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£12M research centre will improve efficiency of rare disease trials to unlock tests and treatments

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Researchers from The University of Birmingham have created a new £12M research centre to improve clinical trials for rare diseases.
Date:
23 April 2024

Birmingham-Illinois “BRIDGE” Alliance marks 10th year of collaboration with $600,000 investment

Professor Robin Mason, Professor Adam Tickell, Robert J Jones, and Professor Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela
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Marking ten years of a successful partnership, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Birmingham are boosting joint research funding
Date:
19 April 2024

New Brazil Institute strengthens in-country ties with tour

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Brazil Institute launches in-country with University of Birmingham academics connecting with their counterparts across Brazil
Date:
19 April 2024

Bridging science and creativity: a reflective session on liver health

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Description:
Birmingham researchers hosted a unique event that brought together liver disease patients, researchers, charity partners, and an artist in residence.
Date:
19 April 2024

How the Birmingham Drug Discovery Hub created an investment-ready ‘drug library’

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Set up to realise untapped potential in Birmingham’s drug discovery research, the Hub has attracted more than £4m on the back of just £0.2m investment
Date:
18 April 2024

£17.9m for Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre network to bolster UK clinical trial infrastructure

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The network includes the Midlands-Wales Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre, jointly delivered by University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham.
Date:
17 April 2024

Harnessing B cells could fight cancer or autoimmune diseases by targeting mitochondrial metabolism

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New research finds a crucial role for Thioredoxin protein in regulatory B cells control of the immune system
Date:
17 April 2024

Launch of new international medical code for presymptomatic type 1 diabetes

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Description:
University of Birmingham and NHS England researchers have created a diagnostic code for presymptomatic type 1 diabetes to enhance healthcare treatment.
Date:
17 April 2024

New Inflammatory Bowel Disease testing protocol could speed up diagnosis

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Description:
Serial home tests would reduce unnecessary colonoscopy testing
Date:
15 April 2024

Professor Rosie Harding elected to the Bench of Middle Temple

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Description:
The Birmingham Law School Professor has been unanimously elected as an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.
Date:
15 April 2024

Live long and prosper? 7 top tips for targeting inflammaging and promoting a longer healthier life

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Description:
As people are living longer, experts from the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing cover seven evidence-based recommendations to tackle 'inflammageing'.
Date:
15 April 2024

Objective biomarker test could predict heart disease risk for patients with common arrhythmia

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Description:
Patients with Atrial Fibrillation deemed high risk following analysis had five times as many cardiovascular events as low-risk cluster
Date:
13 April 2024

Applied research partnership helps to create sustainable global future

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Description:
The University of Birmingham's renewed partnership with Fraunhofer UMSICHT will create a UK-Germany partnership that can boost global sustainability
Date:
10 April 2024

Targeting RAS proteins may prevent relapse in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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Description:
Targeting RAS family proteins in FLT3-ITD+ Acute Myeloid Leukemia shuts off a common route to drug resistance.
Date:
09 April 2024

New research partnership set to improve health in China’s Greater Bay area

Partners attending the Clinical Research International Cooperation Forum
Description:
The University of Birmingham and Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University are working together to improve healthcare in China and beyond.
Date:
05 April 2024

Doctors on front line of tackling childhood obesity but more training and resources needed

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Description:
In-depth interviews reveal little training for healthcare professionals or additional resources to support families
Date:
04 April 2024

£1 million grant announced for research to support those affected by harmful gambling

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Description:
Researchers in Law and Public Health at the University of Birmingham are calling for more action to reduce the impact of harmful gambling on public health.
Date:
28 March 2024

University of Birmingham and Fraunhofer UMSICHT renew applied research partnership

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Description:
UK - Germany partnership looks to broaden collaboration in delivering green energy and renewable resources.
Date:
26 March 2024

Clinical trial shows rheumatoid arthritis drug could prevent disease

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Description:
A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis could also prevent the disease in individuals deemed to be at risk.
Date:
26 March 2024

Lung disease puts patients at risk of developing heart conditions regardless of other risk factors

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Description:
Trial in rare disease enables researchers to control for other factors and find underlying action for cardiovascular disease risk
Date:
22 March 2024