6 January 2022
Scientists have found evidence that a type of the antibiotic resistant superbug MRSA arose in nature long before the use of antibiotics in humans and livestock, which has traditionally been blamed for its emergence.
15 December 2021
Professor David Macdonald, who has led the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in the Department of Zoology since 1986, will hand over to Amy Dickman in the New Year. Professors Claudio Sillero and Andrew Loveridge will become joint Deputy Directors.
14 December 2021
Scientists have discovered a new potential treatment that has the ability to reverse antibiotic resistance in bacteria that cause conditions such as sepsis, pneumonia, and urinary tract infections.
9 November 2021
Professor Seddon’s Nature-based Solutions Initiative, based in Oxford, researches the effectiveness of nature in fighting the impacts and drivers of climate change. Her advice is sought by governments, UN agencies and businesses.
9 November 2021
An interview with Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Population Biology in the Department of Zoology.
New research provides compelling evidence of the connection between AMR surgical-site infections and arthropods
30 September 2021
AMR could render many of the current mainstay and last-resort antibiotics useless, resulting in many more deaths from previously treatable infections. In 2019, a UN report estimated that drug-resistant microbes could lead to ten million deaths per year, and cost the world $100trn, by 2050.
28 September 2021
New research has revealed that shifts in the timing of egg laying by great tits in response to climate change vary markedly between breeding sites within the same woodland and that this variation is linked to the health of nearby oak trees.
22 September 2021
A partnership between the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) in the Department of Zoology and the Saitama Seibu Lions, a popular professional baseball team in Japan, is realising the team's commitment to support lion conservation, in recognition of the important role of their mascot and namesake, the Lion.
16 September 2021
New research led by the University of Oxford, published in Conservation Letters, has examined the conflict between small-scale fisheries and marine mammals, using the experience of fisheries on the west coast of South America to highlight a worldwide issue.
3 September 2021
A new Oxford University Study, published today, shows that the most recent common ancestor of the SARS-CoV viruses existed more than 21,000 years ago, nearly 30 times older than previous estimates.
Reducing children’s exposure to malaria in their early years substantially cuts the risk of hospitalisation
2 September 2021
For the first time in more than two decades, a team from the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and University of Oxford (including Department of Zoology researchers) have quantified the risk of children suffering severe outcomes from malaria.
17 August 2021
New research from the University of Oxford and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, published in Frontiers in Public Health, uses mathematical modelling to determine the most equitable way to share vaccines between nations.
10 August 2021
Information about the most effective antibiotics to use in low and middle income countries (LMICs) for neonatal sepsis has been discovered uniquely combining epidemiological, genomic and pharmacodynamic data.
28 July 2021
The COVID-19 Alpha (or Kent) variant is not 80% more transmissible, as was originally thought, according to a new study published by researchers at universities including Oxford. But, they warn, the rapid spread of the variant around the UK last year has major implications for the treatment of other variant outbreaks, because it resulted from multiple ‘exports’. It was, in fact, a major ‘super-seeding’ event, with the variant ‘exported’ numerous times from the large outbreak in the Kent/London area.
22 July 2021
Richard K Broughton from the Department of Zoology writes about the Monks Wood Wilderness experiment in an article on The Conversation.