Birmingham researchers devise test to predict sepsis in burns patients

Researchers have created a potentially life-saving new test that will allow clinicians to predict which burn victims will develop sepsis during their treatment. Their findings, published in Annals of Surgery, show that using just three biomarkers of neutrophil (white blood cells) function on the day of injury can determine which patients with major burn injuries are likely to become septic. In addition to its potential as a diagnostic marker for sepsis, the data highlights burn-induced … Continue reading “Birmingham researchers devise test to predict sepsis in burns patients”

International acclaim for lung disease research

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) research nurse Diane Griffiths has received international acclaim for her research into chronic lung disease. Diane’s investigation into the potential link between lung and heart disease was judged the best academic research project by a nurse at the American Thoracic Society Annual Conference, in San Francisco in May 2016, earning her a bursary prize. Since 2001 Diane, who is also affiliated with the University of Birmingham’s Institute of … Continue reading “International acclaim for lung disease research”

Young Coloproctologist of the Year

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) registrar Andrew Beggs has been named as the first ever Young Coloproctologist of the Year. He will become the face of the Association of Coloproctologists of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) until July 2017, acting as an ambassador for the profession at various events and promoting awareness and research. Competition for the prestigious new role from all over the country was whittled down to just three finalists who … Continue reading “Young Coloproctologist of the Year”