Birmingham research could improve care of patients living with artificial heart pump

New BHP research funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) aims to inform and improve clinical care for those living with an artificial heart pump. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a battery-operated, mechanical pump surgically implanted into patients who have end-stage heart failure. It is sometimes given to people who are on the … Continue reading “Birmingham research could improve care of patients living with artificial heart pump”

QEHB performs UK’s first wireless microcomputer implant

The world’s first wireless in-heart microcomputer was recently implanted into a patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) in a UK first. Margaret McDermott, who is 75 and lives in Moseley, had the operation at the QEHB in July 2019, with the pioneering device likely to dramatically improve her quality of life. The device, … Continue reading “QEHB performs UK’s first wireless microcomputer implant”

Cancer Research UK awards £4m to BHP scientists

Three researchers from BHP founder member the University of Birmingham have been awarded more than £4 million by Cancer Research UK for their work to investigate new personalised cancer treatments. Pictured L-R above, Dr Eva Petermann, Professor Joanna Morris and Professor Tatjana Stankovic will each receive a share of the £4 million to take forward projects … Continue reading “Cancer Research UK awards £4m to BHP scientists”

PPI – a day in the life

What’s it really like to take part in research as a member of the public? In this blog, one of our patient and public involvement (PPI) volunteers recounts their experience at an advanced therapies focus group meeting The Midlands and Wales Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (MW-ATTC) is interested in finding out what the public know … Continue reading “PPI – a day in the life”

Can a common flower kill cancer cells?

Feverfew – a common garden flower – can be modified to kill specific cancer cells, say researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. The team were able to extract a compound with anti-cancer properties from the flowers, and modify it so it could be used to kill chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) cells in … Continue reading “Can a common flower kill cancer cells?”