This year marks 40 years since the foundation of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford.
To celebrate this significant achievement we are holding a symposium and drinks reception for staff, former staff and our many colleagues and collaborators, at the Museum of Natural History on Thursday 11th October 2018. The theme of the event will be "The big issues in maternal and child health. Forty years on – are there any questions left to answer?"
We are looking forward to welcoming invited guests, and taking the opportunity to thank the many people who have helped to make possible the work that we do.
We shall be presenting a table-top game called 'What Confuses Epidemiologists?' which allows the public to conduct a hands-on population study from scratch to find out what indeed confuses epidemiologists!
We shall be exhibiting at:
Broad Street, Friday 12th October, noon to 6 p.m. (Big Ideas on Broad Street)
The Oxford Academy, Littlemore, Sunday 21st October, noon to 5 p.m. (Littlemore Life Lab)
If you'll be in the area, please come and say hello!
Mary Kroll and Neora Alterman will be presenting their research at this year's Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine in Glasgow this week.
Mary will talk about survival of preterm babies in England and Wales and present findings from her study which explored whether the chances of survival after preterm birth differ between ethnic and socio-economic groups.
Neora's talk will explore evidence for the association between mode of delivery and childhood wheezing.
The recruitment phase of the PITCHES Trial has ended at midnight on 22nd August 2018, ahead of target and time. Many thanks to the trial participants and the hard working teams at the trial sites including research midwives, nursing staff, doctors and principal investigators.
In February 2018, an international team including Professor Fiona Alderdice, Senior Social Scientist at the NPEU, published a systematic review “Interventions to prevent hypothermia at birth in preterm and/or low birth weight infants” looking at how effective and safe the interventions used to prevent hypothermia in preterm and low birth weight babies are. Now the team have produced a simple infographic, designed by Graphic & Multimedia DesignerSarah Chamberlain, to convey the key findings of the paper clearly and quickly to those who care for preterm babies. It is also the first infographic to be published on the Cochrane Neonatal website.
An NPEU study presented at the Spanish Health Economics conference in June has won the award for Best Oral Presentation. Senior Health Economist Oliver Rivero-Arias presented the paper “Healthcare and Wider Societal Implications of Stillbirth: A Population-Based Cost of Illness Study”, a collaboration involving the NPEU researchers Oliver Rivero-Arias, Helen Campbell and Jenny Kurinczuk. The study, published earlier this year in BJOG, found that the costs of stillbirth are significant, affecting the health service, parents, professionals, and society with the annual UK cost for all stillbirths at £724 million.
The prize fund of £1,300 will be donated to Sands stillbirth & neonatal death charity with whom the team collaborated during the study.