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Novartis and Big Data Institute in world-leading research alliance

24 Jan 19

Novartis and the University of Oxford’s Bid Data Institute are to establish a world-leading research alliance using artificial intelligence to understand complex diseases and improve drug development. For the entire press release please see here

Statistics of the Year 2018: Winners Announced

20 Dec 18

The winner of the international prize was the statistic that 90.5% of plastic has never been recycled. The winner of the UK prize was the statistic that 28.7% of all electricity produced in the UK on 30th June 2018 came from solar power. There were also eight highly commended statistics. Read the press release here. Jen Rogers, who was on the judging panel, spoke abo...

AI and drug discovery: a potential game changer?

11 Dec 18

Professor Charlotte Deane has written a piece for the University of Oxford’s AI micro-site on the topic of AI and drug discovery. Read the full piece here on the University of Oxford’s research pages. There will also be a print version.

Gesine Reinert elected Chair of RSS Applied Probability

04 Dec 18

Professor Gesine Reinert has been elected Chair of the RSS Applied Probability Section. Her term of office will start 1st January 2019.

CSML Group NeurlPS 2018 Workshop participation

04 Dec 18

Members of the CSML group are organising and participating in a number of NeurlPS 2018 workshops and a co-located symposium. See here for a list of participants and the talks taking place. See here for a list of paper co-authored by members of the group that have been acc...

Bovine TB in the news

16 Nov 18

Christl Donnelly is part of the team who published A strategy for achieving Bovine Tuberculosis Free Status for England: 2018 review: Report to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State, Defra on 13th November 2018. A press briefing took place at Science Media Centre on 13th November 2018. In February 2018, an independent review was commissioned to review the strategy for achieving Officially Bovine Tuberculosis Free (OTF) status in England by 201...

2018 RCSB PDB Poster Prize for Student Presentations

07 Nov 18

At this year’s meeting of the 2018 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) Conference, the award went to Fergus Boyles for Learning from the ligand: improving binding affinity prediction using molecular descriptors (Fergus Boyles, Charlotte Deane, Garrett Morris, University of Oxford, United Kingdom). Many thanks to Co-Chairs Casey Greene (University of Pennsylvan...

Oxford Protein Informatics Group create Computational Antibody Design Tools

22 Jun 18

  Antibodies are produced by white blood cells to destroy pathogens, which can be in the form of bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms that can cause disease. Pathogens contain chemicals that are foreign to the body called antigens. Each type of antibody ‘fits’ a certain antigen, so each antibody therapeutic drug has to be engineered against a certain antigen. The computational tools developed by Professor Deane’s group can be exploited in the initial phase…

Christl Donnelly to take up Professorship of Applied Statistics

16 Jan 18

  The Department of Statistics is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Christl Donnelly CBE FMedSci FRS to the Chair of Applied Statistics. Professor Donnelly will take up the post with effect from 1st August 2018 and will be a fellow of St Peter’s College. Christl Donnelly is a statistician and epidemiologist studying the spread and control of infectious diseases, with a particular ...

Knighthood for Professor Bernard Silverman

30 Dec 17

Bernard Silverman, Emeritus Professor of Statistics at Oxford University and lately Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office, has been knighted in the New Year Honours List 2018 for public service and services to Science. Sir Bernard Silverman FRS