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All the latest research news, discoveries and breakthroughs


Key target for rejuvenation treatments needs ‘re-brand’

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Description:
‘Senescence’ involves range of processes and cells that have both positive and negative functions – so targeting them as responsible for ageing not true
Date:
20 June 2024

New insights into the development of Sjögren's disease unlocked

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Description:
By looking at the salivary glands of Sjogren’s Disease patients, researchers could reveal new insights to inform the development of new targeted treatments.
Date:
19 June 2024

Funding to explore new blood test to help diagnose difficult to detect myeloma

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Description:
Researchers are hoping to develop a new blood test to help diagnose and monitor non-measurable myeloma, thanks to funding from Blood Cancer UK.
Date:
19 June 2024

Boosting key myeloma datasets may enhance patient outcomes

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Description:
Research data held within the Clinical Immunology Service will be transformed into an important resource for myeloma research thanks to new funding.
Date:
18 June 2024

University of Birmingham and JITRI sign PhD development programme

University of Birmingham Vice Chancellor & Principal Professor Adam Tickell and JITRI President Professor Qing Liu
Description:
Jiangsu Industry Technology Research Institute (JITRI) and the University of Birmingham are joining forces to help Chinese researchers develop their skills.
Date:
14 June 2024

Mothers lower risk of caesarean births after COVID vaccination

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Description:
Global meta-analysis of 1.8m women found vaccines led to 61% lower odds of infection during pregnancy and lower odds of hypertension and neonatal ICU admission
Date:
13 June 2024

Research-informed practice shines at University's Action Research Network Conference

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Description:
The University of Birmingham Dubai’s 2nd Action Research Network Conference highlights research-informed practice among teachers from 80 schools across the UAE.
Date:
11 June 2024

New fusion of art and science gives unique takes on latest medical research

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Description:
Visual art, sculpture, computer games and music among varied mediums representing research investigating topics including autism, and AI and the human brain
Date:
10 June 2024

Children’s brain tumours could be diagnosed with 10 min scan, based on metabolic signature

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Description:
New research suggests that MRI scanning could be used to determine which of four types of medulloblastoma present – which could cut wait for treatment by weeks.
Date:
10 June 2024

General Election 2024: The Conservative homicide sentencing policy ignores prison overcrowding

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Description:
John Child, Professor of Criminal Law, explains some of the more controversial aspects of the Conservative's pledges on homicide sentencing.
Date:
07 June 2024

Epstein-Barr Virus and brain cross-reactivity: possible mechanism for Multiple Sclerosis

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Description:
The common virus’ link with multiple sclerosis is likely to be caused by greater amounts of immune system ‘misdirection’ than previously thought
Date:
06 June 2024

Lifesaving childbirth blood loss intervention is highly cost-effective

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Description:
Additional cost to achieve the improved outcome could be as little as 30 US cents extra - on average, compared to usual care.
Date:
06 June 2024

Patients with a common heart rhythm disorder are at risk of vascular dementia

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Description:
A wider group of patients with atrial fibrillation than previously thought are at risk of stroke, blood clots, vascular dementia and death
Date:
05 June 2024

Respiratory Research: 5 Decades of Impact at the University of Birmingham

Group photo of researchers attending the 50 years of respiratory research event.
Description:
To mark five decades of respiratory research in Birmingham, the University of Birmingham held a special celebratory event in April 2024.
Date:
05 June 2024

Research reveals ethnic minority heart failure patients at higher risk of death than white patients

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Description:
An analysis of data from over 16,700 patients reveals that ethnic minority patients with heart failure are at much higher risk of death than white patients.
Date:
04 June 2024

Statisticians call for rigour and transparency in the evaluation of diagnostic tests

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Description:
Report published today includes recommendations designed to establish robust processes for diagnostic tests
Date:
30 May 2024

Birmingham wins two NIHR Research for Patient Benefit awards

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Description:
Researchers from the School of Nursing and Midwifery received funding awards for their work benefitting the health and wellbeing of patients and their families.
Date:
23 May 2024

E-MOTIVE wins prestigious Trial of the Year Award

Adam Devall collects the award
Description:
A Birmingham-led trial, which promises to make childbirth safer around the world, receives respected international accolade.
Date:
23 May 2024

Culture Forward showcases Qur’an in the City at Parliament's Jain celebration

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Description:
The celebratory event is a key fixture in the Jain and House of Commons calendar.
Date:
21 May 2024

Four Birmingham Professors nominated as new Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

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Description:
The new Fellows have been recognised for their remarkable contributions to advancing biomedical and health sciences.
Date:
21 May 2024