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World-first UK trial to assess whether cannabis-based drug could extend life for thousands with aggressive brain tumours

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Description:
The University of Birmingham will co-ordinate a major UK trial to analyse the efficacy of cannabis-based drug Sativex in treating the most aggressive form of brain tumours.
Date:
04 August 2021

New research to find out what damage diabetes does to the smallest blood vessels of the heart in order to develop new therapies

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Description:
Dr Neena Kalia, Reader at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, has been awarded a three-year BHF research grant to find out what damage diabetes does to the smallest blood vessels of the heart.
Date:
04 August 2021

New Birmingham-Roche collaboration targets new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease

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Description:
A new £850k collaboration between Birmingham Health Partners and global biotechnology leaders Roche is set to improve both diagnosis and care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
Date:
04 August 2021

Availability of consultants is not the cause of the so-called 'weekend effect' in hospitals, major study finds

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Description:
A major study led by the University of Birmingham has revealed that a lack of available specialist consultants in hospitals at the weekend is not the cause of the so-called 'weekend effect'.
Date:
02 August 2021

Birmingham cancer project enters Immuno-oncology Alliance

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Description:
Birmingham researchers partnered with Cancer Research UK in one of the first target identification projects for the Immuno-oncology Alliance, which translates discovery science into new therapeutics for cancer patients.
Date:
29 July 2021

New study aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women with multiple health conditions

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Description:
The University of Birmingham is leading a new three-year UK-wide study aimed at improving healthcare and outcomes for pregnant women who have two or more active long-term health conditions.
Date:
23 July 2021

Longer interval between the first and second Pfizer vaccine boosts antibody levels and 'helper' T cells

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Description:
A new study carried out in collaboration with the University of Birmingham shows both short and long dosing schedules of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine generate strong antibody and T cell immune responses.
Date:
23 July 2021

People with five or more symptoms in first week of infection more likely to develop long COVID

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Description:
The presence of more than five symptoms of COVID-19 in the first week of infection is significantly associated with the development of long COVID.
Date:
23 July 2021

Rheumatology Research Group awarded five year EULAR Centre of Excellence Status

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Description:
In July 2021, the University of Birmingham's Rheumatology Research Group (RRG) was awarded five year EULAR Centre of Excellence Status for the second time in a row.
Date:
22 July 2021

Melissa Grant wins Microbiology in Society Award

Description:
Dr Melissa Grant is the winner of The Microbiology Society's 2021 Microbiology in Society Award for her engagement project Beyond Blue Skies Biology.
Date:
19 July 2021

Human waste contaminating urban water leads to 'superbug' spread - study

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Description:
New study shows the contamination of urban water in LMICs is leading to a spread of 'superbugs'.
Date:
15 July 2021

Partnership will create the next generation of researchers to transform global healthcare

Professor Dan Tennant
Description:
The Universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham have launched a partnership training the next generation of leading researchers the skills required to transform our understanding and treatment of disease.
Date:
13 July 2021
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