Herd immunity: can it really protect us from COVID-19?

The term “herd immunity” is used to describe the phenomenon that individuals who are at risk of an infectious disease are protected by those around them that have immunity against the infection – but is it the answer to COVID-19? It’s unlikely, says Professor Willem van Schaik, Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection… … Continue reading “Herd immunity: can it really protect us from COVID-19?”

Funding awarded for rapid COVID-19 research

An academic from BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham is one of just three UK scientists awarded a share of £50,000 to develop innovative research to improve the care of COVID-19 patients thanks to a grant from the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine’s (ACB) COVID-19 Scientific Scholarship, supported by Abbott.  The scientists, based at … Continue reading “Funding awarded for rapid COVID-19 research”

How lupus patients would like to be treated: physician behaviours that help build trust and medical security

Lupus patients – and those with related systemic autoimmune diseases – often experience persisting medical insecurity and negative healthcare-behaviours. These arise from traumatic diagnostic journeys and negative medical interactions, according to an in-depth study of patients’ experiences led by the University of Cambridge and Lupus UK. However, most patients also described secure and trusting relationships … Continue reading “How lupus patients would like to be treated: physician behaviours that help build trust and medical security”

Experts warn of risk of ‘data poverty’ if data underpinning AI health technologies is not representative and inclusive

Researchers from INSIGHT, the Health Data Research Hub for eye health, and BHP founder-member University Hospitals Birmingham are warning of the risk of reinforcing healthcare inequalities if new AI health technologies are based on unrepresentative datasets – a situation they describe as ‘health data poverty’. In recent years, many academic and commercial organisations have been developing … Continue reading “Experts warn of risk of ‘data poverty’ if data underpinning AI health technologies is not representative and inclusive”

Government COVID-19 testing lab to open at the University of Birmingham

As part of the drive to expand COVID-19 testing capacity across the UK, BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham has been announced today as one of the first academic sector lab partnerships to come online. The lab, based at the University’s Medical School, will form part of NHS Test and Trace, joining Britain’s largest network … Continue reading “Government COVID-19 testing lab to open at the University of Birmingham”