BHP Professor appointed to prestigious national post

Professor Lorraine Harper, who works across BHP at both UHB and the University of Birmingham, has recently been appointed Associate Dean for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy. As one of two Associate Deans, Professor Harper will help with the development and coordination of NIHR-affiliated training, career development for clinical professionals, and the … Continue reading “BHP Professor appointed to prestigious national post”

New antimicrobial coating could prevent hospital-acquired infections

An antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces –  proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections – has been created by researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. The coating – NitroPep – has been heralded as a new tool in the fight against the spread of infection … Continue reading “New antimicrobial coating could prevent hospital-acquired infections”

Disrupting cancer’s defences

New research by BHP founder member the University of Birmingham has uncovered a possible method of pulling down the protective wall that surrounds tumours, potentially re-exposing them to the killing power of the immune system and immunotherapy treatments. Although this is early research in the lab, the findings suggest this approach could help to boost … Continue reading “Disrupting cancer’s defences”

Low cost, once-a-day-pill can prevent heart disease and stroke

Research carried out in collaboration with the BHP founder member the University of Birmingham has shown that a combination low-cost pill – a polypill -containing four drugs is effective in preventing cardiovascular disease. The results of the clinical trial, published in The Lancet, demonstrate for the first time the effectiveness of a fixed-dose combination pill … Continue reading “Low cost, once-a-day-pill can prevent heart disease and stroke”

10 million new cases of vitamin D deficiency could be prevented through fortifying flour

Adding vitamin D to wheat flour would prevent 10 million new cases of vitamin D deficiency in England and Wales over the next 90 years, say researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. The researchers say overhauling existing public health policy to introduce the mandatory fortification of vitamin D in wheat flour would … Continue reading “10 million new cases of vitamin D deficiency could be prevented through fortifying flour”