Lymph node structural cells rein in human immune responses

Until now, the study of the immune system has focused almost exclusively on white blood cells, and T cells in particular, as the body’s major infection fighters. New research led by the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute in Australia and BHP founder member the University of Birmingham has now veered away from traditional immunology by turning … Continue reading “Lymph node structural cells rein in human immune responses”

Ground-breaking study tests whether rejected livers can be made viable for transplantation

When a liver is deemed unsuitable for transplantation, can anything be done to make it viable? Researchers at the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham are collaborating on a major study to investigate the use of a liver perfusion machine to increase the number of available viable organs – reducing transplant waiting lists … Continue reading “Ground-breaking study tests whether rejected livers can be made viable for transplantation”

Partners collaborate on breakthrough immunology research

A collaboration between Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the University of Birmingham – both founding members of BHP – will help researchers understand the importance of the thymus in T-cell function and adaptive immunity. Professor Graham Anderson of the Institute of Immunology & Immunotherapy will receive matched thymus and blood samples from children undergoing corrective cardiac surgery, … Continue reading “Partners collaborate on breakthrough immunology research”

Funding awarded for study linking antibiotics and fungal infections

Dr Rebecca Drummond, who recently established a research group at founder member the University of Birmingham, has won an award from the British Infection Association to study the links between antibiotic treatment and fungal diseases. Antibiotics are a life-saving drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria. However, some patients treated with these drugs will go on … Continue reading “Funding awarded for study linking antibiotics and fungal infections”