September news round-up

Baroness Blackwood with members of the BHP team

As September was such a busy and successful month across Birmingham Health Partners, we're bringing you a round-up of the month's top stories.

Baroness Blackwood in discussions with the BHP team

The power of understanding the patient: Health minister visits Birmingham Health Partners

Thursday 26 September saw Baroness Blackwood, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation at the Department of Health and Social Care, visit Birmingham Health Partners for a broad introduction to our work. On the agenda were our new Health Data Research Hubs, expertise in patient-reported outcomes research and the critical global challenge of women’s and … Continue reading

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Pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients

Seven new data hubs will be rolled out across the UK to speed up research for new medicines, treatments, and technologies that support quicker diagnoses and save lives Two of the seven will be led by Birmingham researchers working with national partners to connect and analyse data safely and securely Patients and the public will … Continue reading

Members of BHP and ABPI with the signed agreement

New collaboration will tackle Birmingham’s biggest health challenges

A new collaboration to tackle the biggest health challenges faced by the West Midlands’ six million residents will use real-time clinical trials and health data to speed up research and improve cancer care, maternity services, child health, obesity, and dementia. Birmingham Health Partners  will team up with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) … Continue reading

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Anti-malarial drug can make cancer chemotherapy more effective

Scientists at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham have found an anti-malarial drug was effective in treating head and neck cancer in mice. The drug quinacrine was used extensively to prevent and treat malaria in soldiers fighting in mosquito-ridden areas during World War Two. Similar to the quinine that makes tonic water glow, it … Continue reading

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Breath-holding technique could improve outcomes for radiotherapy patients

Patients with chest and abdomen tumours will be able to stay immobile for longer – and receive more targeted treatment with radiation beams – thanks to a breath-holding technique developed by researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham. In the study, published in Radiotherapy and Oncology, researchers demonstrated that, by safely increasing oxygen levels … Continue reading

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AI could be as effective at diagnosing disease as health professionals

Artificial intelligence (AI) appears to detect diseases from medical imaging with similar levels of accuracy as healthcare professionals, according to research led by two BHP founder members. The research, the first systematic review and meta-analysis synthesising all the available evidence from scientific literature, was published today (Sept 24th) in The Lancet Digital Health. But the … Continue reading