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The research undertake in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences often makes headlines. This news listing showcases important developments, initiatives and successes connected to our research.

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Birmingham to lead pioneering study to test new treatment for Sjogren's syndrome

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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has today announced the start of the UK's first commercial trial of a new treatment for Sjogren's syndrome.
Date:
08/12/2014

Folic acid reduces the risk of babies being born small for gestational age; but uptake remains low

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Taking folic acid before conception significantly reduces the risk of small for gestational age (SGA) at birth, but despite the benefits there are still thousands who opt against following the recommendation.
Date:
26/11/2014

Could a vaccine help to fight cancer? You can help us find out

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Working with Cancer Research UK, the Birmingham research team (Prof Alan Rickinson, Dr Neil Steven and Dr Graham Taylor; all in the School of Cancer Sciences) have already tested the vaccine in a small number of patients with an EBV-related head and neck cancer. It is currently being tested in larger clinical trials worldwide.
Date:
20/11/2014

Birmingham and Nottingham projects to strengthen UK-Rio research links

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The University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham have strengthened their collaborations with Brazilian institutions in the state of Rio de Janeiro after securing funding for a number of country-specific research projects. The Rio de Janeiro State Funding Agency (FAPERJ) has allocated £100,000 for nine research projects in 2014/2015, with the amount matched by combined funding from the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham.
Date:
12/11/2014

Patients to benefit from new £5m MRC Regional Phenome Centre at Birmingham

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The University of Birmingham has announced plans to establish a £5m MRC Regional Phenome Centre (RPC), which will help to improve the health of patients through novel research and technology.
Date:
05/11/2014

Using white blood cells to fight liver cancer

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A new project, looking at the effect of blood containing anti-tumour activating cells on liver cancer, has been funded by the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme, an MRC and NIHR partnership.
Date:
27/10/2014

£7m funding boost for clinical research in Birmingham

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A state-of-the-art facility for research into immune-mediated inflammatory diseases and blood cancers at the University of Birmingham has been announced by Rt Hon George Osborne MP. The Chancellor of the Exchequer pledged an investment of over £230m to enhance the UK's clinical research infrastructure, which includes £7m to set up the West Midlands Stratified Medicine Innovation & Translation Facility.
Date:
24/10/2014

Poor quality data is informing the future of our patient care, warns study

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An investigation into how patient outcomes are assessed in clinical trials has revealed a worrying lack of consistency, raising concerns about funding being wasted on the acquisition of poor quality data.
Date:
17/10/2014

University of Birmingham jumps nine places in world research rankings

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The University of Birmingham has risen an impressive nine points in the latest world research rankings, placing it in 112th place among the top 500 global research universities. The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2014, also known as the NTU Ranking, ranked Birmingham ninth overall in the UK.
Date:
16/10/2014
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