Birmingham cancer project enters Immuno-oncology Alliance

Birmingham researchers Professor Andrew Beggs and Professor Gary Middleton from the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy and the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences have partnered with Cancer Research UK in one of the first target identification projects for the  Immuno-oncology Alliance, which translates discovery science into new therapeutics for cancer patients. The Immuno-oncology Alliance … Continue reading “Birmingham cancer project enters Immuno-oncology Alliance”

UK scientists designed world’s most sophisticated COVID-19 sequencing system – here’s how they did it

New bioinformatics software and cloud computing approaches developed at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham have enabled the UK’s COVID-19 genome sequencing effort to be the most sophisticated in the world. The system, called CLIMB-COVID was designed for the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium, set up in March 2020 to tackle the huge challenge of rapidly sequencing … Continue reading “UK scientists designed world’s most sophisticated COVID-19 sequencing system – here’s how they did it”

An eight-week gap between Pfizer vaccines is the ‘sweet spot’ for antibody levels and ‘helper’ T cells

A new study carried out in collaboration with BHP founder members the University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham shows both short and long dosing schedules of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine generate strong antibody and T cell immune responses. The study, led by the University of Oxford, in collaboration with the Universities of Birmingham, Newcastle, … Continue reading “An eight-week gap between Pfizer vaccines is the ‘sweet spot’ for antibody levels and ‘helper’ T cells”

Rheumatology Research Group awarded five year EULAR Centre of Excellence Status

The Rheumatology Research Group (RRG) at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham has been awarded five-year EULAR Centre of Excellence status for the second time in a row. EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) represents people with arthritis/rheumatism as well as health professionals in rheumatology and scientific societies across Europe. The application reflects extensive collaboration across rheumatology … Continue reading “Rheumatology Research Group awarded five year EULAR Centre of Excellence Status”

New study aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women with multiple health conditions

BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham is leading a new three-year UK-wide study aimed at improving healthcare and outcomes for pregnant women who have two or more active long-term health conditions. Currently, one in five pregnant women in the UK have two or more active long-term health conditions. These can be both physical conditions (like … Continue reading “New study aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women with multiple health conditions”