Welcome to the new EPSRC Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science Centre for Doctoral Training: Responsible and Reproducible Research, or SABS:R3 for .

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We train doctoral students in cutting-edge, systems approaches to biomedical research — and, uniquely within the UK, also in advanced practices in software engineering. Our goal is to bring about a transformation of the research culture in computational biomedical science.

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Computational methods are now at the heart of biomedical research. From the simulation of the behaviour of complex systems, through the design and automation of laboratory experiments, to the analysis of both small and large-scale data, well-engineered software has proved capable of transforming biomedical science.

SABS:R3 builds on the internationally leading track record of innovative, interdisciplinary scientific training already established by our existing EPSRC & MRC Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science (SABS) CDT programme. The EPSRC SABS Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) was established in 2009 as an open innovation partnership between researchers at the University of Oxford and 13 organizations from across the pharmaceutical and biomedical technologies sectors. In its second incarnation, the EPSRC & MRC SABS CDT has grown now to 22 industrial and non-profit partners. SABS R3's current partners include some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Hear from our students, industrialists, and academics about the SABS programme in this video:

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The new EPSRC SABS:R3 CDT builds on the existing SABS Programme to equip a new generation of researchers with not only the knowledge and methods necessary to undertake quantitative and interdisciplinary biomedical research, but also advanced software engineering skills. By embedding this strong focus on sustainable and open computational methods, together with responsible and reproducible approaches into all aspects of the new programme, our computationally-literate students will work with our partners to become ambassadors helping to transform biomedical research.


Friday, 13th December 2019

This year's ChemBiOx Conference was a resounding success -- to find out more, please see the organizer's report

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 2-4 pm, come and meet the SABS R³ Directors and current students at our annual Open Day. We will be in the Department of Statistics, University of Oxford (24-29 St Giles', Oxford, OX1 3LB). Find out more here.

Monday, 2 September 2019

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has appointed SABS Director Professor Charlotte Deane as Deputy Executive Chair.

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Friday, 9 August, 2019
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© Phil Brooks, OU

Today was the last day of the UNIQ+ Summer School—the University of Oxford's first ever postgraduate access programme. The 33 UNIQ+ Students gathered in the morning in the Mathematical Institute, and gave excellent summaries of their research projects, including the six SABS UNIQ+ Students who spent their first two weeks learning about best practices in software engineering. UNIQ+ is an initiative of SABS R³, and we thank one of our industrial partners, Roche, for their support.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019
UNIQ+ Students attending a tour of New College, Oxford, before their first UNIQ+ Dinner.

The first UNIQ+ Students were taken on a tour of New College, Oxford, before their first UNIQ+ Dinner. They were welcomed by the Warden of New College, and the Vice-Chancellor, Louise Richardson.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Curious about research at Oxford?

The SABS R3 CDT has launched UNIQ+, a pilot six-week Summer School for talented individuals who would find continuing into postgraduate study a challenge, because of socio-economic or financial circumstances. The programme, designed to give the chance to experience what postgraduate study is like at the University of Oxford, will run 1 July to 9 August 2019, and is currently limited to subjects in medical, biological, mathematical, and physical sciences. 

The deadline for applications to the UNIQ+ programme is 12 noon on Monday, 29 April 2019, and you can find out how to apply here.


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