COVID-19 vaccine study for pregnant women launches in the West Midlands

A new clinical study, investigating the best gap between first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses for pregnant women, is now open to recruitment. The Preg-CoV study, supported by the National Institute for Health Research, will recruit patients at Trusts across the country, including BHP founder-member University Hospitals Birmingham. Led by St George’s, University of London, … Continue reading “COVID-19 vaccine study for pregnant women launches in the West Midlands”

National researchers present first findings on blood clotting after COVID-19 vaccination

Researchers have published the first findings on the diagnosis of patients with vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT), a new thrombotic syndrome associated with the COVID-19 vaccine. The paper looked at symptoms, signs and outcomes of the first 220 UK cases of VITT. The research team, led by Dr Sue Pavord of Oxford University Hospitals … Continue reading “National researchers present first findings on blood clotting after COVID-19 vaccination”

Birmingham Health Partners plays key role in report calling for Government reform of regulation of medical devices

Experts within Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) have significantly contributed to a new independent report calling on the UK Government to reform the regulation of medical devices. Lessons learned from issues around the regulation of diagnostic tests for COVID-19 which led to many substandard tests on the market, and opportunities for the UK to update the … Continue reading “Birmingham Health Partners plays key role in report calling for Government reform of regulation of medical devices”

More than one in 10 COVID-19 patients caught the virus while in hospital during first wave

The research into UK hospital-acquired infections was conducted as part of the world’s largest study of severe COVID-19 and is published as a research letter in The Lancet. Researchers from institutions across the UK – including BHP founder member the University of Birmingham – examined records of COVID-19 patients in UK hospitals enrolled in the … Continue reading “More than one in 10 COVID-19 patients caught the virus while in hospital during first wave”

Birmingham researchers confirm speed, simplicity and sensitivity for new COVID-19 test

Researchers from the University of Birmingham, a founding member of BHP, have confirmed the speed, accuracy and simplicity of a novel, highly sensitive testing method for COVID-19 that can be deployed at entertainment venues, airport arrival terminals, and in remote settings where clinical testing laboratories are not available. The scientists used a three way comparison … Continue reading “Birmingham researchers confirm speed, simplicity and sensitivity for new COVID-19 test”