Institute of Inflammation and Ageing

From basic science to clinical trials, we cover every aspect of research into inflammation, the role it plays in ageing and the response to trauma.

Rugby study identifies new method to diagnose concussion using saliva

A University of Birmingham-led study of top-flight UK rugby players – carried out in collaboration with the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby, and Marker Diagnostics – has identified a method of accurately diagnosing concussion using saliva, paving the way for the first non-invasive clinical test for concussion for use in sport and other settings.

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  • Acute Care Research

    Improving patient care through multidisciplinary research and real-word assessment of the management of acute illness across the life-course and specialties

  • Ageing and Frailty

    Understanding the mechanisms that underlie the loss of immunity or musculoskeletal health with ageing and trauma, using this knowledge to develop interventions.

  • Neuroscience, Trauma and Ophthalmology

    Development of novel strategies, tools, diagnostics and technologies focussed on inflammation, scarring, regeneration and repair.

  • Rheumatology

    Research focussed on inflammatory rheumatic diseases; in particular the pathobiology, comorbidity and patient reported outcomes.

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