University of Oxford

Uniquely large-scale medical studies: preventing disability and prolonging life


The University has conducted uniquely large-scale studies into the prevention and treatment of cancer, vascular disease and other life-threatening chronic conditions. These projects typically involve extensive collaboration between many investigators not only in the UK but also throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. By studying the causes and treatment of disease in a range of settings, the findings can be widely generalised to different populations throughout the world. The clear results that have emerged from these studies have led to substantial changes in public health policies and treatment strategies worldwide — saving hundreds of thousands of lives and preventing serious disability.