Transformative for patients: Health & Social Care Secretary visits BHP

MATT Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, met Cancer Research UK-funded scientists at the University of Birmingham on Thursday, 23 August to learn about their life-saving work. The minister saw first-hand the pioneering research taking place at the Cancer Research UK Centre, particularly in the fields of bowel and lung cancer. During the … Continue reading “Transformative for patients: Health & Social Care Secretary visits BHP”

Epidural use could be halved by patient-controlled drug

A trial co-ordinated by founder members the University of Birmingham has identified a more effective pain relieving drug for women in labour, which could significantly reduce the number of women requiring an epidural. In the RESPITE trial, researchers at the Universities of Birmingham, Sheffield and Nottingham, compared two drugs given for pain control in labour … Continue reading “Epidural use could be halved by patient-controlled drug”

West Midlands Regional Genetics Service relocates to the Birmingham Research Park

The West Midlands Regional Genetics Service (WMRGS) is relocating its Germline, Bioinformatics, Cancer Genetics, Business and Quality support teams to the Birmingham Research Park – at the heart of the BHP campus. WMRGS runs the largest genetics laboratory in the UK, providing services to over 5.8 million NHS patients and processing over 55,000 samples a … Continue reading “West Midlands Regional Genetics Service relocates to the Birmingham Research Park”

Enhanced genomic knowledge informs elective mastectomy

A cancer patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) recently had a voluntary mastectomy, after receiving results from a pioneering genetic project. Sarah Crozier, 45, was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2017 and was recruited into the 100,000 Genomes Project the following month. Sarah’s results showed a mutation in her BRCA2 gene, meaning … Continue reading “Enhanced genomic knowledge informs elective mastectomy”

National clinical research award for haematology team

After opening up more than 20 commercial studies to recruitment in just three years, the Haematology Research team at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), part of founder member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), has been recognised with an NIHR award. Biruk Asfaw, Haematology Senior Research Nurse, and his team received the ‘Commercial Research’ … Continue reading “National clinical research award for haematology team”