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CEO of first Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust receives prestigious university honour

The Chief Executive who created the first NHS Trust of its kind has received a top university honour in recognition of her contribution to healthcare. Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive of founder member Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University to celebrate her impact on health services across the West Midlands and wider UK. Renowned for an innovative approach to NHS services, and putting patients and staff at the heart of all she does, … Continue reading “CEO of first Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust receives prestigious university honour”

Distinguished Scientist Award for University’s Head of Dentistry

Professor Iain Chapple, Head of the School of Dentistry at founder member the University of Birmingham, has received a prestigious award in recognition of his outstanding research in periodontal disease. Prof Chapple is one of 17 scientists from around the world to receive the International Association for Dental Research’s Distinguished Scientist Awards, which are designed to recognise, encourage, and stimulate outstanding research achievements. It is the first time in 13 years that a UK scientist has … Continue reading “Distinguished Scientist Award for University’s Head of Dentistry”

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 to develop fungal infections. The reason why this happens isn’t well understood. Recent evidence has suggested that antibiotics may affect … Continue reading “Funding awarded for study linking antibiotics and fungal infections”

New database is latest weapon in the fight against antimicrobial resistance

New antibiotics to tackle the global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could be on the way, thanks to a newly-launched database which brings together antibacterial compound discoveries. The new resource, outlined in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, is the result of a collaboration between BHP founder member the University of Birmingham, the John Innes Centre and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. It comes after the World Health Organization in 2009 declared AMR one of the … Continue reading “New database is latest weapon in the fight against antimicrobial resistance”

Researchers one step closer to developing eye drops to treat age-related macular degeneration

Scientists at founder members the University of Birmingham are one step closer to developing an eye drop that could revolutionise treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world.  Its prevalence is increasing dramatically as the population ages and it is estimated that, by 2020, there will be about 200 million people worldwide with the condition.  In the UK alone, there are over 500,000 people with late … Continue reading “Researchers one step closer to developing eye drops to treat age-related macular degeneration”