Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Unit, full version of the podcast will follow shortly.
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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.
The NPEU will be taking part in the upcoming science festival IF Oxford Science and Ideas
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!
NPEU at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine (SocSocMed), 5th to 7th September
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.
If you'll be attending the conference please come and say hello.
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 Designer Sarah 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.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other unexplained infant death: nearly 5-fold variation in risk between different ethnic groups in England and Wales
There is evidence of large differences between ethnic groups in the risk of unexplained death in infancy, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Mary Kroll, Maria Quigley, Jenny Kurinczuk, Yangmei Li and Jennifer Hollowell at the NPEU, University of Oxford, and Nirupa Dattani at City, University of London, looked at newly-available data for 4.6 million babies born in England and Wales. They found the lowest risk of unexplained death in infancy in Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, White Non-British and Black African babies; intermediate risk in White British babies; and highest risk in Mixed Black-African-White, Mixed Black-Caribbean-White, and Black Caribbean babies.
The disparity of risk did not seem to be explained by patterns of preterm birth, mother’s age, or socio-economic position, and may reflect cultural differences in infant care.
Read the full results in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Sarah Chamberlain is the Graphic & Multimedia Designer for the Unit and we are very proud to announce that she has won the runner-up prize for ELFIN: Save the date in the catergory Research Poster: Innovative Design award at the OxTALENT2018 awards.
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