No. 4437 Thursday 15 May 1997 Vol. 127

New gene therapy to target resistant cancers : Scientists at the Institute of Molecular Medicine have discovered a new approach in gene therapy with the potential to treat cancerous tumours that become resistant to drug and radiotherapy treatments.

Inquiry called on city traffic plans : Radical proposals to remove traffic from Oxford city centre will now be examined by a full public inquiry, following a decision by Oxfordshire County Council, the local traffic authority.

Sleep-out helps homeless in Oxford : The University Marshal, Mr Ted Roberts, joined seventy undergraduates sleeping `rough' in the University Parks on Saturday, 3 May, to raise money for homeless charities in Oxford.

Oxford standard raised in Atlanta : A`trinity Gathering' of alumni from across the south-eastern and mid-Atlantic United States was held in Atlanta on April 25–7 to promote fellowship among Oxonians, and enrich US alumni ties with the University.

Engineers get high marks for teaching : The Department of Engineering Science has scored 23 points out of a possible 24 in the Teaching Quality Assessment (TQA) recently completed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Arthurian romance links Oxford and Bonn : Germanists from Bonn were welcomed to Oxford last week (5–11 May) for the ninth Oxford–Bonn Colloquium to debate German Arthurian romances, a fitting subject to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the twinnning of the cities of Oxford and Bonn.

Physiology award: Scientists at the Department of Physiology have received a £146,500 grant from the British Heart Foundation to fund a three-year research project into the study of abnormal heartbeats. The team, under Dr Kathryn Ryder, will investigate two closely linked heart diseases, hypertrophy and heart failure.

Technology transfer seminar: A seminar at the Oxford Science Park on 16 April focused on technology transfer. Industrialists and academics heard presentations from British Biotechnology, Oxford Lasers, a technology transfer lawyer, and Dr David Thomas of Isis Innovation. The seminar was organised by the Chamber of Commerce under its RESBIG—REsearch and Science Based Industry Group—series.

Professor Christopher Higgins: Professor Christopher Higgins, Nuffield Professor of Clinical Biochemistry, has been appointed as a Member of the Council for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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