Use lessons from COVID-19 to revitalise post-pandemic clinical research environment, says ABPI

The negative impact of the pandemic on the nation’s clinical research environment can be transformed across every part of the UK if we adopt the innovative approaches taken to tackling COVID-19. The key to unlocking the benefits of clinical research for all patients is properly resourcing and embedding a culture of research into an NHS … Continue reading “Use lessons from COVID-19 to revitalise post-pandemic clinical research environment, says ABPI”

Birmingham leads the way in delivery of a new advanced therapy in uveal melanoma

BHP founder-member University Hospitals Birmingham is the first site in the UK to treat a uveal melanoma patient with the new therapy Tebentafusp outside a clinical trial. Uveal melanoma is a rare cancer situated within the eye. This initiative is being led by Dr Leila Khoja, Immunotherapy lead for the Birmingham Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) and … Continue reading “Birmingham leads the way in delivery of a new advanced therapy in uveal melanoma”

Genetic diagnosis leads the way in childhood eye cancer treatment

Experts from BHP member Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have transformed the treatment of children’s eye cancer with pioneering new research. Dr Trevor Cole and Dr Amy Gerrish are the first in the country to develop a treatment called Cell-free DNA for the care of retinoblastoma – a rare type of cancer which typically develops in early childhood … Continue reading “Genetic diagnosis leads the way in childhood eye cancer treatment”

University of Birmingham launches new data sciences institute

A new institute that will drive forward the use of big data and artificial intelligence in addressing major global challenges has been launched at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Science and Artificial Intelligence draws together expertise from across the University, harnessing the power of data science to speed up scientific discovery, … Continue reading “University of Birmingham launches new data sciences institute”

SPIRIT-PRO extension: guidelines for inclusion of patient-reported outcomes in protocols of clinical trials

Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) can provide valuable evidence on the impact of disease and treatment on patients’ symptoms, function and quality of life. High-quality PRO data from trials can inform clinical care, regulatory decisions and health policy. However, problems such as poor data collection, analysis, reporting and interpretation often reduce or negate their value. This … Continue reading “SPIRIT-PRO extension: guidelines for inclusion of patient-reported outcomes in protocols of clinical trials”