IT Services

Medical Sciences Resources


1. Oxford Links


MSDLT ( is a small team of software developers which helps staff and students in the Medical Sciences Division to use technology effectively for teaching and learning. For support with existing systems (e.g online assessment, WebLearn) or to discuss potential new educational technology ideas, please contact


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Diabetes stories : personal tales of diabetes through the decades - A database of interviews conducted with 50 people diagnosed with diabetes between 1927 and 1997. The website presents the interviews as both an oral history and a qualitative research study aimed at both the general public and researchers. There are biographical details about each interviewee as well as full transcripts and audio recordings for each interview. The transcripts can be searched by word or the collection can be browsed by decade, subject or participant.


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EBM toolbox - The EBM Toolbox is a collection of clinical tools for practitioners of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). The EBM Toolbox has been developed by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Oxford and contains generic EBM resources, specific tools and data. Samples of NNTs, SpPINS, SnNouts, likelihood ratios, prognosis, and pre-test probabilities are provided.


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Critical Appraisal Tools - Useful tools and downloads for the critical appraisal of medical evidence. Example appraisal sheets are provided together with several helpful examples. You can download calculators, as well as a PC-based software tool CATmaker.


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Medical Sciences Division

1.6. Podcasts: available at

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Cancer in the Developing World - This podcast series examines cancer in the developing world, and the research and work being done by Oxford University and spin-out organisations such as AfrOx and IndOx to improve cancer prevention and treatment.

Department of Biochemistry - Video podcasts from the Department of Biochemistry.

Richard Doll Seminars in Public Health and Epidemiology - A series of lectures on Epidemiology and Public Health, given in honour of Sir Richard Doll. This seminar series is organised by the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford.

Irene Tracey on FMRI and Pain - Until recently it has been difficult to obtain reliable objective information from normal subjects and patients regarding their subjective pain experience. Relating specific neurophysiologic markers to perceptual changes induced by sensitisation, behavioural or pharmacological mechanisms and identifying their site of action within the CNS has been a major goal for scientists, clinicians and the pharmaceutical industry. With the advent of functional neuroimaging methods, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and electroencephalography (EEG) this has been made feasible.

2. National Links


2.2. HEA Subject Centre Blogs

Health Sciences and Practice