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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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Research explains the role of the gene BRCA1 in DNA repair

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham are a step closer to understanding the role of the gene BRCA1. Changes in this gene are associated with a high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer
Date:
31/05/2016

Trial launches for children's brain cancer

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The University of Birmingham's Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit will coordinate the UK arm of a large international clinical trial for a type of children's brain tumour, called ependymoma.
Date:
27/05/2016

What would a future without antibiotics be like?

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Professor Laura Piddock, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire programme last week raising awareness of the antibiotic crisis; on the same day a report was issued highlighting the urgent need for action to help tackle this global problem.
Date:
25/05/2016

Midlands research powerhouse will use powerful new imaging technology to develop the next generation of drugs

Midlands research powerhouse will use powerful new imaging technology to develop the next generation of drugs
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The next generation of drugs to tackle two of the planets biggest killers are to be developed through a partnership bringing together powerful Nobel Prizewinning imaging technology and some of the brightest scientific minds from around the globe.
Date:
12/05/2016

Patients and doctors in Brazil need better education on leprosy

Patients and doctors in Brazil need better education on leprosy
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Better education for both patients and doctors on how to spot the early symptoms of leprosy would help to reduce cases of the disease in Brazil, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
11/05/2016

Study finds no evidence linking weekend staffing levels in hospitals to mortality

Study finds no evidence linking weekend staffing levels in hospitals to mortality
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The 'weekend effect' – that patients admitted to hospital over the weekend are at an increased risk of death – overshadows a much more complex pattern of weekly changes in quality of care, which are unlikely to be addressed by simply increasing the availability of hospital doctors on Saturdays and Sundays.
Date:
11/05/2016

Insitute of Inflammation & Ageing Launch Workshop 2016

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The Institute of Inflammation and Ageing held its inaugural workshop event on Friday 8th April 2016. The event was hosted and chaired by Institute Director, Professor Janet Lord, (who was recently featured in the BBC programme 'How To Stay Young') and Deputy Director Professor Chris Buckley.
Date:
09/05/2016

Surgery death rates three times higher in lower income countries

Surgery death rates three times higher in lower income countries
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New research has shown that patients undergoing emergency surgery in lower income countries have a three times greater chance of dying than in higher income countries.
Date:
04/05/2016

Air pollutants may increase risk of cancer, research shows

Air pollutants may increase risk of cancer, research shows
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Researchers have found that long-term exposure to environmental pollutants was associated with increased risk of mortality for many types of cancer in an elderly Hong Kong population.
Date:
29/04/2016

Flu jab works better when given in the morning, research shows

Flu jab works better when given in the morning, research shows
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New research from the University of Birmingham suggests that administering vaccinations in the morning, rather than the afternoon, could induce greater, and thus more protective, antibody responses with the potential to lead to more efficient flu prevention strategies.
Date:
26/04/2016
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