Harnessing the power of mental health data science

Data Science is becoming one of the key factors driving healthcare with significant investment in this area. Whether it is through the use of health informatics of routinely collected health data, large scale web/ app-based participation in research or through the use of multiple cohort research studies, data science is seen as an important way … Continue reading “Harnessing the power of mental health data science”

Not just “one of those things”

Arri Coomarasamy, Professor of Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine at the University of Birmingham and Director of Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research, discusses why urgent changes should be made to NHS policy and how appropriate care should be provided to all women who have experienced one or more miscarriages. In my clinic when I see … Continue reading “Not just “one of those things””

Why drug repurposing is the route of choice when speed is of the essence

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the delivery of healthcare.  It has stimulated rapid innovation in medical diagnostics and equipment, and the manufacturing sector has responded with flexible, demand-led manufacturing of ventilators and PPE.  But the first round of clinical trials for COVID featured drugs that were already on the market, and aimed to repurpose … Continue reading “Why drug repurposing is the route of choice when speed is of the essence”

Why is COVID-19 life threatening for some, but not others?

With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic still holding the world in its grip, identifying how our immune system responds to the virus is critical to understanding the unknowns surrounding COVID-19. The human immune system is extremely complex but understanding of how it reacts during and after infection with SARS-CoV-2 is critical to our ability to control the … Continue reading “Why is COVID-19 life threatening for some, but not others?”

National Arthritis Week: treating the causes of inflammatory disease – not just symptoms

Birmingham is tackling inflammatory diseases like arthritis in partnership with the University of Oxford, through the Arthritis Therapy Acceleration Programme (A-TAP).  A-TAP is an initiative which aims to support and develop novel treatments for arthritis based on the underlying causes of inflammatory disease – moving away from a traditional ‘organ-based, speciality-focussed’ approach to a process-driven, … Continue reading “National Arthritis Week: treating the causes of inflammatory disease – not just symptoms”