Prize-winning concussion study could transform sports safety

A project that could revolutionise how sports-related concussion injuries are diagnosed recently won the prestigious Sankey prize. The REpetitive COncussion in Sport (RECOS) project, led by researchers at the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) and University of Birmingham, could help create a test that can be performed pitch-side and objectively determine if a player has been concussed. The Sankey prize, awarded by the Birmingham Sankey society in honour of a famous surgeon, … Continue reading “Prize-winning concussion study could transform sports safety”

Innovative eye researchers shortlisted for healthcare innovation award

Professor Alastair Denniston, consultant ophthalmologist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), and his team have been shortlisted for a prestigious award celebrating the best healthcare innovations in the West Midlands. The team, led by Prof Denniston who works across Birmingham Health Partners members UHB and the University of Birmingham, also includes colleagues based at City University London and Moorfields Eye Hospital. They have been nominated in the Advanced Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine Award category … Continue reading “Innovative eye researchers shortlisted for healthcare innovation award”

Arthritis event showcases BEACON trial

A recent event held at the University of Birmingham’s Medical School, highlighted the benefits of a study focusing on the early phases of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The academic seminar was a celebration of BEACON (Birmingham Early Arthritis Cohort), a major study aimed at discovering predictors for those with early arthritis, potentially meaning RA could be prevented in the future. The study looks at multiple factors in its participants, ranging from ultrasound scans of the joint, … Continue reading “Arthritis event showcases BEACON trial”

Clinical Academic event celebrates NHS Research

A recent BHP-hosted event saw nearly 100 clinical staff join us to discover the patient benefits of research – and how they can get involved at their own Trusts. The second annual Midlands and East of England ‘Celebrating Multidisciplinary Research in the NHS’ event was funded by Health Education England, and featured a number of high profile national figures including Derek Stewart OBE, NIHR Clinical Research Network’s Associate Director for Involvement & Engagement, who inspired … Continue reading “Clinical Academic event celebrates NHS Research”

1,000 participants consented to 100k Genomes by Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Jess Kainth, a Rare Disease Research Coordinator at a Birmingham Health Partners’ member Trust, recently consented her 1,000th participant to the pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project. With a degree in Medical Science, Jess and began working at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as an Intern in the Dermatology Department in 2015, becoming Rare Disease Coordinator in 2016. She is moving to London later this year to become a Physician’s Associate, and hopes to specialise in paediatrics. “My job … Continue reading “1,000 participants consented to 100k Genomes by Birmingham Children’s Hospital”