A climate for microbes: how the dynamics of infectious diseases will change on a warming planet

Microbes are shaping the planet’s atmosphere. The number of bacteria on our planet is estimated to be a mind-boggling 5 x 1030 (a 5 with 30 zeroes) with viruses further outnumbering bacteria ten-fold. This incredible diversity of bacteria and viruses is the result of four billion years of evolution. During this time, microbes have shaped Earth … Continue reading “A climate for microbes: how the dynamics of infectious diseases will change on a warming planet”

Living with Long Covid: when your normal becomes everyone’s ‘new normal’

Written exclusively for BHP by Rebecca Riley, Administrative Director of City-REDI, this piece reflects on the journey of someone who, already living with a complex and debilitating rare disease, is now experiencing Long Covid. As researchers’ understanding of SARS-CoV-2 continues to evolve, can we learn lessons from other prolonged disorders as we seek to understand … Continue reading “Living with Long Covid: when your normal becomes everyone’s ‘new normal’”

CRUK Advanced Clinician Scientist shares top tips on undertaking research

Dr Shishir Shetty is a Cancer Research UK Advanced Clinician Scientist and principal investigator in the Centre for Liver and Gastrointestinal Research. He is also an honorary consultant hepatologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) where he specialises in the management of hepatocellular cancer and neuroendocrine tumour. What clinical work and research studies do you undertake? … Continue reading “CRUK Advanced Clinician Scientist shares top tips on undertaking research”

Virtual medical education during the Covid-19 pandemic

During the Covid-19 pandemic, medical students and junior doctors came together globally to help sustain their medical education. Led by Birmingham’s Dr Punith Kempegowda, a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Endocrinology, Diabetes and General Internal Medicine, SIMBA Simulation was born – an interactive simulation-based approach to learning through instant messaging for … Continue reading “Virtual medical education during the Covid-19 pandemic”

What are ‘autoantibodies’ in the body’s immune system response to COVID-19?

Alex Richter, Professor of Clinical Immunology at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham, discusses the results of a study that looked at patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and what the presence of autoantibodies (a type of antibody produced by the immune system that is directed against their body’s own tissues or organs) means.https://youtu.be/MQd8Z6imKb4 Video … Continue reading “What are ‘autoantibodies’ in the body’s immune system response to COVID-19?”