World’s first specialist research centre aims to eliminate scarring within a generation

The first military and civilian wound research centre of its kind in the world was officially opened at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham today, aiming to minimise the psychological and physical impact of scarring among armed forces personnel and civilians wounded in terrorist attacks. The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research is a ground-breaking national facility that marks a vital step in achieving the charity’s goal of achieving scar free healing within … Continue reading “World’s first specialist research centre aims to eliminate scarring within a generation”

Personalised medicine to treat leukaemia is now one step closer

Scientists at the University of Birmingham, a BHP founding member, have revealed the roles that different types of gene mutations play in causing blood cancers in a study that was the culmination of a decade’s research. The findings of the team, led by Professor Constanze Bonifer and Professor Peter Cockerill of the University’s Institute of Cancer and Genomic Studies, mean doctors are now one step closer to being able to provide tailored and targeted treatment … Continue reading “Personalised medicine to treat leukaemia is now one step closer”

Smokers sought for COPD study

Smokers under the age of 45 are invited to take part in ground-breaking research, looking at the risk to smokers of developing a long-term lung condition called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This condition is one of the most common chronic conditions globally and is associated with significant numbers of deaths and disabilities as well as high healthcare costs to the NHS. A major risk factor is smoking but it is unknown why some smokers … Continue reading “Smokers sought for COPD study”

Developing future clinical research leaders

A recent report has shown that providing opportunities for nurses, midwives, allied health professions, pharmacists and healthcare scientists (NMAHPPS) to combine delivering patient care with research, can lead to improved quality, efficiency and innovation. The evaluation looked at the experiences of NMAHPPS from across the West Midlands who successfully completed Health Education England (HEE)-funded programmes between 2014 and 2017. Delivered by Birmingham Health Partners, these programmes include the pre-masters Clinical Academic Internship Programme (CAIP), and … Continue reading “Developing future clinical research leaders”

Fluorescent marker can help surgeons remove dangerous brain tumour cells more accurately

A chemical that highlights tumour cells has been used by surgeons to help spot and safely remove brain cancer in a trial presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference. The research was carried out with patients who had suspected glioma, the disease that killed Dame Tessa Jowell, and the most common form of brain cancer. Treatment usually involves surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible, but it can be challenging for surgeons … Continue reading “Fluorescent marker can help surgeons remove dangerous brain tumour cells more accurately”