Frideswide: A New Artificial Intelligence Algorithm to Deliver a Safer Care

Clinical audit is a quality improvement process aiming to find a solution to the problem or to make the health system more efficient and safe. The continuous cycle of audits and re-audits ensures that the hospital improves its delivery of care on a regular basis.


This comes at a huge cost.

An audit needs to be completed manually by a large number of staff involved in entering the data, analysing it, reporting and implementing its findings. The hours spent on compiling and audit are hours lost to the frontline health service and that puts an extra burden on a cash-strapped health service.


A helping hand of a computer.

What if we could use a super smart machine to take the burden off our NHS? Three young scientists from the University of Bristol (UK) developed a new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based algorithm that can achieve just that.

The findings of their simulation experiment have just been published in the International Journal of Surgery earlier this month. In this hot off the press article, they proved that the algorithm makes the process quicker, cheaper and pain-free.


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21 grams that destroyed the universe.

MY LORD I have learned with the greatest regret today that our honorary fellow, Prof Jerzy Vetulani has unfortunately passed away, shortly after 9 pm Oxford time on Thursday. I am sure that the whole House would like to join me in sharing the condolences with the family of Prof Vetulani on this very sad day.


Prof Vetulani was a true hero of our times: bravely defending the basic sciences of neurology and psychology, engaging with the public and inspiring generations of young doctors and scientists.


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Prof Jerzy Vetulani Awarded an Honorary Fellowship

The Prefect and the Convocation House of the Oxford Neurological Society, upon application of the Fellow for Honours, decided to confer the award of the Honorary Fellowship on prof Jerzy Adam Gracjan Vetulani, a distinguished neuropsychobiologist affiliated with the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and the Institute of Pharmacology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.


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Thank you and farewell – Interview with departing president

Mr Schpackenbaum, first of all, let me thank you for agreeing to this interview, especially given your tight schedule. You are a very experienced member of the Society, and you have seen it evolving across many years. What was the most prominent change?

Christopher Schpackenbaum, FNS (CS): If I were to compare the Society now, in 2016, to what it was in 1956, it is actually not that different at all! The world has changed immensely, but because the society was always designed to keep up with the change, challenge the status quo and be very sceptical to the current state of mind, it managed to secure its freshness of mind and scientific reasoning. I appreciate the average age of our distinguished House has quite deteriorated since Coronation, but just as Her Majesty, we are doing very well indeed!

With the advent of the ICT, social media and computerised health service, we faced major challenges. Not all of us could easily modernise to the paperless communication, publishing on the websites or setting up Twitter accounts. I guess we still need some major improvement in these areas. I cannot emphasise it enough, however, that the world outside the Net does exist! And it is much more interesting and vivid, if you ask me.


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Oxford Neurosoc Online

Oxford Neurosoc Online is the new service available to our Members. You can use 30GB of Google Drive space, collaborate with others on Sheets, Docs or Slides, share calendars and group lists, and use Hangouts for calls, chats and streaming.

We will seek to expand this service in the forthcoming months, so please do share your suggestions and indeed any feedback you may have at

Your login will be your email address at If you wish to obtain this address or have any technical problems, please contact us at

The login button will be displayed on the right-hand side of the website, just under the social networking links.



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The Society supports AllTrials Initiative – Sign the petition today!

It’s time all clinical trial results are reported.

Patients, researchers, pharmacists, doctors and regulators everywhere will benefit from publication of clinical trial results. Wherever you are in the world please sign the petition:

Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered.

Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated.

All trials past and present should be registered, and the full methods and the results reported.

We call on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this.

Sign the petition today and support our common cause. 


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