Could heart drug help lung disease patients?

Drugs traditionally used to treat blood pressure and heart disease are to be given to lung disease patients to see if they can be beneficial, in a trial taking place at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and coordinated by the University of Aberdeen. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long term lung disease … Continue reading “Could heart drug help lung disease patients?”

Risk-taking in research

BHP Managing Director Dr John Williams spoke to Mark Brown for Beyond the Room shortly after delivering a presentation on health research funding, at the 50th Anniversary event for the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry. JW: Before I took on the role of Managing Director at BHP, I spent the best part of 20 … Continue reading “Risk-taking in research”

Centre for Trauma Sciences Research opened in Birmingham

The Centre for Trauma Sciences Research has been launched in Birmingham by BHP members, aiming to advance the development of new technologies and clinical treatments for trauma patients. Led by Ann Logan, Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, the centre will focus on enabling the translational pathway from … Continue reading “Centre for Trauma Sciences Research opened in Birmingham”

International liver trial could transform surgery for patients

A series of clinical trials taking place at BHP founder member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) could change the way liver operations are performed worldwide. The international ORANGE 2 Plus trial compares two types of surgery – keyhole surgery and open surgery – for performing a hemihepatectomy, an operation which involves the removal … Continue reading “International liver trial could transform surgery for patients”

Excess hormones could cause IIH, a condition that can leave women blind

Increased levels of hormones including testosterone could cause a brain condition that can lead to blindness in women, say researchers from BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension – also known as IIH – is caused by high pressure in the brain resulting in incapacitating daily long-term headaches and even blindness. Originally … Continue reading “Excess hormones could cause IIH, a condition that can leave women blind”