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All the latest research news, discoveries and breakthroughs


Fibroblast cells play a key role in resolving joint inflammation, new study finds

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The discovery may open up new avenues for treatment for arthritis patients
Date:
23 February 2024

University of Birmingham wins Wellcome Trust funding for research culture

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The University will use the grant to fund a programme of research, training and capacity-building.
Date:
22 February 2024

Professor Adam Croft appointed as Versus Arthritis Chair of Rheumatology

Professor Adam Croft
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Professor Adam Croft announced as the new Versus Arthritis Chair of Rheumatology and Head of the Rheumatology Research group at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
15 February 2024

Stopping the awakening of sleeping Acute Myeloid Leukaemia stem cells to prevent disease relapse

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New study provides clues to why leukaemic stem cells not harmed by chemotherapy begin to grow and produce AML cells after treatment.
Date:
15 February 2024

Further funding for new device to improve treatment of anal fistula

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The award will fund a clinical study across 10 UK hospitals to demonstrate clinical safety and healing endpoints in over 100 patients.
Date:
14 February 2024

First Patient treated in LIBERATE trial evaluating glenzocimab for heart attacks

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Partnership agreement with Acticor Biotech sees first patient treated in the LIBERATE clinical study to evaluate glenzocimab efficacy in myocardial infarction.
Date:
14 February 2024

Cost-effective to routinely change surgical gloves and instruments as well as being safer

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Results of economic analysis of ChEETAh trial looks at evidence from seven low and middle-income countries
Date:
13 February 2024

Anabolic steroid use can increase heart disease risk

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Taking testosterone may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation in individuals with an existing predisposition
Date:
13 February 2024

Researchers across the UK will benefit from support from Birmingham

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The University of Birmingham has been selected to run the National Collaborative of Research Support Services (RSS).
Date:
08 February 2024

Professor Fiona de Londras appointed to the Barber Chair of Jurisprudence

Professor Fiona de Londras
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The prestigious post within Birmingham Law School, recognising an outstanding researcher in public law, goes to a woman for the first time in 89 years.
Date:
07 February 2024

The effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on health and wellbeing

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Dr Joht Singh Chandan writes about how Childhood Sexual Abuse has a significant and meaningful impact on the global burden of disease.
Date:
06 February 2024

New research into autoimmune liver condition suggests unique cell movements may be driving disease

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A Birmingham study reveals a novel cellular phenomenon could be responsible for the onset of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC).
Date:
02 February 2024

Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit: Celebrating 40 Years of Funding From Cancer Research UK

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To mark four decades of funding, the Birmingham Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) held a special celebratory event in January.
Date:
02 February 2024

Birmingham Platelet Group recognised in 2023 Pharmaceutical Technology Excellence Awards

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Birmingham researchers have been celebrated for their breakthrough work in thrombosis.
Date:
02 February 2024

Immune cells lose ‘killer instinct’ in cancerous tumours – but functionality can be re-awakened

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First study tracking how NK cells respond in tumours found that stimulating the IL-15 pathway prevented the rapid loss of function and improved tumour control
Date:
02 February 2024

New and highly infectious E. coli strain resistant to powerful antibiotics

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More infectious version of bacteria found to have caused two outbreaks in a children’s hospital in China
Date:
31 January 2024

New appointment: Dr Shivan Sivakumar

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Dr Shivan Sivakumar, a nationally recognised oncologist in cancers of the pancreas, liver and biliary tract, joins the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.
Date:
30 January 2024

Patients at high health risk during India floods benefit from £3 million project

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National Institute for Health and Care Research funding to develop healthcare interventions to protect vulnerable Indian patients at risk from seasonal flooding
Date:
25 January 2024

Who needs blockchain? New research says many decisions to use blockchain are unnecessary

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New research has revealed that blockchain technology is probably unnecessary in the majority of cases, despite its popularity.
Date:
24 January 2024

Dr Chris Laoutaris elected a Fellow of the English Association

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Dr Chris Laoutaris has been invited to join the Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding work and achievements as a member of the community of English.
Date:
24 January 2024