Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade

Supercomputing facilities set up to track the spread and evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic have received £1.2M in government funding to expand globally. The grant is part of a major £213M investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to upgrade the UK’s scientific infrastructure. The new funding will enable the CLIMB COVID-19 project, led by BHP founder-member … Continue reading “Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade”

Bedside EEG test can aid prognosis in unresponsive brain injury patients

Assessing the ability of unresponsive patients with severe brain injury to understand what is being said to them could yield important insights into how they might recover, according to new research. A team at the University of Birmingham has shown that responses to speech can be measured using electroencephalography, a non-invasive technique used to record … Continue reading “Bedside EEG test can aid prognosis in unresponsive brain injury patients”

Oxidative stress links gum and kidney disease

An imbalance of the body’s oxygen producing free radicals and its antioxidant cells could be the reason why gum disease and chronic kidney disease affect each other, a new study led by the University of Birmingham has found. Periodontitis – or gum disease – is a common, inflammatory disease which causes bleeding gums, wobbly or … Continue reading “Oxidative stress links gum and kidney disease”

New COVID-19 test gives result in minutes

A new COVID-19 test that reduces testing time from 30 minutes to less than five and delivers accurate results has been developed by researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. The researchers believe their method could deliver a test that is not only fast but also sufficiently sensitive. The test does not require … Continue reading “New COVID-19 test gives result in minutes”