Mission to Mars: NASA delegation visits Birmingham

NASA scientists and astronauts have visited Birmingham to discuss how drug discoveries in NHS patients could reduce brain pressure during space travel to allow them to go beyond the Moon. One of NASA’s missions is to see the first humans set foot on Mars, however microgravity – which causes astronauts to float in space – … Continue reading “Mission to Mars: NASA delegation visits Birmingham”

New technique helps make ‘heads or tails’ of male fertility

A new method for analysing sperm that tracks the movement of the sperm tail could enable substantial improvements to male fertility testing. The technique measures the speed and action of the sperm flagellum, or tail, which provides vital information for understanding whether sperm in an ejaculate have the potential to reach and fertilise the egg. … Continue reading “New technique helps make ‘heads or tails’ of male fertility”

Birmingham chemists develop DNA ‘barcodes’ to scan for infection

Imagine having a printed barcode and getting it scanned by a hospital doctor who could then tell you very quickly whether you might have a serious infection or illness. Thanks to an approach for visualising DNA sequences pioneered by chemist Dr Robert Neely and his research group, it’s a technique that’s already possible. “We can … Continue reading “Birmingham chemists develop DNA ‘barcodes’ to scan for infection”

Leading Birmingham mental health experts publish ground-breaking book on psychosis treatment

Three Psychologists from Forward Thinking Birmingham’s (FTB) mental health service and a Psychiatrist and Nurse from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT), have authored a ground-breaking new book, published today, about the importance of early intervention in Psychosis. Entitled Recovering from a first episode of psychosis: an integrated approach to early intervention, lead author Dr Chris … Continue reading “Leading Birmingham mental health experts publish ground-breaking book on psychosis treatment”