolecular attack particles (SMAPs) engineered to kill cancer cells.

Professor Michael Dustin elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Awards

Recognised for his outstanding contributions to the field of immunology, Michael becomes the fourth Kennedy professor to be elected to the Academy.

Small mechanical forces in immune cells measured at unprecedented sensitivity

Research

Oxford researchers have used advanced microscopy techniques to measure previously unseen forces generated by cells during an immune response; a breakthrough for mechanobiology and future advances in health and disease.

NDORMS researchers awarded for Dupuytren research

Awards

Three NDORMS researchers have received awards from the International Dupuytren Society, a patient organisation that brings together Dupuytren Disease patient societies from across the world.

A new study maps the expression of innate immune receptors during the course of arthritis

The research, which was a collaboration with researchers from Oxford University and Queen Mary University of London and published in Journal of Autoimmunity, looked at changes in receptors known as toll-like receptors (TLRs) in arthritis at different stages of disease.

International Women's Day

It’s International Womens Day! This year’s theme is #Choosetochallenge. We’re celebrating some of the amazing women at NDORMS, and asking them what changes they’d like to see in medical sciences over the next 100 years.

Oxford to collaborate with Janssen to map the cellular landscape of immune mediated disorders

Research

The University of Oxford has entered into a strategic collaboration with Janssen Biotech, Inc., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Versus Arthritis Foundation Fellowship awarded to Dr Kristina Zec

Awards

Dr Kristina Zec has been awarded a Versus Arthritis Foundation Fellowship to investigate the role of products of lipid oxidation produced by synovial macrophages in triggering articular inflammation.

Vascular loss shown to be the primary hallmark of aging

Research

New Research from the Kusumbe group at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology identifies vascular attrition, marked by pericyte to fibroblast differentiation, as a primary hallmark of aging and highlights organ-specific vascular changes with age.

Immunology preprint reviews launched in Nature Reviews Immunology

Research

The Oxford-Mount Sinai (OxMS) Preprint Journal Club has partnered with Nature Reviews Immunology to launch a monthly Preprint Watch column.

Drug may boost vaccine responses in older adults

General Research

A preliminary study shows that a drug which helps immune cells self-clean may improve vaccine protection in older adults

Living reviews launched by Oxford and Cardiff in the wake of COVID-19 research

Research

In a combined effort to help COVID-19 researchers the University of Oxford and Cardiff University have launched a series of “living reviews” in Oxford University Press’s new open access journal “Oxford Open Immunology”.

Oxford University awarded £2.4 million to fund DPhil research in inflammation, immunology and musculoskeletal disease

Awards Funding

Oxford University has today been awarded a £2.4 million grant, as part of the Kennedy Trust MB PhD scheme, to fund undergraduate medical students to undertake DPhil research in the areas of inflammation, immunology and musculoskeletal disease.

3D imaging reveals the role of blood vessels in hormone production

Research

New research from the Kusumbe Group at the Kennedy Institute has shown a direct correlation between age-related decline in capillary and artery numbers and hormone production in the endocrine system.

£3M invested to drive forward early translation through five new Oxford-Bristol Myers Squibb Fellowships

Awards General

Five new Oxford-Bristol Myers Squibb Fellowships representing an investment of £3M have been announced. The fellowships (formerly Oxford-Celgene) will support postdoctoral researchers and clinicians across five departments within the Medical Sciences Division and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, providing an opportunity for them to gain exposure to the field of commercial drug discovery and development.

New breakthrough in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

People with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) could soon benefit from a new drug treatment that not only suppresses inflammation but also significantly reduces patient reported pain scores. Otilimab is a monoclonal antibody, biologic drug, which targets and suppresses the inflammatory cytokine GM-CSF.

Wellcome funding awarded to Oxford team to support research into heart muscle regeneration

Awards Research

An Oxford team from the Centre for Medicines Development, Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics and Radcliffe Department of Medicine led by Professor Jagdeep Nanchahal at the Kennedy Institute has been awarded a Wellcome Innovator Award to develop a first in class therapeutic aimed at regenerating heart muscle after heart attack.

NDORMS researchers make Highly Cited Researchers list

Awards

Professor Gary Collins, Professor Cyrus Cooper, Professor Fiona Powrie and the late Professor Doug Altman have been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers™️ 2020 list from Clarivate.

Professor Katja Simon awarded Wellcome Trust Investigator Award

Awards

Professor Simon has been successful in her Wellcome Trust Investigator Award entitled: “Proteostasis and Autophagy in Immune Senescence.”

NDORMS staff recognised for excellence in teaching and research

Awards

Three NDORMS researchers have been awarded new titles in the University of Oxford's 2020 Recognition of Distinction exercise.

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