Scientists link hormone production in baby wallabies to human genital development

Research led by the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester has made a connection between the way baby wallabies produce male hormones and how some human girls are born with genitalia that resemble those of a boy. The research, published in PNAS and supported by the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council, shows that an alternative … Continue reading “Scientists link hormone production in baby wallabies to human genital development”

Widely-available drug could reduce deaths from head injury

A low cost and widely available drug could reduce deaths in traumatic brain injury patients by as much as 20 per cent depending on the severity of injury, according to a major study carried out in collaboration with BHP member the University of Birmingham. The research, published in The Lancet, showed that tranexamic acid (TXA), … Continue reading “Widely-available drug could reduce deaths from head injury”

New insight into how we make and retrieve memories

Neuroscientists at BHP member the University of Birmingham have proved how different parts of the human brain work together to create and retrieve episodic memory. Models suggested that, during formation of a memory, information is routed from cortex to hippocampus – and when retrieving a memory, this information should flow in reverse. Birmingham researchers demonstrated … Continue reading “New insight into how we make and retrieve memories”

Birmingham researchers call for NHS to act on mental health patient feedback

Researchers from the University of Birmingham are today making a series of recommendations  for improving the way that NHS mental health trusts collect and use patient feedback to improve the quality of care for mental health inpatients. As part of a collaborative study funded by NIHR, a team from the Universities of Birmingham, Warwick, Sheffield and Queen Mary University … Continue reading “Birmingham researchers call for NHS to act on mental health patient feedback”

Fresh insights could lead to new treatments for liver disease

The fight against liver disease could be helped by the discovery of cells that cause liver scarring, thanks to a study by the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with BHP researchers. The study has identified new sub-types of cells that, when they interact, accelerate the scarring process in diseased livers. Experts hope that by understanding … Continue reading “Fresh insights could lead to new treatments for liver disease”