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Birmingham Health Partners tops the league table for clinical trials recruitment

League tables published today (18th July ’18) by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), have ranked BHP founder members as the top three West Midlands NHS trusts for recruitment to clinical research. Figures show that a record 70,720 people took part in vital clinical research in the West Midlands in 2017/18 – the highest number ever in one year. The 2017/18 NIHR Research Activity League Table details how much clinical research is happening, where and … Continue reading “Birmingham Health Partners tops the league table for clinical trials recruitment”

7,000 strokes prevented as GPs improve diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation

Around 7,000 strokes each year are being prevented thanks to GPs more than doubling the number of patients at high risk being prescribed with blood thinning drugs. Researchers from BHP founder member the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Applied Health Research analysed general practice records of five million patients from 2000 to 2016 to find out how many people have a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and how many are receiving treatment to prevent strokes. Atrial fibrillation is … Continue reading “7,000 strokes prevented as GPs improve diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation”

Internship demonstrates value of collaboration

An internship scheme at the Inflammation Research Facility (IRF), part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), has shown the benefits of collaboration between Birmingham Health Partner members UHB and the University of Birmingham (UoB) Sadhika Yasmin, a biomedical science graduate, helped at the IRF in the autumn and winter of 2017. “I started by meeting patients at the front desk, and walking them through to the IRF,” Sadhika explains. “I also made blood … Continue reading “Internship demonstrates value of collaboration”

Birmingham research used by NASA

Antibodies developed at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham have been used by NASA to assess how long duration space flight affects the immune system. The antibodies are part of a medical test called Seralite®-FLC ELISA, which was used in the year-long study of astronauts from the International Space Station to examine the effect of space flight on B cells, the white blood cells that make antibodies to help fight infection. Reduced immune function … Continue reading “Birmingham research used by NASA”

Inherited heart disease service goes from strength to strength

A service that screens people for a condition that leads to early heart disease – based at BHP founder member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) – has received hundreds of referrals in its first six months. The West Midlands Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Service (WMFHS), which is the first region-wide screening service in the UK, offers screening to all family members of those diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH). For those individuals who receive a negative … Continue reading “Inherited heart disease service goes from strength to strength”