January news round-up

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Personalised treatments for childhood brain cancer, new techniques for combatting antiobiotic resistance, the launch of a new research centre and an industry partnership set to develop a new diagnostic tool – it all happened in January 2020. Check out our top stories from the first month of the year below – including the first of our #YearoftheNurseandMidwife feature blogs:

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New scan set to help children with brain tumours

Ground-breaking research by BHP members has discovered a new technique to assess how aggressively a child’s brain tumour is likely to develop. Funded by Children with Cancer UK, Action Medical Research and The Brain Tumour Charity, the study is the first of its kind and will allow clinicians to give more personalised treatments for childhood … Continue reading

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Probiotic drink could help combat antibiotic resistance

A probiotic drink could become a promising new weapon in the battle against antibiotic resistant bacteria, after a team of Birmingham scientists engineered and patented a key genetic element that can tackle the genetic basis of resistance. The team is now seeking funding for a clinical trial for the drink which has potential to work … Continue reading

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Improving the quality of anaemia diagnosis

Ambulatory care specialists at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham, with support from Vifor Pharma UK Limited (VPUK), are working to develop and implement a population based anaemia diagnosis and treatment decision support service for routine healthcare delivery. Anaemia is one of the most common laboratory abnormalities in both community and hospital settings. It is … Continue reading

Linking clinicians and mathematicians

Professor John Terry has joined BHP founder member the University of Birmingham from the University of Exeter, leading the new Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine as an Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow. With a background in applied mathematics, Professor Terry’s interdisciplinary research looks to develop mathematical and computational tools to understand clinical data. Find out … Continue reading


Complex innovative trials: getting medicines to patients faster

Complex Innovative Design (CID) trials could be transformed for the better, following the publication of recommendations in the British Journal of Cancer. The authors believe, if implemented, the 10 recommendations they’ve developed for CID trials could ultimately reduce the time it takes to get innovative treatments to patients with cancer. They are now calling on … Continue reading

Trauma is not nine to five – and neither are our research nurses

Marking the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, 2020 has been named the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ by the World Health Organization (WHO). While many of us will think of a hospital ward-based caregiver when asked to picture a nurse, they actually undertake a much wider variety of roles than you may know. … Continue reading