Birmingham to lead brain cancer study in memory of Tessa Jowell

Significant funding of up to £2.8m from The Brain Tumour Charity has been awarded to a Birmingham researcher for a major study named in memory of the late Baroness Jowell. The Tessa Jowell BRAIN-MATRIX trial is being co-ordinated by Professor Colin Watts (pictured) of the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, part of the University of … Continue reading “Birmingham to lead brain cancer study in memory of Tessa Jowell”

Enhanced genomic knowledge informs elective mastectomy

A cancer patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) recently had a voluntary mastectomy, after receiving results from a pioneering genetic project. Sarah Crozier, 45, was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2017 and was recruited into the 100,000 Genomes Project the following month. Sarah’s results showed a mutation in her BRCA2 gene, meaning … Continue reading “Enhanced genomic knowledge informs elective mastectomy”

Inherited heart disease service goes from strength to strength

A service that screens people for a condition that leads to early heart disease – based at BHP founder member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) – has received hundreds of referrals in its first six months. The West Midlands Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Service (WMFHS), which is the first region-wide screening service in the UK, … Continue reading “Inherited heart disease service goes from strength to strength”

1,000 participants consented to 100k Genomes by Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Jess Kainth, a Rare Disease Research Coordinator at a Birmingham Health Partners’ member Trust, recently consented her 1,000th participant to the pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project. With a degree in Medical Science, Jess and began working at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as an Intern in the Dermatology Department in 2015, becoming Rare Disease Coordinator in 2016. She … Continue reading “1,000 participants consented to 100k Genomes by Birmingham Children’s Hospital”

Birmingham’s expertise lauded in national health data report

In the wake of the Prime Minister’s health-focused Industrial Strategy speech, Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) has welcomed the publication of a major report into the UK health data landscape. The report – Mapping the Landscape of UK Health Data Research and Innovation – has been published by the Medical Research Council to highlight informatics achievement … Continue reading “Birmingham’s expertise lauded in national health data report”