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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 Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team.

gene therapy operation

Gene therapy for blindness

Cutting edge therapies for eye diseases help improve quality of life, extend the working lives of treated patients, and reduce treatment costs.

Parkinson’s clinic

New ways to measure brain diseases

The OxQUIP project is developing new, more objective ways of measuring symptoms in diseases such as Parkinson’s, in order to speed up diagnosis and the hunt for effective treatments.

children in Nepal

New Vaccine Helps Battle Typhoid

Alarming spread in drug-resistant typhoid may be held back as novel vaccine evaluated by Oxford scientists is rolled out across Asia and Africa.

Chilli

Measuring chilli heat with electrochemistry

The success of University of Oxford chemists in using electrochemical sensing to detect the spiciness of chillies has led to the recent development of new sensors for garlic, turmeric and ginger.

red blood cells

Good Sense

Research from Oxford has revealed details of the chemistry which humans use to sense changes in oxygen availability, opening the way to breakthrough treatments for diseases ranging from anaemia to cancer.

Women Speak Out

Women Speak Out: An Academic-Community Collaboration to Explore the Links Between HIV, Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Among Women with Drug Dependence

Women Speak Out is an academic-community collaboration between Oxford University and the Indonesian Drug Users Network aimed at addressing HIV and gender-based violence among drug-using women in Indonesia.

Professor Mark Howarth

Superglues from Pathogenic Bacteria

Synthetic biology, the engineering of living systems, is likely to generate major changes to society in areas including energy, healthcare and agriculture.

medical equipment

Building Strategic Partnerships in Digital Health

The National Health Service is in crisis. Constrained spending for a population with increasing healthcare demands means it is critical that we adopt innovative strategies for delivering healthcare in the 21st century.

Dr Carl Benedikt Frey

The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation?

In this project, Frey and his team developed a novel approach to measure the exposure of jobs to automation. They did so against a background of the rapidly expanding scope of tasks computer technologies can perform, following recent developments in machine learning and various sub-fields of artificial intelligence.

parents

Parenting for Lifelong Health

Africa has the highest rates of child abuse in the world, but no programmes that have been shown to prevent this. Academics at Oxford University worked with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the University of Cape Town to create and scientifically test a series of free workshops to support families in bringing up their teenagers.

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