Newly-discovered gut enzyme could be disease biomarker

Enzymes used by bacteria to break down mucus in the gut could provide a useful biomarker for intestinal diseases, according to new research published in Nature Communications. Researchers at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham, working with colleagues at Newcastle University, have successfully identified and characterised one of the key enzymes involved in this process. … Continue reading “Newly-discovered gut enzyme could be disease biomarker”

Link discovered between blood cell changes and children’s coronavirus-related diseases

A newly-described disease occurring in children and linked to COVID-19 is characterised by significant changes in white blood cells – a discovery that may allow doctors to better assess their young patients’ condition and predict their resistance to current treatments, a new BHP study reveals. Paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection (PIMS-TS) … Continue reading “Link discovered between blood cell changes and children’s coronavirus-related diseases”

Battling ‘superbugs’: UK and India join forces

Experts at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham are joining forces with their counterparts in India to investigate the impact of antibiotic manufacturing on the spread of potentially fatal drug-resistant infections or ‘superbugs’. An estimated 58,000 babies die in India every year from superbug infections passed on from their mothers, while drug-resistant pathogens cause between … Continue reading “Battling ‘superbugs’: UK and India join forces”

Brain waves can predict future sensitivity to pain

Rhythms produced by the brain can reliably be used to predict how sensitive we are to pain, new research shows. Our brains constantly produce regular rhythmic patterns of activity, which can be compared to musical notes.  Scientists at the University of Birmingham in the UK, and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in the … Continue reading “Brain waves can predict future sensitivity to pain”

£10.8m investment kick-starts life sciences development in Birmingham

Birmingham Health Innovation Campus (BHIC) has been announced as one of eight ‘shovel ready’ projects in the West Midlands which will benefit from a combined £66 million of Government funding. BHIC will sit at the heart of a critical cluster of health excellence led by Birmingham Health Partners – a strategic alliance between the University … Continue reading “£10.8m investment kick-starts life sciences development in Birmingham”