Centre of Excellence award for BHP Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Centre

The Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology centre in Birmingham is officially world class after achieving prestigious international recognition. The West Midlands Allergy and Immunology service at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust – in partnership with the Regional Severe Asthma Service, the Occupational Asthma Service and the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy and School … Continue reading “Centre of Excellence award for BHP Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Centre”

New breakthrough in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could soon benefit from a new drug treatment that not only suppresses inflammation but also significantly reduces patient reported pain scores. Otilimab is a monoclonal antibody, biologic drug, which targets and suppresses the inflammatory cytokine GM-CSF. In a multicentre, dose-ranging trial, led by Professor Chris Buckley at the Universities of Oxford and … Continue reading “New breakthrough in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis”

Magnetic brain waves detect injury and disease

New sensors, which measure weak magnetic signals in the brain, have the potential to increase understanding of connectivity in the brain, and detect signs of traumatic brain injury, dementia and schizophrenia. Magnetic signals in the brain are measured by magnetoencephalography (MEG).  They are easier to localise than the electrical signals measured by EEG, so they … Continue reading “Magnetic brain waves detect injury and disease”

‘Rapid science’ makes custom-fitted facemasks for NHS workers

A company working with experts from BHP founder member the University of Birmingham and King’s College London has been awarded funding by Innovate UK to produce custom-fitted, reusable, medical grade facemasks that will fit all people regardless of age, sex or ethnicity. MyMaskFit will focus on producing masks at FFP3 standard, which filter 99% of aerosols.  … Continue reading “‘Rapid science’ makes custom-fitted facemasks for NHS workers”

BMI, age and ethnicity associated with higher COVID-19 antibody levels

Researchers studying a group of UK healthcare workers discovered that non-white individuals recovering from COVID-19 displayed higher antibody levels than white individuals, with significantly greater levels observed in Asian individuals. Led by experts at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham, the researchers studied a cohort of 956 UK healthcare workers who self-isolated between March and … Continue reading “BMI, age and ethnicity associated with higher COVID-19 antibody levels”