Impact case studies

The Oxford Impacts series celebrates the range of impacts the University has on the world of policy, health, business and culture. All of this is enabled by the world-leading research of Oxford academics. This set of case studies showcases academic research, across a range of subjects, that has had an impact on the world.

If you know of some impact from Oxford research which we should showcase please contact the Innovation and Engagement Team.

Helping the brain to control Parkinson’s

Helping the brain to control Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease may be incurable, but researchers at the University of Oxford are developing stimulation techniques that let the brain help control its symptoms.

Opening the gates of the University's libraries, museums and collections

Opening the gates of the University's libraries, museums and collections

In 2009, the Queen's Anniversary Prize was awarded to the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library and University Library Services for their outstanding quality and high level of public benefit.

Combining cultures

Combining cultures

Taking a traditional Chinese herbal remedy and combining it with western medicine has led to the development and distribution of Artemisinin Combination Therapy, the worlds number one treatment for malaria.

Preventing strokes

Preventing strokes

Two projects led by Professor Peter Rothwell, from the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford, are leading to major improvements in the effectiveness of stroke prevention.

The secret life of the seabird

The loneliness of the long-distance seabird

An integrated method of tracking small seabirds pioneered by University of Oxford zoologists is providing valuable information about both the health of the oceans and how best to protect vulnerable species.

Digitising Jane Austen's fiction manuscripts

Digitising Jane Austen's fiction manuscripts

For the first time since 1845, Austen's handwritten manuscripts have been reunited, thanks to digital technology.

Reducing toxic mercury emissions

Influencing global policy on mercury

University of Oxford earth scientists with diverse expertise have combined their knowledge to inform national and international policy on mercury, one of the most dangerous environmental pollutants.

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