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Can seated exercise improve the health of frail older adults?

Volunteer residents at a care home are taking part in a new study with BHP founder member the University of Birmingham, aimed at assessing whether exercising while seated can improve the health and well-being of frail older adults. Participants are gently working out using chair-based resistance exercise machines, which are specially adapted and designed for frail older adults. The study, called Keeping Active in Residential Elderly (KARE), is being conducted by the Physical Activity and … Continue reading “Can seated exercise improve the health of frail older adults?”

Research fellowships will help improve patient care

Two members of staff at BHP founder member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) will begin their NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) this month. Supported by the UHB Integrated Clinical Academic Team, Lisa Shepherd and Nicola Anderson were awarded the prestigious fellowships which enable them to undertake patient-focused research and complete a PhD, whilst continuing to develop their clinical expertise. The Fellowship funds the PhD and related research costs, part-time release from clinical … Continue reading “Research fellowships will help improve patient care”

New trial investigates immunotherapy for chronic liver disease

Two BHP member organisations are collaborating on a new trial which could lead to a ground-breaking new way of treating people with two types of chronic liver disease. Up to 56 patients are being recruited to take part in the MERLIN trial, which will investigate the safety and efficacy of a new cellular immunotherapy in patients with either Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) or Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH). Both PSC and AIH involve inflammation of the bile ducts, which … Continue reading “New trial investigates immunotherapy for chronic liver disease”

New research collaboration uses patients’ own immune system to fight cancer

New West Midlands-based research into cancer treatment will support patients who are fighting cancer in their blood and/or lymph system – especially those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. One in ten people with cancer have leukaemia or lymphoma. Immunotherapy innovations have delivered huge advances for treating cancer in one kind of white blood cell, the B cell – offering life-saving treatment with fewer toxic side-effects for many. Now, BHP founder member the University of … Continue reading “New research collaboration uses patients’ own immune system to fight cancer”

BHF recognises Birmingham’s emerging cardiovascular excellence: accelerator award funding to start today

The University of Birmingham is one of six universities in the UK to receive a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Accelerator Award in recognition of its excellence in cardiovascular research – in particular, atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure, thrombo-inflammation and vascular biology. The award will boost all cardiovascular research in Birmingham, from discovery science to patient benefit, that is coordinated in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICVS) and translated uniquely by Birmingham Health Partners (BHP). … Continue reading “BHF recognises Birmingham’s emerging cardiovascular excellence: accelerator award funding to start today”