Birmingham researcher awarded £1.68m to fund IIH research

Leading researcher Professor Alexandra Sinclair from BHP founder member the University of Birmingham has been awarded £1.68m to fund research into intracranial hypertension (raised brain pressure), and develop a new treatment for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), a rare condition that causes disabling headaches and can lead to blindness. The award from the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust will … Continue reading “Birmingham researcher awarded £1.68m to fund IIH research”

Excess hormones could cause IIH, a condition that can leave women blind

Increased levels of hormones including testosterone could cause a brain condition that can lead to blindness in women, say researchers from BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension – also known as IIH – is caused by high pressure in the brain resulting in incapacitating daily long-term headaches and even blindness. Originally … Continue reading “Excess hormones could cause IIH, a condition that can leave women blind”

Why drug repurposing is the route of choice when speed is of the essence

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the delivery of healthcare.  It has stimulated rapid innovation in medical diagnostics and equipment, and the manufacturing sector has responded with flexible, demand-led manufacturing of ventilators and PPE.  But the first round of clinical trials for COVID featured drugs that were already on the market, and aimed to repurpose … Continue reading “Why drug repurposing is the route of choice when speed is of the essence”

New non-invasive technique measures brain swelling

Imaging techniques ordinarily used by eye doctors to monitor the optic nerve could offer a non-invasive method of measuring and managing potentially dangerous swelling in the skull, finds a new UK study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham – a BHP founder-member. Intracranial pressure (ICP) – or pressure within the skull often caused … Continue reading “New non-invasive technique measures brain swelling”

2019 – a year in review

As 2019 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on a an excellent year of discovery science, UK and world firsts, new treatments for patients, and new partnerships. We’ve been visited by a real-life astronaut, celebrated significant grants from generous charities, and made progress in understanding disease pathology – setting us up for a busy 2020 … Continue reading “2019 – a year in review”