Midlands delivering nearly £100m of COVID19 research

A new report – Mobilising Research Excellence in the Midlands to Tackle COVID-19 – reveals that the Midlands has moved swiftly to apply its wealth of capability in its hospitals, universities and businesses to deliver £90m of research to support regional, national and global efforts to tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic. The report highlights that: Experts in … Continue reading “Midlands delivering nearly £100m of COVID19 research”

COVID19: mental health impact on frontline workers revealed

Hospital healthcare workers reported higher rates of clinically significant mental health symptoms following the initial COVID-19 pandemic peak in the UK, new research led by BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham has revealed. A study, published in BJPsych Open, found around a third of hospital healthcare workers reported clinically significant symptoms of anxiety (34.3%) and depression (31.2%), … Continue reading “COVID19: mental health impact on frontline workers revealed”

Birmingham maternity experts call for urgent action on pregnancy ‘drug drought’

Leaders in maternal healthcare from Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) have called for lifesaving research into pharmaceuticals for use during pregnancy, in a new report which highlights the challenges of pregnancy-related complications, pre-term birth and pre-existing conditions. Globally, 2.7 million women and children die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth – including one … Continue reading “Birmingham maternity experts call for urgent action on pregnancy ‘drug drought’”

UK government missing healthy ageing targets and must act now – report

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted stark inequalities in healthy life expectancy, according to a report into ageing published on Friday 15 January. The report into healthy ageing has been published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, following an in-depth inquiry for which the University of Birmingham’s Professor Janet Lord was Special Adviser. The report … Continue reading “UK government missing healthy ageing targets and must act now – report”

How do different mutations in the same gene cause different types of cancer?

Leading cancer experts at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham have solved a long-standing question of how various types of mutations in just one gene cause different types of diseases. A team of scientists at the University’s Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, led by Professor Constanze Bonifer, studied a gene known as RUNX1, which … Continue reading “How do different mutations in the same gene cause different types of cancer?”