Birmingham research brings hope for spinal cord injury treatment

Birmingham scientists have shown an existing drug may reduce damage after spinal cord injury, by blocking the inflammatory response in the spinal cord. Their research, published today in Clinical and Translational Medicine, demonstrates that AZD1236, a drug developed by AstraZeneca, can significantly reduce ‘secondary damage’ caused by the body’s response to spinal cord injury (SCI). Researchers … Continue reading “Birmingham research brings hope for spinal cord injury treatment”

New research collaboration will develop precision cell therapies for blood disorders

The Universities of Birmingham and Oxford are to take part in one of five NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) research units launched today. The £20m programme, co-funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and NHSBT – are aimed at providing new technologies, techniques or insights that will benefit donation, transfusion, and transplantation. The NIHR … Continue reading “New research collaboration will develop precision cell therapies for blood disorders”

Antibiotics can lead to fungal infection because of disruption to the gut’s immune system

Patients prescribed antibiotics in hospital are more likely to get fungal infections because of disruption to the immune system in the gut. According to a new study from BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham and National Institutes of Health, using immune-boosting drugs alongside the antibiotics could reduce the health risks from these complex infections. The life-threatening … Continue reading “Antibiotics can lead to fungal infection because of disruption to the gut’s immune system”

Healthy Mum, Healthy Baby, Healthy Future: Report Sets out Vision to Deliver Safe, Effective and Accessible Medicines for use in Pregnancy

In a UK-first report launched today, in the House of Commons, leading figures from charity, healthcare, industry, law and academia have outlined a collaborative vision for UK leadership to improve maternal health. The Healthy Mum, Healthy Baby, Healthy Future: The Case for UK Leadership in the Development of Safe, Effective and Accessible Medicines for Use … Continue reading “Healthy Mum, Healthy Baby, Healthy Future: Report Sets out Vision to Deliver Safe, Effective and Accessible Medicines for use in Pregnancy”

Improving access to quality post-injury care can save lives

A major study led by BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham will help reduce unnecessary deaths in developing countries from injuries caused by accidents or violence. Every year five million people die due to injuries like road traffic accidents, burns, falls, or violence – with 90% of these deaths in Low- or Middle-income Countries (LMICs). … Continue reading “Improving access to quality post-injury care can save lives”