The naked eye alone is not enough to ensure the accurate diagnosis of skin cancer, say experts

The visual inspection of a suspicious skin lesion using the naked eye alone is not enough to ensure the accurate diagnosis of skin cancer, a group of experts have concluded following a largescale systematic review of research. The review is published today (Dec 6th) in The Cochrane Library as part of a Special Collection of Cochrane Systematic Reviews bringing together a large body of research on the accuracy of tests used to diagnose skin cancer.  … Continue reading “The naked eye alone is not enough to ensure the accurate diagnosis of skin cancer, say experts”

Birmingham Health Partners establishing new Wellcome Translational Partnership

Birmingham Health Partners is proud to announce a prestigious new Translational Partnership with Wellcome to find new ways to translate scientific discoveries into real world impact. The initiative will foster new discussions and collaborations between healthcare stakeholders – clinicians, academics, industry and patients – to identify user-driven ‘pull’ for innovation. By supporting a shared understanding of opportunities and mechanisms for research, the partnership will not only inform the development of novel technologies and treatments, but … Continue reading “Birmingham Health Partners establishing new Wellcome Translational Partnership”

Birmingham to lead ground-breaking research into patient experience of cell therapies

Birmingham health researchers, with industry partners including health technology companies Dignio and Datatrial, have been awarded £1.1 million by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)’s Innovate UK, to investigate patients’ experience of cell and gene therapies. The funding has been provided as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s Medicines Manufacturing programme. Cell and gene therapies offer ground-breaking opportunities for the treatment of disease and injury. As therapies of this kind are so new, the impact … Continue reading “Birmingham to lead ground-breaking research into patient experience of cell therapies”

Study discovers over 6,000 antibiotic resistance genes in the bacteria that inhabit the human gut

A study carried out in collaboration with BHP founder member the University of Birmingham has used an innovative approach to identify thousands of antibiotic resistance genes found in bacteria that inhabit the human gut. The human gut is home to trillions of microorganisms, mainly bacteria. Most of these are sensitive to antibiotics, but a significant number of bacteria in the human gut have mechanisms that make them resistant to antibiotics. However, we still lack a … Continue reading “Study discovers over 6,000 antibiotic resistance genes in the bacteria that inhabit the human gut”