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Public Engagement

From the Town Hall, through pubs, up to shopping centres – throughout October, teams from Paediatrics have been showcasing their work all over Oxford as part of the Ideas Festival.

Halting the spread of salmonella


There are between 11 and 27 million estimated cases of enteric fever worldwide every year, and 75,000–220,000 deaths. Could vaccination stop the spread of these diesases in the environment?

Vaccinations and the fight against poverty

Public Engagement

What does it mean to be poor in the UK and around the world? Could we eliminate this kind of inequality or is it an unavoidable part of society? This needs a lot more thought...

Pregnant women invited to take part in pioneering diabetes prevention research


Dr Matthew Snape leads a study investigating if giving small amounts of oral insulin to babies can prevent type 1 diabetes, thus allowing mothers to protect their children from injecting insulin.

NHS features the Meningitis B vaccine in its "70 years, 70 discoveries" campaign

Public Engagement Research

The National Health Service named Oxford Vaccine Group’s Meningitis B vaccination programme one of the 70 most transformative discoveries over the past 70 years.

International Clinical Trials Day at the Children's Hospital

Why do we celebrate the International Clinical Trials Day?

How do vaccines work?

To understand how vaccines work, it helps to look first at how the immune system works, because vaccines harness the natural activity of your immune system. This short animation explains how vaccines enable the body to make the right sort of antibodies to fight a particular disease.

Support for a new typhoid vaccine

Typhoid has been virtually eliminated in industrialised nations, but the disease still kills more than 140,000 people annually in developing countries. With the alarming spread of drug-resistant typhoid across Africa and Asia, this number could continue to rise.

Launching a typhoid vaccine study in Nepal


On November 20, 2017, the Typhoid Vaccine Acceleration Consortium (TyVAC) vaccinated the first of 20,000 children against typhoid, successfully launching a study to assess the impact of typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) in preventing typhoid among children in Nepal.

A third of health practitioners do not get vaccinated against flu

Flu vaccination uptake amongst healthcare workers in England is below the NHS target of 75%. Reasons may include mixed views on the vaccine’s effectiveness, side effects and belief they are unlikely to catch or transmit flu. Andrew J. Pollard, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Paediatrics, provided an expert commentary on a recent study investigating this phenomenon.

Oxford Vaccine Group leads meningitis vaccine trial for teenagers

Public Engagement Research

Researchers are working with schools around the county to find 24,000 volunteers aged 16 to 18 years to take part in the Be on the TEAM (Teenagers Against Meningitis) trial, led by the Oxford Vaccine Group at the Oxford University's Paediatrics Department with funding and support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Be on the TEAM: TEenagers Against Meningitis

Public Engagement Research

The Oxford Vaccine Group are inviting students in school year 12 to take part in a research project to understand whether immunising teenagers with vaccines against ‘Meningitis B’ could protect them and the rest of the community against these potentially deadly bacteria. This is a national study involving 24 000 year 12 students across the United Kingdom. Teenagers at participating schools are being asked to take part by local research teams involved.

Medical Sciences heads to the Big Bang Fair

Public Engagement

Researchers from NDORMS, the Department of Oncology and Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics attend the Big Bang Fair 2018 to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Mildred Iro wins best paediatrics paper of 2017!

Awards & Appointments Publication Research

Mildred Iro, a Paediatric Research Fellow working with the Oxford Vaccine Group, won the Lorber Prize for the best paediatric publication of 2017 for her work on childhood encephalitis admissions.

Typhoid vaccine set to have 'huge impact'

General Research

A new vaccine that could prevent up to nine-in-10 cases of typhoid fever has been recommended by the World Health Organization. By James Gallagher, Health and science reporter, BBC News website

New technology could allow multiple vaccines to be delivered in single jab


A new technique allowing drugs or vaccines to be encapsulated within tiny biodegradable particles could see an end booster jabs

OSPREA and OVG's recruitment success for study of maternal vaccines against RSV

General Research

The Oxford Safer Pregnancy Alliance [OSPREA] and the Oxford Vaccine Group [OVG] have recently undertaken a successful recruitment drive for a study of maternal immunisation to prevent infant Respiratory Syncytial Virus [RSV] infection.

Winners at the Thames Valley Health Research Awards

General Public Engagement Research

Hannah Robinson and Sarah Loving from the Department of Paediatrics were recognised in the annual awards hosted by the Thames Valley Clinical Research Network

Good news in the fight against typhoid: new vaccine study shows promising results


Byline: Andrew Pollard and Katherine Theiss-Nyland, Oxford Vaccine Group, Oxford University

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