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Identifying DNA repair genes holds promise for improving cancer treatment

A new way in which cancer cells can repair DNA damage has been discovered by researchers at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. These new findings shed new light on how cancer cells react to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and also uncover a new way in which cancer can become resistant to particular treatments. These insights … Continue reading “Identifying DNA repair genes holds promise for improving cancer treatment”

New research will explore the effects of extreme environments on tissue engineered models

A new research consortium led by BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham – working with Cranfield University – will investigate how extreme environments affect human biology. Research in this area is challenging because of the difficulties of simulating conditions – such as weak or ‘micro’ gravity and additionally, mechanical stress – in a laboratory setting … Continue reading “New research will explore the effects of extreme environments on tissue engineered models”

Birmingham research brings hope for spinal cord injury treatment

Birmingham scientists have shown an existing drug may reduce damage after spinal cord injury, by blocking the inflammatory response in the spinal cord. Their research, published today in Clinical and Translational Medicine, demonstrates that AZD1236, a drug developed by AstraZeneca, can significantly reduce ‘secondary damage’ caused by the body’s response to spinal cord injury (SCI). Researchers … Continue reading “Birmingham research brings hope for spinal cord injury treatment”

New research collaboration will develop precision cell therapies for blood disorders

The Universities of Birmingham and Oxford are to take part in one of five NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) research units launched today. The £20m programme, co-funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and NHSBT – are aimed at providing new technologies, techniques or insights that will benefit donation, transfusion, and transplantation. The NIHR … Continue reading “New research collaboration will develop precision cell therapies for blood disorders”

Antibiotics can lead to fungal infection because of disruption to the gut’s immune system

Patients prescribed antibiotics in hospital are more likely to get fungal infections because of disruption to the immune system in the gut. According to a new study from BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham and National Institutes of Health, using immune-boosting drugs alongside the antibiotics could reduce the health risks from these complex infections. The life-threatening … Continue reading “Antibiotics can lead to fungal infection because of disruption to the gut’s immune system”