Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (NDOG)
NDOG has a long-standing interest in the fields of reproductive medicine, gynaecological oncology and maternal/perinatal health. There are approximately 110 people working in the department, including senior academic staff, research support staff, clerical and technical staff, and graduate students (including clinicians) carrying out research towards a higher degree. There are also a number of visiting researchers from many parts of the world. The average annual expenditure is approximately £6.5 million, of which over 75% comes from outside sources.
NDOG encompasses multi-disciplinary research across a wide range of important issues in human reproduction and applied basic science. This includes genetic studies; the dissection of molecular, biochemical and cellular mechanisms underlying normal and aberrant reproductive tissue function; understanding the molecular basis of ovarian cancer; clinical studies in women’s health, pregnancy and fetal growth, and epidemiological research. The clinical and laboratory programmes are based in the Women’s Centre and there are collaborations with the School’s Institutes, the University’s Science Departments and with researchers outside Oxford, in the UK and abroad (including the Oxford Tropical Medicine Network). In addition, the research activities of the department have been enormously enhanced over many years as a result of the partnership with the Oxford Fertility Unit, based in the new Institute of Reproductive Sciences, which has led to the creation of a new MSc in Clinical Embryology. NDOG is also the coordinating centre for NHS Evidence - Women’s Health.
NDOG plays a leading role in the Oxford Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Women’s Health Theme. This is a partnership between the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals (ORH) NHS Trust and the University, made possible by a grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under the programme “Best Health for Best Research”. The BRC was founded on 1 April 2007 through a competitively awarded grant of £57.5M over 5 years from the NIHR to facilitate University and NHS researchers working in partnership to translate scientific advances into improved clinical care, assessed by outcomes that are relevant to patients and their families.