New tool to assess Long COVID symptoms

A comprehensive tool that can assess the symptoms of Long COVID has been developed at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham for use in research and clinical care. Developed with patients that have lived experience of Long COVID, the tool can capture symptoms and their impact on everyday life. Currently more than 200 symptoms are associated … Continue reading “New tool to assess Long COVID symptoms”

Mother to child transmission of COVID-19 infection possible – but rare

SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 infection, can be transmitted from mother to baby before, during and after childbirth – but such occurrences are rare, a new study reveals. Overall, fewer than two per cent of babies born to mothers with SARS-CoV-2 infection also test positive for the virus, but they are more likely to … Continue reading “Mother to child transmission of COVID-19 infection possible – but rare”

CRCTU-led vaccine study open to immunocompromised teens

For the first time, patients aged 12-17 years and immunocompromised are taking part in research to work out how they respond to COVID-19 vaccination. The OCTAVE study, led from the Universities of Glasgow and Birmingham and run by Birmingham’s Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit recruited adults across 10 sites in the UK from May … Continue reading “CRCTU-led vaccine study open to immunocompromised teens”

New antimicrobial air filters rapidly kill SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses, train tests reveal

Researchers at BHP founder-members the University of Birmingham – working in partnership with firms NitroPep Ltd and Pullman AC – have developed new antimicrobial technology for air filters which can in seconds kill bacteria, fungi and viruses including SARS-CoV-2 – providing a potential solution to prevent the spread of airborne infections. In a study, published … Continue reading “New antimicrobial air filters rapidly kill SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses, train tests reveal”

Research to investigate how food intake is regulated could improve treatment of severe COVID-19 illness

A grant of nearly £1m has been awarded to a researcher at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham to better understand how food intake is regulated – which could lead to improvements in treatment for chronic conditions such as obesity and under-nutrition. Dr Caroline Gorvin, who is based within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, … Continue reading “Research to investigate how food intake is regulated could improve treatment of severe COVID-19 illness”