World first: gene therapy trial for rare disease patient

A patient at BHP’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) has become the first person in the world to take part in a pioneering gene therapy trial for his rare disease. Simon Smith, 45, was diagnosed with Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency as a teenager.   Although he defied medical expectations by living a full life in … Continue reading “World first: gene therapy trial for rare disease patient”

New software makes lethal heart conditions easier to spot

Software developed by BHP founding member the University of Birmingham has the potential to improve the identification, prevention and treatment of dangerous heart conditions. The heart’s pumping ability is controlled by electrical activity that triggers the heart muscle cells to contract and relax. In certain heart diseases such as arrhythmia, the organ’s electrical activity is … Continue reading “New software makes lethal heart conditions easier to spot”

Research awards for endocrine nurse

A senior clinical nurse specialist in the endocrine team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) has collected two distinctive awards at the most recent annual British Endocrine Society conference, where she also presented her work. Chona Feliciano was the only nurse in the line-up of academic and clinical speakers at the conference’s clinical highlights session. Chona … Continue reading “Research awards for endocrine nurse”

Genome sequencing during pregnancy identifies developmental disorders

Research carried out in collaboration with BHP founder member the University of Birmingham has found that genetic testing improves the diagnoses of abnormalities in developing babies that are picked up during ultrasound scans. The research, published today in The Lancet, was carried out by the University’s Institute of Metabolism and Systems, Wellcome Sanger Institute, University of … Continue reading “Genome sequencing during pregnancy identifies developmental disorders”

More die post-surgery than from HIV, TB, and malaria combined

Worldwide, 4.2 million deaths occur each year within 30 days of surgery – with half of these occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a new study reveals. There is also a significant unmet need for surgery in LMICs and researchers believe that if operations were provided for all patients who need them, the number … Continue reading “More die post-surgery than from HIV, TB, and malaria combined”