UK scientists designed world’s most sophisticated COVID-19 sequencing system – here’s how they did it

New bioinformatics software and cloud computing approaches developed at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham have enabled the UK’s COVID-19 genome sequencing effort to be the most sophisticated in the world. The system, called CLIMB-COVID was designed for the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium, set up in March 2020 to tackle the huge challenge of rapidly sequencing … Continue reading “UK scientists designed world’s most sophisticated COVID-19 sequencing system – here’s how they did it”

An eight-week gap between Pfizer vaccines is the ‘sweet spot’ for antibody levels and ‘helper’ T cells

A new study carried out in collaboration with BHP founder members the University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham shows both short and long dosing schedules of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine generate strong antibody and T cell immune responses. The study, led by the University of Oxford, in collaboration with the Universities of Birmingham, Newcastle, … Continue reading “An eight-week gap between Pfizer vaccines is the ‘sweet spot’ for antibody levels and ‘helper’ T cells”

Rheumatology Research Group awarded five year EULAR Centre of Excellence Status

The Rheumatology Research Group (RRG) at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham has been awarded five-year EULAR Centre of Excellence status for the second time in a row. EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) represents people with arthritis/rheumatism as well as health professionals in rheumatology and scientific societies across Europe. The application reflects extensive collaboration across rheumatology … Continue reading “Rheumatology Research Group awarded five year EULAR Centre of Excellence Status”

New study aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women with multiple health conditions

BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham is leading a new three-year UK-wide study aimed at improving healthcare and outcomes for pregnant women who have two or more active long-term health conditions. Currently, one in five pregnant women in the UK have two or more active long-term health conditions. These can be both physical conditions (like … Continue reading “New study aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women with multiple health conditions”

People with 5+ symptoms in first week of infection more susceptible to Long Covid

Individuals experiencing five or more symptoms of COVID-19 in the first week of infection are significantly more likely to develop long COVID, irrespective of age or gender, according to a new review led by BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. The review by the University of Birmingham-led Therapies for Long COVID (TLC) Study Group, published … Continue reading “People with 5+ symptoms in first week of infection more susceptible to Long Covid”