University Hospitals Birmingham named centre of digital excellence

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) has been named as a prestigious centre of digital excellence by health secretary Jeremy Hunt. The trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), is now one of 12 in line for up to £10 million in additional Government funding as part of new plans to fast-track digital … Continue reading “University Hospitals Birmingham named centre of digital excellence”

£12m award for new Biomedical Research Centre

The Department of Health has today awarded Birmingham £12m to help advance research into inflammatory diseases. The funding from the National Institute of Health Research  (NIHR) for the Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Inflammation combines our world-class strengths in immunology and inflammation research and extensive experimental medicine infrastructure. This will support a five-year programme between the … Continue reading “£12m award for new Biomedical Research Centre”

Blood cancer could be prevented before it develops

Researchers from the University of Birmingham and hospitals across the West Midlands have revealed how a common symptomless condition can develop into the blood cancer myeloma. They discovered that changes in the bone marrow needed for the cancer to grow have already taken hold in the preceding condition, raising the possibility that early medical intervention … Continue reading “Blood cancer could be prevented before it develops”

Birmingham researchers devise test to predict sepsis in burns patients

Researchers have created a potentially life-saving new test that will allow clinicians to predict which burn victims will develop sepsis during their treatment. Their findings, published in Annals of Surgery, show that using just three biomarkers of neutrophil (white blood cells) function on the day of injury can determine which patients with major burn injuries … Continue reading “Birmingham researchers devise test to predict sepsis in burns patients”

Providing personalised, targeted treatments for children with brain tumours

In a new three-year project, Professor Andrew Peet, Reader in Paediatric Oncology and his team at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, are using new technology to provide more personalised, targeted treatments for children with brain tumours. The study, which is jointly funded by children’s charity Action Medical Research and The Brain Tumour Charity, will … Continue reading “Providing personalised, targeted treatments for children with brain tumours”