‘Weak’ and ‘strong’ cells bonding boosts body’s diabetes fight

Scientists have broadened our understanding of how ‘weak’ cells bond with their more mature cellular counterparts to boost the body’s production of insulin – improving our knowledge of the processes leading to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes mellitus occurs when β-cells cannot release enough insulin – a tightly controlled process requiring hundreds of such … Continue reading “‘Weak’ and ‘strong’ cells bonding boosts body’s diabetes fight”

Birmingham secures National Training Centre for the Advanced Therapies Skills Training Network

The National Horizons Centre, RoslinCT and the University of Birmingham have been selected to deliver high impact physical and digitally-delivered training courses as part of the growing ATSTN programme. The three centres bring with them complementing capabilities and a vast wealth of experience across GMP/GxP, manufacturing and bioprocessing, and their expertise within virtual reality training … Continue reading “Birmingham secures National Training Centre for the Advanced Therapies Skills Training Network”

Midlands delivering nearly £100m of COVID19 research

A new report – Mobilising Research Excellence in the Midlands to Tackle COVID-19 – reveals that the Midlands has moved swiftly to apply its wealth of capability in its hospitals, universities and businesses to deliver £90m of research to support regional, national and global efforts to tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic. The report highlights that: Experts in … Continue reading “Midlands delivering nearly £100m of COVID19 research”

COVID19: mental health impact on frontline workers revealed

Hospital healthcare workers reported higher rates of clinically significant mental health symptoms following the initial COVID-19 pandemic peak in the UK, new research led by BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham has revealed. A study, published in BJPsych Open, found around a third of hospital healthcare workers reported clinically significant symptoms of anxiety (34.3%) and depression (31.2%), … Continue reading “COVID19: mental health impact on frontline workers revealed”

Birmingham maternity experts call for urgent action on pregnancy ‘drug drought’

Leaders in maternal healthcare from Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) have called for lifesaving research into pharmaceuticals for use during pregnancy, in a new report which highlights the challenges of pregnancy-related complications, pre-term birth and pre-existing conditions. Globally, 2.7 million women and children die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth – including one … Continue reading “Birmingham maternity experts call for urgent action on pregnancy ‘drug drought’”