Birmingham chemists develop DNA ‘barcodes’ to scan for infection

Imagine having a printed barcode and getting it scanned by a hospital doctor who could then tell you very quickly whether you might have a serious infection or illness. Thanks to an approach for visualising DNA sequences pioneered by chemist Dr Robert Neely and his research group, it’s a technique that’s already possible. “We can … Continue reading “Birmingham chemists develop DNA ‘barcodes’ to scan for infection”

Haemophilia patients keen to help researchers

A clinical researcher’s dream is to have a database of patients willing and ready to take part in research and trials, and it could be said that this is exactly what haemophilia research nurse, Elizabeth Dwenger, has built. Elizabeth, originally from Georgia in the USA, trained in the UK and for many years was a … Continue reading “Haemophilia patients keen to help researchers”

Research Showcase 2019: innovation from head to toe

The latest health breakthroughs will be on display next month at the annual Birmingham Health Partners Research Showcase, to be held in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham’s (QEHB) atrium. Exciting developments in the last year include the opening of a world-leading conflict wound centre, which is aiming to prevent all scars within a generation; a … Continue reading “Research Showcase 2019: innovation from head to toe”

Risk-taking in research

BHP Managing Director Dr John Williams spoke to Mark Brown for Beyond the Room shortly after delivering a presentation on health research funding, at the 50th Anniversary event for the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry. JW: Before I took on the role of Managing Director at BHP, I spent the best part of 20 … Continue reading “Risk-taking in research”

Ovarian cancer: improving survival rates

“Research published during the last few years has investigated the effectiveness of a new approach involving giving some chemotherapy, then performing surgery, followed by completing chemotherapy.”  Professor Sean Kehoe, Lawson Tait Professor of Gynaecological Cancer Ovarian cancer affects around 7,000 women each year in the UK, a figure expected to rise to 10,000 by 2035.  … Continue reading “Ovarian cancer: improving survival rates”