Global ‘hackathon’ aims to invent solutions to COVID-19 problems

A student at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham is co-ordinating a huge global initiative in which hackers around the world are working around the clock to combat issues created by the Coronavirus pandemic. Will Russell, who is studying computer science at the University’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, is helping to lead … Continue reading “Global ‘hackathon’ aims to invent solutions to COVID-19 problems”

COVID-19 research briefing 02/04/20 – paediatrics

Researchers from across BHP are collaborating to analyse and summarise the latest COVID-19 literature to help inform clinical colleagues. Today’s update focuses on paediatric cases of the disease worldwide – including pregnant women and newborns. Research update – 2nd April 2020 Global incidences Of the total number of cases in each country, only a small … Continue reading “COVID-19 research briefing 02/04/20 – paediatrics”

How do gamma delta T cells recognise target cells?

New research from the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy has found how an important class of immune cells, gamma delta T cells (γδ T cells), is able to recognise target cells. Recently published in Immunity in collaboration with Thomas Herrmann from the University of Würzburg, the study focussed on the most prevalent γδ T … Continue reading “How do gamma delta T cells recognise target cells?”

Improving facemasks for frontline COVID-19 staff

Scientists at Birmingham’s Healthcare Technologies Institute and King’s College London are working on a solution to improve the seal and fit of facemasks used in hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. Since the onset of the crisis, the subject of personal protective equipment (PPE) has become a key discussion point. Over recent days the focus has been on … Continue reading “Improving facemasks for frontline COVID-19 staff”