New partnership to accelerate arthritis therapy

The University of Birmingham will be partnering with the University of Oxford to speed up the development of new treatments for arthritis. This has been supported by a £7 million investment from the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research. The partnership will be based at the Institute of Translational Medicine in Birmingham and the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at Oxford and will harness the existing research strengths of both universities in order to accelerate the development … Continue reading “New partnership to accelerate arthritis therapy”

New nerve regeneration technique to be trialled at QEHB

An innovative new technique to repair the nerves of people who have suffered serious hand injuries is to be trialled on patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) – part of Birmingham Health Partners. The CONNECT (COnduit Nerve approximation versus Neurorrhaphy Evaluation of Clinical outcome Trial) study will evaluate the benefits of using “tensionless repair” to improve the quality of nerve regeneration in injured patients. The process involves using a biodegradable nerve guide to assist … Continue reading “New nerve regeneration technique to be trialled at QEHB”

New trial to examine use of pre-hospital blood products

Birmingham-based researchers are conducting a ground-breaking new study to investigate the effectiveness of giving patients blood products immediately after a major injury or trauma – before they reach hospital. Currently when patients have been injured and are bleeding, either clear fluids or blood products may be used to replace lost blood en-route to hospital – but the approach varies by region. This variation occurs because the effectiveness of giving blood products, such as packed red … Continue reading “New trial to examine use of pre-hospital blood products”

Birmingham scientists get multi-million pound boost from Cancer Research UK

Birmingham scientists are set to receive a major cash injection from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) as part of a national drive to accelerate advances in early detection and treatment. Experts at the CRUK Birmingham Centre will receive around £5 million over the next five years for their ground-breaking work, as part of the development of a unique chain of cutting-edge research hubs around the UK. A further £2 million will be spent on continuing research at … Continue reading “Birmingham scientists get multi-million pound boost from Cancer Research UK”

Birmingham Health Partners to receive huge £12.8m for clinical research

Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) has been awarded a grant of £12.8 million from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for the renewal of their Clinical Research Facility (CRF). The £12.8 million renewal of the CRF is the largest awarded by the NIHR this year, and will enable patients across Birmingham to continue to take part in experimental and complex clinical research studies.  The CRF supports clinical researchers from universities and NHS Trusts to work together on … Continue reading “Birmingham Health Partners to receive huge £12.8m for clinical research”