New understanding of ‘predatory’ bacteria could combat AMR

Scientists have unravelled the attack initiation mechanism used by so-called ‘predatory bacteria’, which are capable of invading and killing harmful bugs including E. coli or Salmonella. These bacteria attack other bacteria by attaching to the cell exterior, then burrowing through and devouring the cell from the inside. Researchers are interested in these predators because the types of cells … Continue reading “New understanding of ‘predatory’ bacteria could combat AMR”

It’s never too late to start exercising, new study shows

Older people who have never taken part in sustained exercise programmes have the same ability to build muscle mass as highly trained master athletes of a similar age, according to new research at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. The research shows that even those who are entirely unaccustomed to exercise can benefit from … Continue reading “It’s never too late to start exercising, new study shows”

BWC hosts first virtual telemedicine clinic

Two brothers with a rare genetic condition have become the first to benefit from a virtual telemedicine clinic at our Children’s Hospital. Joshua and Ryan Eccles, aged 15 and 11, both have Bardet-Biedl syndrome and recently ‘attended’ their consultation appointment with our expert multi-disciplinary team from the comfort of their home in Wednesbury thanks to … Continue reading “BWC hosts first virtual telemedicine clinic”

BHP Professor appointed to prestigious national post

Professor Lorraine Harper, who works across BHP at both UHB and the University of Birmingham, has recently been appointed Associate Dean for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy. As one of two Associate Deans, Professor Harper will help with the development and coordination of NIHR-affiliated training, career development for clinical professionals, and the … Continue reading “BHP Professor appointed to prestigious national post”

New antimicrobial coating could prevent hospital-acquired infections

An antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces –  proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections – has been created by researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. The coating – NitroPep – has been heralded as a new tool in the fight against the spread of infection … Continue reading “New antimicrobial coating could prevent hospital-acquired infections”