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”

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”

BHP Professor-Consultant announced as ‘future leader’ in Innovation, Enterprise and Research Programme

Alastair Denniston, a leading Birmingham Health Partners Professor and Consultant, has been announced as one of the first participants in The Academy of Medical Sciences’ novel Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise and Research (FLIER) Programme. A Professor at the University of Birmingham and Consultant Ophthalmologist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Alastair is one … Continue reading “BHP Professor-Consultant announced as ‘future leader’ in Innovation, Enterprise and Research Programme”

Award win for cross-city dermatology study

A team of dermatologists from hospitals around Birmingham were delighted to be awarded a prestigious trophy for the ‘Best Scientific Session Paper’ at the 98th Annual Meeting of British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), held in Edinburgh earlier this year. The winning paper, written by clinicians from both of the BHP trusts (University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) … Continue reading “Award win for cross-city dermatology study”

Birmingham paediatric cardiology study identifies key research priorities

Cardiology experts from Birmingham Health Partners have led the first national study into identifying research priorities for patients diagnosed with single-ventricle heart conditions. Single-ventricle heart conditions occur in about 2 to 3 in every 10,000 births, and typically children have to undergo three or more open heart surgeries before school age, culminating in the Fontan … Continue reading “Birmingham paediatric cardiology study identifies key research priorities”