Breastfeeding can give babies life-long protection against infection

Breast milk can provide protection against infection that lasts for life, finds new research in mice by an international team including experts at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. Previously, it was generally thought that immunity against illness is passed from mum to baby for only the breastfeeding period itself – ending when breastfeeding stops.  It was also thought that this immunity was transferred by a mother’s proteins such as antibodies that are used … Continue reading “Breastfeeding can give babies life-long protection against infection”

Scientists discover link between tissue cell type and different forms of arthritis

Pioneering research by scientists at the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham published today [May 29th] in Nature has brought us a step closer to developing targeted therapies for inflammatory diseases.  The research team shows, for the first time, that different types of fibroblasts – the most common cells of connective tissue – are organised in different layers in the joint and are responsible for two very different forms of arthritis; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Targeted … Continue reading “Scientists discover link between tissue cell type and different forms of arthritis”

Trailblazing partnership launches UK’s first electronic single maternity record

The country’s first single maternity record system – including a secure mobile app for patients – has been launched by BHP’s two NHS Trusts. Expectant mothers who receive their maternity care from either Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope or Solihull Hospitals will be the first to benefit from the innovation. More than 18,000 women give birth each year across the Birmingham and Solihull Local Maternity System. The single maternity record will enable clinical … Continue reading “Trailblazing partnership launches UK’s first electronic single maternity record”

Cancer Research UK Birmingham Centre awarded £3.8 million to transform training

Significant funding of over £3.8 million has been awarded to the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Birmingham Centre, based at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. Funded by Cancer Research UK, the Clinical Academic Training Programme Award will support nine programmes across the charity’s nationwide network of CRUK Centres to offer more flexibility and a greater variety of training options for clinician scientists, while providing training of the highest quality. At the CRUK Birmingham Centre, … Continue reading “Cancer Research UK Birmingham Centre awarded £3.8 million to transform training”

Record year for clinical trials at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s

BHP founder member Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating its best year ever following the recruitment of a record number of patients to its clinical trials. Over 7,600 women, men and children have been recruited to 190 studies over the last year across the Trust’s two specialist hospitals, beating its target of 5,050 and ranking it second in regional recruitment. Proud to be the top recruiter in the West Midlands to the … Continue reading “Record year for clinical trials at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s”