Improving facemasks for frontline COVID-19 staff

Scientists at Birmingham’s Healthcare Technologies Institute and King’s College London are working on a solution to improve the seal and fit of facemasks used in hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. Since the onset of the crisis, the subject of personal protective equipment (PPE) has become a key discussion point. Over recent days the focus has been on … Continue reading “Improving facemasks for frontline COVID-19 staff”

We must prepare now to sustainably deliver a future COVID-19 vaccine

Professor Pawanexh Kohli of UoB writes for Birmingham Research Perspectives. “We can wish for the rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccine and hope it immunises people against this virus for life. Most importantly, we must plan an efficient delivery mechanism to ensure that the vaccine will be provided to everyone on Planet Earth.” Pawanexh Kohli, … Continue reading “We must prepare now to sustainably deliver a future COVID-19 vaccine”

UK Coronavirus Cancer Monitoring Project launches with leadership from Birmingham

BHP clinicians have been instrumental in the rapid establishment of the UK Coronavirus Cancer Monitoring Scheme – a clinician-led reporting project to enable tracking of cancer patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 across the United Kingdom. Mobilised and launched within 100 hours of conception, more than 80 cancer centres have expressed willingness to learn … Continue reading “UK Coronavirus Cancer Monitoring Project launches with leadership from Birmingham”

Covid-19: risk factors for severe disease and death

This article was written for The BMJ by BHP’s Rachel E Jordan (Reader in Epidemiology and Primary Care), Peymané Adab (Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Public Health)  and KK Cheng (Professor of Public Health and Primary Care. It can be accessed in full via the BMJ website.  A long list is emerging from largely … Continue reading “Covid-19: risk factors for severe disease and death”

BHP mobilised in the fight against COVID-19

BHP – the long-standing alliance between the University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s – is pulling together on several fronts to fight the spread of COVID-19. Professor David Adams, Director of BHP, explained: “In these unprecedented times, the Birmingham Health Partners alliance has allowed us to adapt and work in … Continue reading “BHP mobilised in the fight against COVID-19”