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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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Providing personalised, targeted treatments for children with brain tumours

Providing personalised, targeted treatments for children with brain tumours
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In a new three-year project Professor Andrew Peet, Reader in Paediatric Oncology and his team at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Children's Hospital are looking to find a way to get more detailed information from MRI scans for children with brain tumours in order to provide more personalised, targeted treatments.
Date:
03/02/2016

Tommy's opens UK's first national early miscarriage centre

Tommy's opens UK's first national early miscarriage centre
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Tommy's, the UK baby charity that funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, is to open the country's first national clinical research centre dedicated to early miscarriage on 1 April. It aims to halve the number of miscarriages by 2030 by funding medical research to understand the cause and effect of miscarriage.
Date:
27/01/2016

The immune system maintains a memory of past infections by priming genes for future encounters

The immune system maintains a memory of past infections by priming genes for future encounters
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Our ability to fight off recurrent infections, such as colds or flu, may lie in the 'immunological memory' found in a newly discovered class of gene regulatory elements, according to research from the University of Birmingham, supported by the BBSRC and Bloodwise.
Date:
27/01/2016

Current therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease shown to be ineffective

Current therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease shown to be ineffective
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New research from the University of Birmingham has shown that physiotherapy and occupational therapy do not produce improvements in quality of life for patients with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease.
Date:
19/01/2016

Very small reductions in kidney function link with heart disease

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New research from the University of Birmingham, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), has found that very small reductions in kidney function are directly linked to subtle heart and blood vessel damage.
Date:
19/01/2016

University of Birmingham collaborates with EastEnders to reduce stigma around Postpartum Psychosis

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University of Birmingham founded project, Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP), along with two leading mental health charities, have helped EastEnders to dramatise Postpartum Psychosis in a high profile storyline.
Date:
11/01/2016

University of Birmingham Staff and Alumni recognised in New Year Honours list.

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Two leading academics from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham have been recognised in the 2016 New Year Honours.
Date:
05/01/2016

University visited by Minister for Life Sciences

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The University was delighted to be joined by the Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman MP, on the 11th November to discuss our vision for Life Sciences at Birmingham.
Date:
02/12/2015

Progesterone supplements do not improve outcomes for women with a history of recurrent miscarriages

Progesterone supplements do not improve outcomes for women with a history of recurrent miscarriages
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New research from the University of Birmingham has shown that progesterone supplements in the first trimester of pregnancy do not improve outcomes in women with a history of unexplained recurrent miscarriages.
Date:
26/11/2015

Diabetes drug could be used to combat fatty liver disease, research shows

Diabetes drug could be used to combat fatty liver disease, research shows
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New research published in The Lancet has shown that a drug, currently used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, can be effective in clearing fatty liver disease from some patients.
Date:
20/11/2015
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