New diagnostic test standards required in wake of Covid19

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) has today published its review of the statistical evidence needed to assure the performance of future diagnostic tests, so we are better prepared for future pandemics. The RSS Working Group on Diagnostic Tests – which is co-chaired by  Professor Jon Deeks of BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham – is calling … Continue reading “New diagnostic test standards required in wake of Covid19”

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?”

Patients with COVID-19 launch immune responses against own tissues

A UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium-funded study led by BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham has found that many patients with COVID-19 produce immune responses against their body’s own tissues or organs. COVID-19 has been associated with a variety of unexpected symptoms, both at the time of infection and for many months afterwards.  It is not … Continue reading “Patients with COVID-19 launch immune responses against own tissues”

Birmingham PhD student takes new rapid Covid-19 test from idea to reality

This article originally appeared on the UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council website.  Jake Carter, a PhD student at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham, was in his last year when COVID-19 and the first England lockdown forced him to leave the lab and stay at home.  With the support of his supervisors, university … Continue reading “Birmingham PhD student takes new rapid Covid-19 test from idea to reality”

World-first COVID-19 vaccine booster study launches in the West Midlands

Volunteers from the West Midlands will soon be able to receive a third ‘booster’ COVID-19 vaccine through a new clinical trial launching this week, the Health Secretary has announced. The Cov-Boost study, backed by £19.3 million of government funding through the Vaccines Taskforce, will be run at BHP founder-member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust … Continue reading “World-first COVID-19 vaccine booster study launches in the West Midlands”