Research Tackles Liver Transplant Failure
The re-infection of transplanted livers with hepatitis C virus (HCV) – which can irreparably damage the new organ - could be halted by administering a drug which blocks the virus entering the liver, research from the University of Birmingham presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) 2013 Meeting demonstrates.
BRU on camera!!
The work of the Liver BRU features on a film made for the AASLD 2013 meeting. The film shows Professor David Adams, Dr Gideon Hirschfield, Professor Philip Newsome and Dr Evaggelia Liaskou talking about the important work of the Birmingham NIHR Liver Biomedical Research Unit. Dr Hirschfield notes that we are in a unique place in liver disease, having the university that leads the way in liver disease research and a 'hospital that has one of the most famous liver units in the world with a track record of liver transplantation going back decades.' Professor David Adams enthused about the opportunity and impact the unit can have, saying, "Our vision and what really excited me about this unit is the ability for the first time in my career, is to take basic discovery science from the laboratory into the patient for the benefit of patients with liver disease. We hope this is the beginning of a very exciting era of translational medicine in Birmingham
The film was screened in various conference venues and can now be seen on YouTube:
NIHR Lecturer Ian Rowe won the prize for the best oral presentation at the 2013 NIHR Experimental Medicine Research Training Camp
Ian receiving his prize from Professor Dave Jones
2013 NIHR Senior Investigator Awards
11th March 2013
Professor David Adams who is the director of the Birmingham NIHR Biomedical Research Unit has been awarded the title of NIHR Senior Investigator. He was one of just 19 out of 109 new applications to receive the award which are made according to criteria of quality and volume of internationally excellent research; its relevance to patients; and the public; impact on improvements in healthcare and public health; impact of individual research leadership including for NIHR; engagement of patients and the public and engagement of healthcare policy makers and planners with their research.
Liver BRU on Radio 4
About a third of deaths from liver disease are down to excessive alcohol consumption, but what is responsible for the majority of liver related deaths? Dr Mark Porter investigates this topic with doctors from the Birmingham NIHR Biomedical Research Unit on Inside Health on BBC Radio 4 at 9pm on 31st July 2012.
Clinical Research Fellow Matthew Armstrong has won a poster prize at the 2012 NIHR Experimental Medicine Research Training Camp
The NIHR Experimental Medicine Research Training Camp was attended by 70 invited PhD students from Biomedical Research Centres, Biomedical Research Units and Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care. As a condition of attendance at the Training Camp, each trainee had to submit an abstract about their research work. Only 35 were selected for presentation. Matthew won the best poster prize and was one of only 4 poster prizes awarded. The poster competition was judged by Professor Jim Neilson (Dean of NIHR Trainees), Dr. Denise Best (Academic Careers Manager at Oxford BRU), Margaret Hall and Isobel Boyer (NIHR lay advisors).